A Cooperative Coffees e-Newsletter for and about Fair Trade
Issue No 2. July 2008
In this issue...
Outreach and special projects
- 6th Annual BALLE Conference
- CoopSol Recruits Producer Members
- FTIS 2008
- New CC member: DOMA Coffee
- New projects at CEPICAFE
Travel: Where in the World is Coop Coffees?
- CoopCoffee's trip to Peru
The latest in the Fair Trade movement
- New Book about Coffee: Connecting Worlds
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The Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE) hosted its annual conference in Boston from June 5 to 7, 2008. Many entrepreneurs in sectors like green building, renewable energy, sustainable agriculture, local food systems, and independent retail gathered together with community leaders and government officials to network about the requirements to build an economy that values long-term growth and sustainability. Monika Firl and Bill Harris from CoopCoffees were there to participate in a panel discussion about Fair Trade.
On May 2, 2008, during a meeting which took place during the SCAA in Minneapolis, Coop Sol recruited five producer groups as user and support members to our solidarity cooperative. More producer groups are in the process of becoming members, as they meet with their own members and board of directors for discussion.
After the first two Fair Trade International Symposiums held in Montreal (Canada) in 2002 and 2006, the third symposium took place from May 14th to 16th 2008 in Montpellier (France). The topic of this symposium was “New Dimensions in Fair Trade: Implications and Challenges”. Monika Firl from CoopSol in Montreal and Santiago Paz López from Cepicafe (Peru) were there to share their experience in the world of Fair Trade and expand their networks.
New CC member : DOMA Coffee
Cooperative Coffees is thrilled by the new membership of DOMA Coffee, a roasting company from Post Falls, in the region of the lake Coeur d’Alene, in northern Idaho. DOMA is a coffee roasting company run with a strong social, economic and environmental conscience. DOMA Coffee shares the same values and vision about Fair Trade and sustainable development.
A lot of things are happening right now with our producer partner CEPICAFE. The Peruvian non-profit organization is working really hard to diversify its production in order to maximize the communities’ incomes and develop their economy. Apart from their traditional production of coffee and cacao, CEPICAFE has been working on new projects of exportation of cane sugar, jams and candied fruits. They also have an eco-tourism project going on.
From May 25 to June 2, members and representatives of Cooperative Coffees went to Peru to visit the producer partners’ installations and communities, to meet the staff and to learn about coffee processing, products and outgoing projects. Basically, the trip consisted of two parts: a visit with CEPICAFE and a visit with CENFROCAFE. Each part of the tour included a presentation, coffee cupping, a visit out to the farms and discussions about quality and coffee supply.
Connecting Worlds is a photographic travel book retracing the route taken by coffee from the Peruvian Andes to the cup of millions of consumers. This book is destined to serve as education material for consumers to tell them about the origin of the coffee they drink, and also for producers to inform them about the final products of their work.
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