Tripp and his adventurer daughter Maria Sol had a truly extraordinary, life-affirming experience visiting our good friends at Centro de Mujeres de la Esperanza in El Paso, Texas during the weekend of September 8-11. Tripp and Sol arrived in El Paso on Saturday the 8th and without skipping a beat were whisked off for a whirlwind tour of El Paso as well as the border with Ciudad Juarez, (thank you Nikki and West)! On Sunday the 9th, Tripp was one of several speakers who addressed a crowd of about 50 fair traders at St Patrick’s Cathedral. The event, entitled Fair Trade and Our Faith, featured a moving presentation by Fr. Rick Matty, who shared his experiences with the coffee farmers in Chiapas, Mexico, as well as hard-core Fair Trade presentations by our dynamo hosts Nikki Hertel and Joe Michon along with our friends from St. Pius X. The event ended with West Cosgrove, who runs Casa Puente and leads border immersion trips, read the recently approved Declaration to make El Paso a Fair Trade Diocese. The event was sponsored by Centro de Mujeres de la Esperanza, the Peace and Justice Commission of St. Patrick Cathedral, JustFAITH of St. Pius X, the Sacred Earth Ministry of St. Pius X, the Diocesan Peace and Justice Ministry, and Café Campesino.
On Monday, September 10th, Nikki led Tripp and Sol across the bridge into Ciudad Juarez for a visit with the wonderful women of Siglo 21 who are participating in El Centro de Mujeres “Women Learning to Earn Program”. Tripp and Sol were invited to a meeting held by the group which featured a class on how to make piñatas. Queremos agradecer a las mujeres de Siglo 21 por su valiosa hospitalidad.
That evening, Nikki led a meeting with local restaurateurs at El Centro de Mujeres de la Esperanza. Nikki, Tripp, and Rosa Saenz, owner of El Paso’s best and biggest Mexican restaurant Los Banditos de Carlos and Mikey’s (which also happen to serve Café Campesino’s CRS Fair Trade Program coffee —thank you Rosa!), introduced Fair Trade and Café Campesino coffee to this unique gathering of restaurant owners, all of whom seemed extremely interested in adding Fair Trade coffee to their menus!
Tripp, Sol and all of us here at café Campesino want to thank everyone at El Centro de Mujeres de la Esperanza, Joe and Linda Michon, Nikki Hertel, West Cosgrove, and Nikki’s most incredible friends who went out of their way to host Tripp and Sol.
The annual meeting of Cooperative Coffees was held from September 24th through September 30th in Matagalpa, Nicaragua, which provided a simply beautiful setting for this important annual get together! Maty spent the first part of the week meeting and working with fellow roasters and a good number of our producer partners, talking coffee and learning more about the art of cupping, organics and fair trade. Kudos to Dona Maty and Roastmaster Lee… our Sumatra and Peru Full City roasts were selected as tops at an informal cupping by our producer partners and fellow Coop Coffees members during the AGM. (Take advantage of our 10% off offer in this month’s newsletter special to find out for yourself how good these coffees are!) As Maty flew back on the 27th to resume her roasting duties, Tripp and Abby flew in for the Coop Coffees meetings, where the roasters and producers dug in to the business of Cooperative Coffees and the dynamic and evolving world of Fair Trade, which you can read about in Bill’s article The State of Fair Trade: Where We Stand in this issue of Fair Grounds.
Café Campesino would like to thank our friends Geoffrey and J, and all of our friends at BRAG for keeping the coffee flowing at this year’s Georgia Bikefest in Newnan, Georgia.
This past weekend, October 6th-7th, Geoffrey and a very small crew of great folks, served up about a thousand cups of Café Campesino from the Fair Trade Café at this year’s GreenFest in Washington, DC. We’re thrilled to have been part of this great annual “celebration of what’s working in our communities– for people, for businesses and for the environment.” GreenFest is a joint project of Co-op America (of which Café Campesino is a most enthusiastic member) and Global Exchange, that brings together local and national socially responsible businesses, and environmental, social justice and community organizations. Hundreds of thousands of concerned individuals over the years have attended these “parties with a purpose” aimed at forging a just, sustainable, inclusive economy — a green economy. For more information on GreenFest in Washington D.C. and other Green Fests around the country, visit their website.
On October 20th and 21st, Tripp and Geoffrey will be traveling to Tuscaloosa, Alabama to visit our friends Earl and Frances Self Drennen at Manna Grocery and Deli and partner with their crack team to serve up Café Campesino at this year’s Kentuck Festival. The Kentuck Festival, nationally recognized for its quality and diversity, celebrates a variety of artistic styles ranging from folk to contemporary arts as well as traditional crafts. Each of the 250+ artists participating in the Festival is either invited as a guest artist or is juried based on the quality and originality of their work. The guest artists are nationally recognized folk and visionary artists whose powerful visual images continue to capture national and international acclaim. Mose Tolliver, Annie Tolliver Turner, Lonnie Holley, Jimmy Lee Sudduth and Charlie Lucas are among the self-taught artists Kentuck has been honored to showcase.The Festival features educational craft demonstrations where masters of artistic tradition share their skills with Kentuck visitors at locations throughout the park. Some of the talents showcased at Kentuck are the work and practice of southern basketmakers, blacksmiths, furniture makers, quilters and traditional potters. Kentuck also specializes in pleasing the ear and palate. Two stages offer continuous performances of legendary blues, bluegrass, folk, country, gospel, classical and alternative rock, while food vendors serve a variety of delectable fare including ribs, gyros, Cajun and vegetarian. Find out more about the museum and the festival at Kentuck’s website.
