Introduction: November 2010

Written by Cafe Campesino on Nov 11, 2010 in Introduction, NEWSLETTER |

Welcome to the November 2010 edition of Fair Grounds .  A couple of mentions as we begin:  our Bill Harris is currently in Sumatra, Indonesia, visiting with trading partners there in his role as president of Cooperative Coffees and representative of Cafe Campesino.  More on that venture when he returns.  And we’re excited to tell you that Cafe Campesino coffees are now making their way onto the shelves at Atlanta-area Whole Foods Markets!!  A bit more on that in Community Caravan.  Also in the Caravan, you’ll hear from our coffee house in Atlanta as well as Sweetwater Organic Coffee in Gainesville, FL.  Both of these locations are busy, busy doing what they do in gearing up for another busy holiday season.  When the weather cools down, the coffee business heats up and, for that, we are thankful to you all for the support.  Our fair trade coffee community relies on continued support from within and without and we want to take time now to give kudos to a fellow fair trading roaster who recently was awarded a significant honor.

Congratulations to Conscious Coffees, a fellow Cooperative Coffees member that was named “Micro-Roaster of the Year” inRoast Magazine’s November/December 2010 issue. This is the second year in a row that a Cooperative Coffees member has been named “Micro-Roaster of the Year” by the magazine; last year Kickapoo Coffee of Viroqua, Wisconsin, received the honor. Way to source, Coop Coffees!

Conscious Coffees is a Boulder, Colo.-based roaster that is on-track to roast 85,000 pounds in 2010, according to Roast Magazine’s article. The article recognizes husband-and-wife team Mark and Mel Glenn’s commitment to roasting almost exclusively single origin coffees (as opposed to blends) and the company’s relentless quest to reduce waste, which includes delivering coffee by bicycle in Boulder, using reusable steel cans to package 12 oz. retail coffees and recollecting and recycling the plastic bags that it uses to package wholesale orders.

A large part of the article is also devoted to Cooperative Coffees. Mark explains how membership in Cooperative Coffees enables him to work directly with farmers, ‘we can be the little guy who might only buy 40 bags of Guatemalan, but I can still work at an in-depth level with farmers because the co-op is collectively buying an entire container,’ he is quoted in the article. Read more from the article online – – and learn more about Cooperative Coffees, the 23-member green coffee importing cooperative that Café Campesino helped to establish, at

And now, before we turn you loose to read the rest of this issue of Fair Grounds, we want point out that we have lots and lots of gift ideas for your holiday shopping pleasure .  Fair Trade gifts are such a nice way to promote the socioeconomic justice that this business strives for.  We know that you seek that too (along with a good cup of coffee or tea!)  Well, we’ve got both and there are lots of combinations to choose from in our gift box category.  Lots of coffee accessories as well.  Check them out and let us know if you have any questions or don’t see what you’re looking for.  And as always, we offer flat-rate shipping of $4.95 for all retail orders.  We aim to please your Fair Trade needs.  Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!  Cheers!

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