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A New Path in Peru, Part I Image

A New Path in Peru, Part I

farmer trips

08.15.2008

Keith Tomlinson, Peace Coffee Staff

During the end of May and the beginning of June, I traveled around northern Peru with a group of seven people (myself included) to meet with two organizations from which Peace Coffee sources coffee through Cooperative Coffees. Our first stop was the cooperative Cenfrocafe. They formed in 1999 when 8 associations representing 220 coffee producers joined together. This action was a result of a pr…

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Observations from Chiapas

farmer trips

07.15.2008

Joe Moskowitz, Peace Coffee Dir. of Finance & H.R.

The roaster is starting to smoke. What's worse is no one in the café seems to notice or care. I nervously ask the barista, in my broken Spanish, how long they have been roasting this batch. "Un hora" she replies. I can't help but wince at this length of time, thinking of our 15 minute batches in the roastery at home. Luckily she doesn't notice. If only our roasters could see this, I thin…

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Colombia Conversations

farmer trips

06.15.2008

Melanee Meegan, Peace Coffee Dir. of Marketing

I've been serving up a lot of our Colombian Heavy Pedal coffee at various bike events this summer. Heavy Pedal is a reference to the amount of weight that our bike deliverers pedal across town every day. As far as the delicious taste of the coffee, the credit is all due to the Fondo Paez Cooperative in Colombia. Earlier this year I visited the Páez farmers who grow this coffee in the cen…

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EcoTouring in Nicaragua with USFT

farmer trips

08.15.2007

Melanee Meegan, Peace Coffee Dir. of Marketing

It's been five years since I visited Nicaragua. The last time I went, Peace Coffee wasn't yet buying any Nicaraguan coffee, although our green buying coop,Cooperative Coffees, was. This trip was not strictly an annual Peace Coffee farmer vist. Instead, I was representing Cooperative Coffees to talk with United Students for Fair Trade (USFT) about all the ways 100% Fair Trade companies can partn…

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Sailing the Winds of Fair Trade, Part II

farmer trips

05.15.2007

Derek De La Paz, Peace Coffee Head Roaster

So after traveling half way around the world, making my way thru Ethiopia's capitol Addis Ababa, I've finally arrived in Yirgacheffe, a very sacred place in the ever-changing coffee world. Many connoisseurs consider the coffee that is grown in this area to be the finest in the world. Rugged highlands with an abundance of seasonal rainfall make it an ideal location for the coffee plant to grow. …

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Sailing the Winds of Fair Trade, Part I

farmer trips

04.15.2007

Derek De La Paz, Peace Coffee Head Roaster

It’s February 2007 and I am on a flight from Washington, DC, to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. I am a roaster of coffee at Peace Coffee. I still can’t believe that in 16 hours I’ll be standing in the country that gave the world the coffee plant. The birthplace of coffee -- Ethiopia. What could it possibly be like? I will be traveling from Addis Ababa to Yirgacheffe in southern Ethiop…

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Iguanas, Coffee, and Magnetic Poles

farmer trips

03.15.2007

Ryan Seibold, Peace Coffee Barista

The island of Hispaniola (a.k.a. Haiti/Dominican Republic) was first inhabited by a society known as the "Taino" and numbered around 400,000 at the time of Christopher Columbus’ arrival. The island was the third piece of land Spanish explorers set foot on in the "new world" in 1492, following the Bahamian island of Guanahani and present-day Cuba. The island is home to the first Catholic C…

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The Hike--Adventures in Guatemala

farmer trips

09.15.2006

Ryan Seibold, Peace Coffee Barista

We made our way along trails that were rugged, broken and side winding. The trail we traversed wove through the dense and airy forest and descended into this impressive valley, where the opposite side looked like some sacred, growing, supernatural thing. Across the valley we could see the Sebal, Guatemala's great tree. We continued moving along toward the waterfall, our destination, further int…

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Extraordinary Ethiopia

farmer trips

06.15.2005

Melanee Meegan, Peace Coffee Dir. of Marketing

Mid-winter at staff meetings, talk of farmer visits comes up on our agenda list. Peace Coffee has a rotating travel program, which gives all of its employees an opportunity to visit the coffee growers we buy from. We visit several farmer partners every year, although sometimes several years pass between visits to some of the coops further away. It had been three years since anyone from Peace Co…

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Gayo Mountain Adventure

farmer trips

07.15.2003

Melanee Meegan, Peace Coffee Dir. of Marketing

In early March of this year I was fortunate enough to travel to Indonesia to visit our coffee partners in Sumatra. I landed in Medan, the third largest city in Indonesia, and drove immediately ten hours to Takengon, which sits on a tiny lake bordering the renowned Gayo Mountain coffee region. The dry processing plant for all of the Gayo farmers is located in Takengon and referred to as Trimaju.…

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