Introduction: Fair Trade and Cafe Campesino March On…

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

On behalf of everyone at Cafe Campesino and our producer partners throughout the world, we extend our most heartfelt sympathies to the people of New Orleans and our many friends and colleagues there who are facing the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. New Orleans has long been the primary port of entry for coffee destined for the eastern United States. The vast majority of the coffee Cafe Campesino uses comes to us through the port in New Orleans via our fair trade green bean purchasing cooperative Cooperative Coffees. Virtually all of Cooperative Coffee’s green beans had been stored in New Orleans at the nation’s largest coffee storage facility. Though almost a month has passed since Hurricane Katrina hit, we have yet to confirm the condition of our green coffee that was in storage there during the Hurricane and ensuing floods. Sadly, we do know that many of our friends at Dupuy Storage in New Orleans have lost everything.

Given that it will be some time before normal operations resume and coffee is flowing normally again, we ask for your understanding during the next several weeks as we will periodically experience shortages of some of our coffees. Please be assured that we will do our best and 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 you for your understanding and support during this difficult time.

On a brighter note…much brighter…Cooperative Coffee’s annual meeting in Quetzaltenango (Xela) Guatemala produced remarkable results. To learn more about how the meeting impacted our model of Fair Trade, read on…

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