Community Caravan

Written by Cafe Campesino on Mar 6, 2010 in Community Caravan, NEWSLETTER |

Last Month, Tripp traveled down to meet and work with our friends at Maya Vinic in Acteal, Mexico… Chiapas. He joined our good friend and fellow coop member Chris Treter of Higher Grounds, representing Cooperative Coffees as part of the USAID-funded Farmer to Farmer program. When Tripp and Chris weren’t out in the field, they stayed at the apartment of another good friend, Tomas Johnson, who owns and operates Cloudforest Initiatives… also a member of Cooperative Coffees. During their week in Chiapas, they traveled to meet with a number of the coop’s members, observe a CRS Caf� Livelihoods program workshop for the coop’s promotores (the guys who go out to their communities to provide organic cultivation technical support), meet with the coop’s board of directors to discuss a broad variety of subjects including quality and their financial needs, and spend a day with the coop’s management team and roasters to discuss and work on their roasting operation. Says Tripp of the experience, “It was a powerful week, especially given that this was my first time visiting trading partners in Mexico. I learned so much from our friends at Maya Vinic and Chris – I’m looking forward to my next visit there.” Tripp noted that on the front wall of the coop’s warehouse and processing plant, the following words are painted prominently: “Oy cuxlejal yu’un licajuele.” In the local language, Tzotzil, this means “coffee gives life.” To learn more about where we get our most excellent Chiapas Full City Roast, read our profile of Maya Vinic.

Members of Maya Vinic from the Yaxgemel community.

Sweetwater Organic Coffee Company..

At our roastery in Gainesville, FL, things are going well. Here’s a snapshot of some local events Sweetwater is currently involved with:

March 12-14 – Helping to sponsor the 2nd Annual Harvest of Hope Fest in St. Augustine, Florida at the St. Johns Fair Grounds. This weekend music festival features more than 100 bands and attendance is expected to top 17,000 people for the 3-day event. Proceeds from the event benefit the Harvest of Hope Foundation and their work to fund immigrant needs when faced with hardship.

every Wednesday you can find Sweetwater Coffee at the Union Street Farmers’ Market. The farmers’ market on the Downtown Plaza in Gainesville is one of the larger markets in the county. Brightly colored tents surround the outskirts of the plaza with produce, bakery goods, a hot dog stand, arts and crafts items, and more. A refrigerated truck holds beef from grass-fed cows and milk that is certified. A band may play and one may sometimes find baby farm animals for children to pet. A large grassy area is perfect for children to play and folks to relax.
When: Every Wednesday, 4 to 7 p.m.
Where: Downtown Community Plaza, East University Avenue and SE 1st Street, Gainesville.

In Atlanta..

Ongoing – Caf� Campesino Atlanta is looking for cateringclients in the Atlanta area – If you know of anyone organizing breakfast meetings or gatherings, have them contact our Atlanta coffee shop for organic, Fair Trade coffee, freshly baked scones, muffins, cookies, granola parfaits, breakfast burritos and more. 404-254-2029. See our complete catering menu

Feb. 19-20 – Tripp, Bill and Nema attended the Georgia Organics Conference in Athens. Great Job, Georgia Organics! (Be sure to read the conference recap in the article above.)

Feb. 25 – Caf� Campesino participated in Sevananda’s Java Kiss member mixer event held at Radial Caf� in Atlanta. Good food, good coffee, good times. Thanks for having us, Sevananda.

Feb. 26 – Caf� Campesino Atlanta hosted Emory University students in charge of the student-run coffee cart, The Green Bean, that is selling Caf� Campesino coffee on Emory’s campus. The students toured the Atlanta coffee shop, learned a bit more about Caf� Campesino and made their first lattes and cappuccinos. Surprisingly glassy milk and tasty drinks for a first go. Baristas anyone?

March 3 – Caf� Campesino Atlanta takes its show on-the-road- to the Decatur’s Farmers Market. Caf� Campesino Atlanta will be selling its freshly brewed coffee, hot cocoa, spicy sweet chai and freshly roasted whole bean coffee Wednesday afternoons at the Decatur Farmers Market. Wednesdays, 4-7 p.m., at the corner of Commerce Dr. and Church St. in Decatur. More Info.

March 17 – “The Whats, Whys and Hows of Organics Eating” at 12 p.m. Caf� Campesino Atlanta collaborates with Green City Market, a new vendor in the Sweet Auburn Curb Market, to host their first organic foods discussion. “The Whats, Whys and Hows of Organics Eating” will be held at 12 p.m. at Caf� Campesino Atlanta. The discussion will be led by Kip Slaughter, a registered dietitian and manager of food service projects at Emory Healthcare. Food samples offered. Come and bring a friend!

March 31 – Tripp will be speaking about Fair Trade at Emory University during Mark Causey’s Food Ethics Class, held at 2 p.m.

And, in Americus..

Feb. 18-19 – A group of 4 college students stopped in to visit and share some of their story as they continued on their “Trail of Dreams” – a walk from their homes in Miami, FL, all the way to Washington, DC, to draw attention to and advocate for undocumented immigrants who simply want an equal opportunity to attend school, work, and live in this country. See picture below that was taken just before they began their walk out of Americus and visit to see the latest on their journey and read their inspiring stories. We think you’ll be glad you did.

Feb. 20 – The coffee house hosted the Americus Board Gaming Society (AMBOGS) event. Young and old were introduced to and challenged by some very interesting board games and fun was had by all!

Feb. 27 – Tripp will be speaking about Fair Trade at Emory University during Mark Causey’s Food Ethics Class, held at 2 p.m.

April 10 – Our very own Joe Johnston (Joe the barista, carpenter, plumber, shopper, recycler, all-around handyman, recipe thinker-upper, and soon-to-be husband) is in the final month of preparation leading up to his wedding to his love, Becky. More on this big occasion next month. In the meantime, drop by and wish him well on the wonderful event.

April 16-18 – Geoffrey will be serving up BRAG Brew again at the BRAG Spring Tune-Up. Don’t miss out on another great, well organized weekend ride, sign up today at

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