What's New

        August
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AYE YEI YEI!!! It's Actually August! And the long weekend is this Monday! The Roastery will be closed Monday and in full roast again Tuesday. Stay cool and caffeinated!!

So, I was reading through the quarterly report put out by the Board of Cooperative Coffees and learned that before each meeting the members remind themselves of the Coops Core Values:

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*always fair

*truth and transparency

*community through cooperation

*human connection with big heart

*passion for the cause

I am once again struck with gratitude at being in the company of these folks and continue to be inspired in work and in life. I think this phrase pretty much sums up my take away from our recent visit to Peru and our partners at Sol y Cafe and Norindino. Strong Country, Strong Farmers.

Carbon, Climate, Coffee! Read our coop's Impact Committee's 2017-2018 report for detailed updates of "environmental service" works we as members have supported led by producer partners, allies in the industry and coop staff in response to climate change (ex. reforestation, scaling up agroforestry, soil improvement, carbon reduction, etc). For updates and reports from the field read Unfiltered, where our coop's sustainability expert Monika Firl explores issues including "farmer livelihoods, healthy soils, maintaining a sustainable supply of great-quality coffees, and truth in trade".

Our coop brings together an assortment of very talented folks with multiple interests and fun side projects, not just coffee. We are fortunate to cross paths with these gifted souls at our AGM. This year we had the opportunity to chat with Greg Crofton, coffee keener and sales expert with Bongo Java in Nashville, who moonlights as a doc filmmaker and film blogger. Greg was moved by our screening of Thank You For the Rain so we got him in touch with one of its directors, fast forward and here's a thoughtful write up and interview featuring Norwegian filmmaker Julia Dahr: www.channelnonfiction.com.

COFFEEOur Roya Fund has evolved into what we call our Impact Fund!  All coop members pay an extra 3 cents a pound on all our green coffees, and we use these funds for producer projects. The fund basically is the first of its kind to put "Carbon, Climate and Coffee" all under one umbrella. Our current round has provided funding for eight projects related to soil health. As keen members of the Impact Committee, it was a no-brainer that our very own Kevin should attend the first Fund sponsored workshop with our partners at SCFU in the Ethiopia's Sidama region!!

West Enders looking for our beans? We got you covered!

  • JUNCTION FROMAGERIE: 3042 Dundas West, junctionfromagerie.com.
  • MABEL's: 323 Roncesvalles Ave., M-F 7:30-7:30 weekdays, Weekends 9-6pm
  • EVERGREEN NATURAL FOODS: 161 Roncesvalles Ave.
  • SUNNY JOE's: 250 Sorauren Ave., across from the park; M-F 7:30-5:30, Sat. 8:30-5:30, CLOSED Sunday

BEAN UPDATES

colEver wondered where the mighty coffee in your cup comes from? Or wanted to make a meaningul journey to coffee lands? Wonder and want no more! Join On the Ground, Coop Coffees & The Colombia Project in Colombia this coming September!!!! Trip highlights include: Arrival in Cali, meet and greet with Cauca's Governor’s team overseeing social justice initiatives, meet and stay with the coffee farming communities of Fondo Paez and CoSurCa, information sharing about  Nasa, Arhauco and other indigenous cultures and farming practices. For background information and details read the delegation brochure HERE and visit onthegroundglobal.org/delegations  

Check out the team at Norandino as they prep their coffee for shipment to Cooperative Coffees. Josh was particularly impressed by the way they hefted those 152lb coffee bags - don't try this at home! https://drive.google.com/file/d/149LwVor6wH-lx3YfDQXxbDJgmR6e8O_Y/view

A reminder that we have a copy of "Connected by Coffee" available for loan. This doc features a number of our producer partners and 2 Coop Coffee members on a tour of Central America looking at coffee as a means of empowerment - where we are and the distance still to cover. Thought provoking stuff!

The new version of GROW AHEAD is up and running at www.growahead.org! A crowdsourcing platform for climate resilliency and small-scale producer project work, it is currently financing Cooperative Coffeess's led activities.  Check it out and know that your dollars are doing more and doing right! www.growahead.org.

OTHER GOOD STUFF!

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Want the real dirt? Check out this link http://news.nationalpost.com/life/food-drink/how-organic-farming-will-save-us-all-if-we-can-throw-away-our-antiquated-notions-of-what-it-means .  Great article about the importance of building healthy soil, something that Cooperative Coffee's Impact Committee is all over! Our leader in the mission for great dirt, Monika Firl,Director of Sustainability also has a fine filthy blog at http://coopcoffees.coop/manure-management-taken-to-new-levels/

Talk about purpose-full re-purposing! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tT0xV-AQnEY&feature=youtu.be, We've got the bags!! Give us a call or drop us a line!

Is there anything coffee doesn't do??? An article in CCI (Coffee & Cocoa International) January 2018 highlights a company in the UK called bio-bean that makes oil out of spent coffee grounds! It is mixed with other fats and other agricultural products as well as diesel and is being added to the London bus fuel supply chain!!

IN THE NEWS! Rights Action shared an insightful report/interview addressing Hondura's social climate and how Canada continueS to profit from the political investment it made back in 2009 when it opted to support the infamous coup d'etat that ousted the country's democratilly elected president Manuel Zelaya. Read the full report at www.telesurtv.net/english/opinion/Canada-Is-Not-Honduras-Friend-Coups-Repression-and-Profits-20161105-0013.html, and listen at radiofreewinnipeg.tumblr.com/post/151627521957/canada-in-honduras

EVENTS AND HAPPENINGS

Coming soon...

EDUCATE/ADVOCATE!

Check out "Fair trade vs. Free trade" a concise educational and advocacy piece produced by the fairworldproject.org:  "Wouldn't it be great if public policies benefited the public, so everyone could prosper, and so-called "free trade agreements" valued our precious resources rather than exploiting people and the planet? As consumers, we have the power to vote with our dollars, as well as to engage in local and federal policy reform in order to help change.." Watch at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=VNPkiJrk_Bw

FTcityHere's another fantastic article via the Fairtrade Federation that provides an inside look of the business behind your daily cup of fairtrade joe - it features our coop and a few of our dedicated partners: www.fairtradefederation.org/what-do-you-know-about-the-business-behind-your-coffee. Read on!!!

Remember to check regularly our coop's news section for great articles, reports from the fields and updates on our members and producer partners, www.coopcoffees.coop/whats-new/external-news.

Do remember to check out Faitrade Proof, one of Coop Coffees' initiatives which addresses "transparency" in fairtrade transactions made by its members. At www.fairtradeproof.org, you can trace the beans you love from farmer to roaster, and learn about the intricate yet rewarding inner workings of fairtrade partnerships.

We're Passionate About Fairtrade and Love to Share Our Passion! Over the years we have gathered a good collection of articles, books and videos about different aspects of Fairtrade and coffee. These are available for your perusal on loan. We're also available to do slide shows and presentations. Give us a call to request and book a visit, 416-534-6335.

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AND THANKS TO...

Gerry for bringing a quote from the late Tommy Douglas to our attention:  

"Courage, my friends. It is not too late to build a better world."  

Words to live by!!