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Update from Ethiopia

Supporting Life in a Country in Crisis

As activists and development workers in the coffeelands it is sometimes hard to keep focused on the good things amidst so many problems. But that’s what we have t...

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We are so honored to have been mentioned by Organic Authority in their recent article "9 Conscious Coffee Beans You Have to Try". 

Here is some of the criteria we had to meet:

-"The brand uses beans fro...

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Climate Change and Its Effects on Coffee

(excerpted from our newest in the Javatrekker Series on Climate Change)

Climate change is finally starting to receive the attention it deserves from politicians ...

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A Storm's a Brewin'!

How the Coffee Industry Creates Income Inequality

Cafes and coffee have historically been associated with dissent and fomenting positive change. Yet in the past decade the industry has actually added t...

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50 Shades of Green

Is Where You Sit Really Where You Stand?

I graduated Williams College in 1975 BC (Before Computers).  At that time, many of us wanted to dedicate our lives to saving the planet from deforestation, nucl...

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Updates from the Field

There were a lot of ups and downs this past year, as coffee price fluctuations and the Roya (fungal rust) epidemic hit our partners hard, especially throughout the Americas.  Fortunately, our cooperat...

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There was a time when the Spice Islands – a sprinkling of small islands at the arse end of the nutmegIndonesian archipelago – was the most valued real estate in the world.  These were the only islands where...

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Several years ago we worked with Cooperative Café Timor to create the first Direct Trade relationship in Timor, with the village of Atsabe.  While everyone else, from Starbux to Equal Exchange, buys c...

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Return to Sumatra

A wise old woman (ex-Mother-In-Law, actually!) once counseled me: “Believe none of what you hear and half of what you see.”

That’s true enough regarding most corporate claims of sustainability, partner...

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New Crop Haitian!

We have just received a new shipment of Haitian coffee from the wonderful Just Haiti project we have teamed up with. The first five hundred pounds we roasted went fast (thanks to you!).  Our farmer pa...

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