Lots and lots and lots of happenings at Cafe Campesino Americus and Atlanta and at Sweetwater:
August 20th – A big “THANK YOU” to all who came out for the 2nd annniversary of our coffee house. We enjoyed a potluck meal and friendly atmosphere for several hours that night. Our customers and supporters continue to remind us how fortunate we are to be able to do what we do. (Let’s do it again next year!)
August 21st - A delegation from Myoshi City, Japan visited Americus and Sumter Co. for several days of touring our area. They stopped by the coffee house & roastery for a tour as well as breakfast. We welcomed them and look forward to next year’s visit as part of the “sister cities” program that Americus and Myoshi City participate in.
Sept. 11th – Join us at the coffee house in Americus between 9am and 2pm for “CapPOOCHino Day”, a fundraiser for our Sumter Humane Society. There will be a dog wash, doggie contests with prizes (Prettiest Pup, Dog-Owner Look Alike, Biggest Dog, Tiniest Dog, and more), a Retriever Raffle ($1 per ticket) for great gift baskets donated by local supporters, and Cafe Campesino will be donating 10% of sales that day to the shelter and their good work. Our own Rebecca Young, a board member of SHS, has been hard at work to organize the event and we’re expecting a big turnout including a tour group of 25 or so folks that will be stopping in for a tour as well as lunch. Volunteers for the dog wash are welcome. We hope to see you there.
October 15-17: Cafe Campesino will be serving Coffee to riders in Tifton, GA for this year’s Bikefest. More information atwww.BRAG.org
Hello to all from Sweetwater Organic Coffee in sunny and a bit cooler Gainesville, Florida!
August was a scorcher and roasting was in top form with business as usual. Kyle Caskey, son of Jim Caskey-Sweetwater’s roaster, has joined the Sweetwater family as our Farmers Market representative. As a junior in high school and being dual-enrolled at the local college he has his hands full but has done well with adjusting to the new schedule as well as learning the trade. We welcome Kyle to Sweetwater.
On August 20th, an entourage of Sweetwater employees as well as Tina’s mom, Sandra Davis, traveled to Americus to share in the festivities at Cafe Campesino’s 2nd Anniversary of the Coffee House! With much laughter, plenty of coffee, great food, and wonderful friends a superb time was had by all. *note: always check with the locals regarding lodging…but that’s another story in itself…
August was a rough month for our honorary roaster, Leathem, as he came down with pneumonia quite unexpectedly and couldn’t make the trip with us. Leathem is the son of Amanda Adkins-Manager of Sweetwater Organic Coffee. Happy news is that he is well on his way back to being his curious 20-month old self.
September is upon us and with it comes football season! Sweetwater and Cafe Campesino, in keeping with the football spirit, have thrown down a little wager. It’s the
Battle of the Bags!!!!! Orange & Blue for the Gators and Black &Red for the Bulldogs! Check out the websites for further updates and make sure you get your orders in! Support your favorite team and your local roasters!!!!!
Rusty, Cafe Campesino’s roaster, came to visit Sweetwater for the day! Although the temperatures run neck and neck, a change of scenery is always a great way to beat the heat! Sweetwater loves visitors!!!!
Our friends at Harvest of Hope Foundation will be hosting a Charity Fundraiser to benefit area migrant workers on Friday, Oct 1 from 6pm-9pm.
Last month, Cafe Campesino received a visit from David Zelski, Series Producer/Host for GPB television’s Georgia Travelerprogram, and his crew extraordinaire, for a day of filming, fun, and coffee. Georgia Traveler will be featuring Cafe Campesino sometime around Thanksgiving in a program they are running about GA businesses that try to give back. A week after their visit to Americus, David and crew paid a visit to Cafe Campesino at Sweet Auburn Curb Market to meet with and film our coffee house crew there. Below are two photos of their visit to the Atlanta coffee house – one with our dynamo marketing and promotions manager and barista Almeta Tuloss and another with our dynamo operations manager and barista Angelica Buono. Oh, we’re a photogenic crowd! But seriously, we would like to thank David and the rest of the GPB crew for what turned out to be a merry occasion laden with excessive coffee consumption and laughter to boot!
Tuesday, Aug. 23: Café Campesino at Sweet Auburn was featured alongside other Sweet Auburn Curb Market vendors in Georgia State University’s student newspaper, “The Signal.”
Friday, Aug. 27: Café Campesino at Sweet Auburn launched its “Back to School” special for Georgia State University students. Students get 10 percent off for the fall semester. The coffee shop also welcomed students for the Atlanta’s Urban Picnic. In particular, Georgia State’s Athletic Department, its student radio station, WRAS and the student paper, “The Signal” participated in the event.
