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Sept. 11th – We had a wildly successful “CapPOOCHino Day” at the coffee house. Dog wash, raffle, sales, and donations raised nearly $1700 for our local Sumter Humane Society. Dare we say it: It was a dog-gone good time!
We also had a visit that same day from a group from Macon (thanks Gwendolyn and friends) who dropped in during their SAM Shortline train ride layover in Americus. They enjoyed lunch, a tour of the roastery, and shopping for coffee, etc.
Oct. 5th – Mount de Sales Academy, a Catholic school in Macon, visited Americus to tour Habitat for Humanity’s Global Village, Koinonia Farm, and Cafe Campesino as a field trip for a social justice class that is part of the 8th grade curriculum at their school. We enjoyed hosting the group of nearly 50 students and their chaperones. Several good questions were discussed during their tour and students enjoyed a multitude of frappes, lattes, etc. from the coffee bar. Cheers to the school and the students for their participation in active learning about social justice!
Oct. 15th to 17th - BRAG BikeFest weekend – Geoffrey is gearing up for serving coffee at another event on the road, again in Tifton, GA for the fall BRAG event. Stay tuned for a wrap-up report in next month’s edition.
September has come and gone and we here at Sweetwater have been busy!
We are adding Teas and Chai to our coffee offerings and should have them on the website in a few days!!!!
Sweetwater was represented by Tina Adkins at the Cooperative Coffees Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Madison, Wisconsin for 4 days of meetings, discussions and cuppings. This is the first time that Sweetwater attended the AGM. Lots of ideas were gathered and will be put into effect. We have also accepted a challenge to raise $1500 ($750 from us and $750 from Cafe Campesino) to donate to Run Across Ethiopia which will take place on January 8, 2011. A small group of runners will run 400 kilometers across Southern Ethiopia as part of a campaign to generate awareness and funding for education. Chris Treter ofHigher Grounds in Traverse City, Michigan and a member of Cooperative Coffees will be one of the participants. Join us in our campaign to bring the gift of education to the children of coffee growing families in Ethiopia. To learn more and to donate check out On the Ground.
On Friday, October 1st, Harvest of Hope and Sweetwater hosted a Live and Silent Auction to raise money for the Migrant Farm Workers in Alachua County. Since 1997, the Harvest of Hope Foundation has distributed more than $830,000 in emergency and educational financial aid to migrant farmworkers and their families across the country. This event raised $2000 in funds and was well attended.
Happy Halloween from all of us here at Sweetwater! Until next time..
End of September: The Sweet Auburn Curb Market gets a new look! Check out the market’s sparkling new website and logo designed by Joel Riggs.
Friday, Sept. 24: Café Campesino joined the Sweet Auburn Curb Market in hosting an Atlanta Streets Alive! kick-off party.
Sunday, Oct. 3: Café Campesino participated in the annual Field of Greens Festival that celebrated local farmers and chefs in support of Whippoorwill Hollow Farm and Slow Food Atlanta.
Sunday, Oct. 17: Café Campesino opens in support of Atlanta Streets Alive- an opportunity to play in the streets! Learn more about ASA online and plan to come to the Sweet Auburn Curb Market to join cyclists, walkers, runners, skaters and revelers take over Edgewood Ave. on Sunday afternoon.
Oct. 23-24: Café Campesino & the Sweet Auburn Curb Market participate in Taste of Atlanta- a two-day food festival in midtown Atlanta.
Oct. 30: Café Campesino in Sweet Auburn celebrates its 1st anniversary (that’s right, it’s been a year) with a breakfast and Halloween –Edgewood Avenue- Costume Party walk. Come get tasty treats and delicious, Fair Trade coffee and take a walk through Oakland Cemetery. Check Café Campesino Atlanta’s Facebook page to find out what time the walk leaves from the Sweet Auburn Curb Market.
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Café Campesino Presents…Movie Night – Join us Thursday, September 10 for a free screening of Beautiful Girls. Timothy Hutton and Uma Thurman head an all-star cast in this poignant drama that confronts the mens’ struggles to connect with the women who affect their decisions, dreams, and desires. Keep an eye out for a young Natalie Portman in a role that is considered by many to be her best. The movie starts at 8pm. Doors open at 7:30.
CRS project in Nicaragua – Bill and Tripp are currently in Nicaragua as participating delegates in the ongoing and far reaching CRS CAFE Livelihoods project. This weeklong visit is business-centered as they are working to add structure and knowledge to the day-to-day activities required for the international trade of coffee.
Tea Class – On the morning of Saturday, September 19th, our friend, neighbor, and tea afficionado Jim Foglio will be demonstrating brewing techniques and flavor profiling for some of his favorite teas in the cafe. This free class begins at 9:30am. All are invited although space is limited. Please RSVP our cafe or office if you plan to attend.
Turkish coffee class – On the morning of Saturday, September 26th, Burt Carter, coffee buff and longtime customer, will lead a Turkish coffee class at the cafe to share and inform about the art and taste of Turkish coffee. This free class begins at 9:30am. All are invited although space is limited. Please RSVP our cafe or office if you plan to attend.
Rylander Theater – On Saturday, September 12th, the Golden Dragon Acrobats, a company of 21 Chinese acrobats, are returning by popular demand to the stage of the historic Rylander Theater in downtown Americus for two performances, a 2pm matinee and a 7pm evening show. Tickets available now at the box office and online atwww.rylander.org.
Taste of Sumter – Thursday afternoon and evening, September 24th, brings another of our favorite tasty events. Taste of Sumter is a street festival that gives local businesses the chance to showcase their favorite foods and beverages to a hungry crowd. Thousands will attend. We hope to see you there.
Field of Greens [fieldofgreensgeorgia.org]– October 4th – We enjoyed last year’s event so much, we’re headed back to Whippoorwill Hollow Organic Farm in Walnut Grove, GA to serve some more fair trade, organic coffee and learn from the wealth of info that assembles for this event. (The food is pretty good too!) Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit Georgia’s local organic farming community and Slow Food Atlanta.
Return to Eden [return2eden.com]– A new marketing campaign by this natural foods store in Atlanta has resulted in full-on advertisement on a city MARTA bus. See below. Do you see our logo? We got bus-ted! Thanks, Return to Eden, for your efforts and for including us in them.
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