Trips: Guatemala

Written by Cafe Campesino on Sep 7, 2010 in NEWSLETTER, Trips |


Last month, Bill and Tripp travelled down to Antigua, Guatemala to facilitate a week-long workshop on “The Market & Risk Management” with 25 representatives from the following small-scale coffee farmer cooperatives: ACODEROL, APECAFORM, SAN LUCAS TOLIMAN, ASOCAMPO, and Sta. Anita. This workshop addressed a variety of market-related issues and was part of the ongoing Catholic Relief Services (CRS) CAFE Livelihoods Program, of which Cooperative Coffees is an active participant. Among the workshops participants, Cafe Campesino has been working with our good friends from APECAFORM since the beginning (more than 10 years now) and we were delighted to also spend quality time with our friends Rigo and Mincho from Sta. Anita – a Cafe Campesino trading partner for the past 4 years. Bill and Tripp had facilitated a quality workshop last year for the same group of organizations and many of the friends made at the first workshop participated in this workshop (gracias Nilmo por todo su ayuda!). Bill and Tripp worked with our friend and CRS project manager for Guatemala – Luis Rohr – to address issues like: how the New York “C” works, elements of a fair coffee contract and how coffee coops can negotiate best terms, the coffee chain and why so little winds up in the farmer’s hands, and what the US coffee market looks like and how small-scale farmer coops can best project and present their identity (and coffee) to prospective buyers. The group was also joined by our long-time friends, supporters, allies, and colleagues Miguel Mateo from Manos Campesinas and Michael Sheridan, the CAFE Livelihoods Program Director. One note – while we were there, the group traveled out to a truly extraordinary macadamia nut farm – stay tuned to¬† for more info about this fantastic experience!

Here are some pictures from the visit:

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