Introduction: Autumn Brings Both Celebration and Challenge

Written by Cafe Campesino on Oct 1, 2005 in Introduction, NEWSLETTER |

As we mentioned in last month’s newsletter, we’re thrilled that Café Campesino has been nominated for Co-op America’s first ever People’s Choice Award for Green Business of the Year. While we’re currently in the middle of pack, you can help move us to the top of the list. Just go to, click the button for Café Campesino, enter your info at the bottom of the page, and hit the “Vote for this Business” button. It’s easy and fun! Winners will be announced on November 5th at the Green Festival in San Francisco.

Just a quick reminder about our coffee supply: Virtually all of Cooperative Coffees’ green beans had been stored in New Orleans at the nation’s largest coffee storage facility when Hurricane Katrina hit. At present, it appears that all of our coffee that had been in storage there has, in fact, been lost. As a result, we will continue to experience periodic shortages of some of our coffees for the next one to two months; however, we should be able to fulfill most orders and, as usual, provide you with some of the best roasted-to-order Fair Trade, organic coffee in the country. We thank all of our loyal customers for their understanding and support during this challenging time.

In this issue of Fair Grounds, we provide an update on yet another hurricane – Stan – and its devastating impact on the people of Guatemala. We also feature a report from Tripp and Bill on the first ever Fair Trade Futures Conference, introduce you to the KNCU Cooperative in Tanzania (producer of this month’s special coffee), share our Fair Trade adventures in Community Caravan, and spotlight Sobornost for the World Foundation’s World Village Fair Trade Market and our Fair Trade Partner, Maya Tech Learning Centers. All this plus a new trivia question and recipe make for a jam-packed issue. Settle back with a mug of your favorite brew and read on…

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