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So much to catch up on… so much to talk about…
Where to start? Hmmm, let’s catch up a bit first!
The coffee house – the Cafe Campesino Fair Trade Coffee House - we’re almost there! We actually wrapped up the majority of the build-out just in time (literally) for the premier of Gail Segal’s film “Soapy” at the roastery this past Friday (read below for more on what was truly a stellar event). Thanks to the hard work of our friend and master carpenter Dave Landis and the Cafe Campesino crew we were able to preview what the coffee house will look like to more than 100 folks from Americus who joined us for the film’s premiere. We’ll be working hard over the next two weeks to get the place outfitted with equipment, stocked with supplies, and ready to open for business by (we hope) June 18th. Stay tuned for the final word on when we will be inspected, up, and running!
The 2008 World Fair Trade Day celebration at Cafe Campesino on May 10th… we registered 54 folks that day, though Rebecca, our southern voice, “reckons” we had at least 75 folks here drinking coffee, playing bocce ball, and joining in our community potluck later that evening. Regardless, we want to extend a hearty thanks to everyone who came down to the roastery to help us celebrate this year’s World Fair Trade Day – your support is most appreciated.
This past Friday, as readers of Fair Grounds likely know, we hosted the premier of “Soapy”, a documentary film about a local icon – James “Soapy” Herndon – that was conceived of and directed by our friend Gail Segal and co-produced by our friend and cinematographer extraordinaire Faith Fuller. We want to thank Gail and Faith for providing Cafe Campesino with such a wonderful opportunity to bring together this great community. Gail’s film is beautifully done, replete with good humor, meaningful observations, and interesting commentary on what it means to be human in a small southern town like Americus. “Soapy” not only captivated the 100 or so folks who came to see its premiere… it gave us all a unique opportunity to celebrate our humanity together… something that all too often seems to be missing in this fast paced, hyper sensationalized high-tech world of ours. So, again, we want to thank Gail and Faith, along with Soapy and his family, and the folks in our community, not just for joining us at Cafe Campesino but, more importantly, for being who you are! If you are interested in buying a copy of “Soapy” please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Monday, June 9th Tripp travels to our friends at Jonah’s on Jonston in Forsyth, Georgia who not only serve up Cafe Campesino but also have perhaps the best pizza and breads this side of the Mississippi! While there, Tripp will talk to the staff about Cafe Campesino’s work as a Fair Trade coffee company and work with them on preparing and talking to customers about Cafe Campesino coffee.
BRAG 2008 – Yup, it’s that time again – the annual Bike Ride Across Georgia (BRAG)… and Geoffrey is hard at work preparing in earnest for this Café Campesino summer ritual. BRAG 2008 runs from Oxford to St Simons from June 7th-14th, passing through Griffin, Macon, Dublin, Hazlehurst and Jesup. Two important notes… 1) Town Center Breads, friends, loyal Cafe Campesino customer, and server of the Brew du BRAG, is located right next to Oxford in Covington, Georgia. Be sure to stop by their beautiful cafe located at 4171 Raphael Street – call for hours/directions at 678-625-0000; 2) longtime customer, friends, and reseller of Cafe Campesino, Garden of Eat’n Natural Foods, is located in Jesup, which will host BRAG on Friday, June 13th. Garden of Eatn is a wonderful natural foods store and, like Town Center Breads, is a must-do… for directions and hours, call Garden of Eat’n at 912-588-9696.
Geoffrey will be joined by Scott Armstrong (long-standing BRAG rider, singer/song writer and friend of Café Campesino) and crew to serve up all the Café Campesino coffee, iced mochas and other sundry items this year’s riders can chug and munch down. And, as usual, Café Campesino will be offering “All You Can Drink in a Morning” wrist bracelets, providing unlimited access to coffee as well as a choice of two snacks, including muffins, bagels, fruit and other goodies (choice varies depending on local supply) every morning at camp until the last bicycle has pulled out. The bracelets are available for $35 each and can be purchased at www.brag.org or on-site at the Café Campesino booth in Oxford.
What do Café Campesino, Fair Trade and Georgia’s rivers have in common? 2008 Paddle Georgia! From June 21st through the 27th, Geoffrey will once again be serving up Café Campesino and talking Fair Trade with our friends at the 2008 Paddle Georgia. This year’s week-long canoe/kayak adventure on the Flint River runs from Thomaston to Montezuma. Daily paddle trips will average 13 miles. In addition to nightly camping with meals, games, entertainment and educational programs, tours of industrial facilities and historic sites, scientific research including chemical and biological water monitoring, Paddle Georgia offers paddling enthusiasts a unique opportunity to gather for companionship and camaraderie with each other. The event also serves as a fundraiser for the Georgia River Network, with proceeds supporting the creation of a Flint River protection group. For more information, visit the Paddle Georgia website at http://www.garivers.org/paddle_georgia/pghome.html.
While Geoffrey is caffeinating the Paddle Georgia paddlers, Tripp will be heading off to Tacuba, El Salvador where he will lead a delegation (including friends from: fellow Coop Coffees member Bongo Java, the CRS Fair Trade program, and longtime customer/supporter/ally the Sentient Bean) to meet and visit with our new trading partners at ACOES from June 25th through the 29th! ACOES is presently made up of La Concordia Cooperative, an 87 acre coffee farm collectively managed by its 22 members, and 6 independent farmers from El Sincuyo whose farms are about .75 acres each. Tacuba is situated in a mountainous region of El Salvador that is especially unique because much of the farmland borders the El Imposible National Park. To learn more about our new trading partners click here. FYI, their coffee is delicious… and a bit different. Here’s how we describe it: This newest addition to our Fair Trade coffee family lies on the dark side of medium. It is nicely balanced with a full, smooth body, soft acidity, and a sweet, mellow and chocolate flavor. Want some? Click here to buy a pound or two now.
After meeting with our friends at ACOES, Tripp and the delegation will head up to Ocotepeque, Honduras. There, Tripp is scheduled to make a presentation, while others in the delegation will be participating in a four-day workshop (June 30th-July 3rd) titled “Towards a Competitive Organic Coffee Culture,” hosted by the folks at CECECO which will bring together dozens of small scale coffee farmers, coop managers and those throughout the region committed to organic coffee. CEDECO is a non-governmental organization based in Costa Rica that is committed to promoting agricultural/ecological practices and intiatives that provide alternative development options for rural producers, with a particular focus on small-scale producers and small-scale producer organizations. To learn more about CEDECO, visit http://cedeco.or.cr/ (note: the site is in Spanish only).
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