Thursday, Sept. 9: Atlanta’s Urban Picnic at the Sweet Auburn Curb Market debuts on Thursday evenings. In addition to hosting Urban Picnics at lunchtime on the final Fridays of the month, the Sweet Auburn Curb Market is also hosting them in the evenings on second Thursdays. Urban Picnics bring together the Sweet Auburn Curb Market’s eclectic group of food vendors with Street Food Vendors for an outdoor, festival-like atmosphere- good food and good fun. Come on out.
Thursday, Sept. 9: Café Campesino at Sweet Auburn stays open until 8 p.m. on Thursdays. The coffee shop and other vendors in the market will start staying open late on Thursdays to welcome some after-work customers. Come visit!
Mid-September: Café Campesino Sweet Auburn will start offering bulk and roast-to-order coffee purchases. Roast-to-order: order ANY coffee from the Café Campesino roastery by 5pm on Tuesday and pick it up on Friday. (plus, no shipping charges!) Bulk coffee program: come in to get bulk coffee at discounted prices. Look for more information mid-month.
Sunday, Oct. 3: Café Campesino participates in the 5th Annual Field of Greens Festival on Whippoorwill Hollow Organic Farm in Walnut Grove, Georgia. Learn more about the event, here:http://www.fieldofgreensfestival.com/
Bill returned from a whirlwind visit to Colombia where he talked coffee and traveled around the country with our friend and Café Campesino cupper Madelyn Madrid. While in Colombia, Bill visited with the marketing office in Bogotá of one of our potentially new producer partners, visited a number of other coffee coops, and even grabbed a bit of time to rest and take in the sights! Welcome home Bill… we’re glad your back!
A big thanks to Geoffrey for servin’ up the brew to our BRAG supporters who rode in the inaugural SummerRide in Jasper, Georgia, the weekend of August 25-26.
We also want to congratulate Clifford Terrell and his team at C&H Variety on their recent ribbon cutting at Maxwell Air Force Base on August 29th, which included Montgomery, Alabama, Mayor Bobby Bright and our very own Tripp Pomeroy. C&H Variety serves up Café Campesino at the base’s clinic and in its college… Fair Trade style!
Thank you Clifford and all the folks at Maxwell AFB for your support!
This weekend, September 8th through the 11th, Tripp and his daughter Sol will be journeying to El Paso, Texas, for a Fair Trade open house hosted by our good friends at Centro Mujeres de la Esperanza. This event promises to be a fun and tasty way to get the word out about Café Campesino and our work as Fair Traders, though perhaps more importantly, it’s a great opportunity for Café Campesino to learn first-hand how folks on the front lines of Fair Trade are making it happen… and by the way, Centro de Mujeres is making it happen! Centro Mujeres is a non-profit women’s center that seeks to raise awareness of issues that affect women on the US/Mexico border and give local women a place to come together and share their stories. Check out the June 2007 newsletter for more information on Centro Mujeres!
From September 28-30, Geoffrey and crew will be in Newnan, Georgia, serving up those essential early morning cups of BRAG Brew to riders in this year’s BikeFest. A Café Campesino tradition, BikeFest is sure to be another hit for bike and coffee enthusiasts alike, especially if the gods of cool weather decide to revisit the state of Georgia by then. Learn about BikeFest 2007 here.
Here’s maybe the most exciting of our September Community Caravan news: Bill, Tripp, Maty, and Abby will be traveling to Nicaragua at the end of the month for Cooperative Coffees Annual General Meeting (AGM) from September 23rd through October 1st. For Maty, this will be her first time on a few fronts – first AGM, first visit with producers, and first meeting with her peers. This year’s meeting is being hosted by our producer partner in Nicaragua, Cecocafen (to learn more about Cecocafen, click here). Maty and Bill will be arriving in Managua on the 23rd for meetings and visits with producers after which Maty will spend a few days cupping coffee and talking roasting with her colleagues in Coop Coffees. As Maty is flying home on the 27th, Tripp and Abby will be flying down for the core three days of the AGM. Many thanks to Cecocafen for hosting this crazy, caffeinated bunch.
GreenFest DC is the first weekend in October! Café Campesino will be serving up the Fair Trade, organic java at this year’s GreenFest in Washington, DC on the weekend of October 6 – 7. Look for Geoffrey, crew, and your coffee fix in the Fair Trade Café on Saturday from 10AM to 8PM and on Sunday from 11AM to 6PM. For more information about this spectacular green event, put together by our friends at Co-op America and Global Exchange, visit the Green Festivals website.
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