Tags: Abby Welch, AGM, Alabama, border immersion trips, Casa Puente, Centro de Mujeres de la Esperanza, Chiapas, Ciudad Juarez, Co-op America, Cooperative Coffees Annual Meeting, Diocesan Peace and Justice Ministry, Earl Drennen, El Paso, Fair Trade and Our Faith, Father Rick Matty, Frances Self Drennen, Geoffrey Hennies, Georgia, Georgia Bikefest, Global Exchange, green economy, Greenfest, Joe Michon, Kentuck Festival, Lee Harris, Manna Grocery & Deli, Matagalpa, Maty de Barrios, Mexico, Newnan, Nicaragua, Nikki Hertel, Peru Full City, Rosa Saenz, Siglo 21, St Patrick's Cathedral, St. Pius X, Sumatra Full City, Texas, Tripp Pomeroy, Tuscaloosa, Washington D.C., Wes Cosgrove
Well, we wish we could say we’re going to miss summertime as it gives way to autumn, but after what has been one heck of a long, hot, dry summer, we’re nothing short of overjoyed that cooler temperatures and real coffee-drinkin’ weather are upon us. As usual, we’ve got a lot going on here at Café Campesino! From our new line-up of gift boxes and the introduction of nifty sampler packs, to our upcoming Cooperative Coffees annual meeting in Nicaragua, to GreenFest DC just around the corner in October, there’s mucho to read about in this edition of Fair Grounds… so brew up a cup or three of your favorite Café Campesino coffee, sit back, relax and read on!
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.
Tags: Abby Welch, AGM, Alabama, BikeFest, Bill Harris, Bobby Bright, Bogotá, BRAG, C&H Variety, CECOCAFEN, Centro Mujeres de la Esperanza, Clifford Terrell, Colombia, Cooperative Coffees, Cooperative Coffees Annual Meeting, cupping, El Paso, Geoffrey Hennies, Georgia, Greenfest, Madelyn Madrid, Managua, Maty de Barrios, Maxwell Air Force Base, Mexico-U.S. border, Montgomery, Newnan, Nicaragua, Tripp Pomeroy, women's empowerment
Between frantically roasting and packing orders during our busiest month, and tweaking our plans for the upcoming year; it is hard for us to stop, take a deep breath, and gaze into the rear view mirror. But while sitting around the dinner table at Tripp’s house last night, we all agreed that it sure feels good to look back for a moment and smile. Another remarkable year is winding down here at Cafe Campesino and we are so grateful to all of you for your support and encouragement as our little coffee experiment continues to grow. So here is a list of a few of the accomplishments as well as the fun events and visits that we have been blessed with during the last year.
We love visitors! Rigoberto of the Santa Anita Coop in Guatemala spent several days with us and helped us design the Power of 100 program that is helping their community recover from Hurricane Stan. We were also fortunate to host Sra. Esperanza Dionisio and Don Marcial Lazo Mucha of CAC Pangoa, Elizabeth Villa Junco of CEPROAP in Peru, Mario Chacon of the Green Development Foundation’s Progresso Coffee Program, and Wilman Sotelo, of Fondo Paez in Colombia, this past April.
Green Beans don’t float… We began the year in a precarious position – our supply of green coffee in New Orleans was wiped out by Katrina, so we were scrambling as Cooperative Coffees slowly recovered from the storm and established an inventory in Toronto. By March, we were back to full stock — but those first few months were tough!
New toys… During the summer we traded Little Red in for Big Yellow, a 50 pound per batch coffee roasting machine manufactured by our friends at Ambex. This tripled our per-hour roasting capacity — and helps Lee maintain his sanity during the busy holidays.
Coffee to Go, Please… The mobile brewing team has been quite active this year; serving cyclists, paddlers, festival attendees, activist and many others throughout the southeast. This year we caffeinated folks at the Bicycle Ride Across Georgia, Paddle Georgia, the SOA Watch Vigil, the Greenfest in Washington, DC., and many other events.
Fair Trade on the Big Screen… Black Gold, an award winning documentary which follows our friend Tadesse Meskela as he navigates the back roads of Ethiopia and the perils of the international coffee market, premiered in Atlanta and Savannah last month. We attended these events and spoke afterwards about our experiences working with Tadesse. This film is getting the Fair Trade message out to thousands in theaters across the country.
World Fair Trade Day… We sponsored a day of activities here in Americus, beginning with a proclamation by our Mayor recognizing World Fair Trade Day and culminating with an international pot luck dinner, party and movie night at the roastery.
Partnerships Rock! The essence of Fair Trade is found in this word — partnership. We always hope that the relationship that we have with farmers, our customers, our vendors will really be considered a partnership. One particular partnership that has blossomed over the last year is the Catholic Relief Services Fair Trade program. We are shipping thousands of pounds of coffee to parishes, dioceses and other Catholic groups throughout the country who are committed to helping us build an alternative system of international trade by serving Fair Trade coffee.
What better way to wrap up such a good year than with a heartfelt Thank You to everyone who is making Fair Trade work!
Tags: Ambex, Americus, Atlanta, Big Yella, Black Gold, BRAG, CAC Pangoa, CEPROAP, Colombia, Cooperative Coffees, CRS Fair Trade Program, Don Marcial Lazo Mucha, Elizabeth Villa Junco, Esperanza Dionisio, Ethiopia, Fair Trade, Fondo Paez, Green Development Foundation, Greenfest, guatemala, Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Stan, Mario Chacon, New Orleans, Paddle Georgia, partnership, Peru, Power of 100, Rigoberto Augustin Ramirez, Santa Anita, Savannah, SOA Watch, Tadesse Meskela, Tripp Pomeroy, Washington D.C., Wilman Sotelo, World Fair Trade Day
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