We could all use a little positive these days, so when we heard about the initiative from Hot Docs called "Ban This" film series, we leapt on board! ( http://www.hotdocscinema.ca/responsive/content/ban_this_series) The series is a creative response to Mr. Trumps attempts to ban Muslim citizens from 7 countries from entering the US, showcasing documentary films from these countries - FREE! What a way to celebrate and deepen our shared humanity AND raise awareness AND have the opportunity to donate to Canadian Journalists for Free Expression and National Council of Canadian Muslims . Donate $20 or more at the door and get 1/2lb of AG beautiful certified FT and organic beans for free! Enjoy a free fresh brewed mug of java joy while you watch the films and share the love by donating what you can. It all happens March 6th - 8th but you need to reserve your tickets on-line and they are going quickly!!!
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/
LIKE WALDO, THE AG BEANS ARE EVERYWHERE:
- The JUNCTION FROMAGERIE, 3042 Dundas West, junctionfromagerie.com. Reload on fresh locally roasted fairtrade coffee beans while shopping for artisanal cheese, preserves, bread and other goodies!
- Right on Roncie! At MABEL's, 323 Roncesvalles Ave. (and 1156 Queen St. West), Hours: 7:30-7:30 weekdays and 9-6pm on weekends. Also, at EVERGREEN NATURAL FOODS, 161 Roncesvalles Ave. And last and not on the strip but nearby, at SUNNY JOE's (250 Sorauren Ave., across from the park), open 7:30 to 5:30 Monday to Friday, and 8:30 - 5:30 Saturday, CLOSED Sunday.
- In Parkdale, at the WEST END FOOD COOP (1229 Queen W. at Dufferin).
- On Bloor West at the NUTHOUSE (1256A Bloor St. West)
- Further afield? Now you can find our coffee at ABOKICHI! 258 Dupont St. You can purchase beans or grab a cup when you are getting your onigiri!!
- Midwest dwellers south of Bloor, East of Lansdowne: Head over to McCormick Park Cafe and Market brought to you by the Aangen Community Centre, located at 66 Sheridan Avenue (by the Children's playground, nearest intersection: Dundas West and Dufferin), For hours and updates visit: http://www.aangen.com/shop.asp
Well Hello Dolly! It is so nice to have you back where you belong! You're tasting Swell Dolly, I can tell Dolly! February just got a whole lot sweeter with our new dark blend - Hello Dolly! Here til it is gone, this dark blend drips dark chocolate and marries our favourite Rwandan with Ecuadoran coffee. It is big and fudgey and has the decency to linger. Best savoured in your french press. Enjoy
Roya knows no boundaries - check out Florents report back from his recent trip to Sumatra featured on Daily Coffee News at dailycoffeenews.com/2016/11/11/empty-cherries-the-impact-of-climate-change-in-sumatra
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!
OTHER GOOD STUFF!
A heads up that we are working on a revamp of our website - things will be disappearing and appearing as the process unfolds. We are excited for the changes!
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!
Wondering about what has been happening with Grow Ahead? Despite our best intentions, it appears the crowd-lending site to pre-finance coffee shipments with small growers, did not have as broad appeal as we would have liked. Partly a lack of funded infrastructure, as well as changes in the coffee market and availability of reasonable loans for small farmers, it seems to have outlived its raison d'etre. However, we are excited by talks that are underway for the site to be re-launched as a site for small farmers to access loans to help mitigate climate change. Small farmers do indeed, cool the planet! Stay tuned for updates. Please be assured that your loan can be retreived at any time. Thank you for supporting small farmers.
COG has this FREE fun activity book "Our Nature is Organic" that you can download here http://www.cog.ca/uploads/OurNatureisOrganic_WEB.pdf All kinds of neat stuff from ancient grains to heritage hens, pollination, healthy soils and recipes!!
We really enjoy reading, and highly recommend, Michael Sheridans coffee blog - always thought-full and often provocative. www.coffeelands.crs.org.
IN THE NEWS! Rights Action shared an insightful report/interview addressing the Hondura's social climate, and how Canada has continued 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 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
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Meet our Partners: Straight from Rwanda, KODUKAK Coop (Koperative Dutezimbere Kawa Kigeyo), new addition to our list!! Located in NKORA cell, Kigeyo Sector, RUTSIRO district (Approximatively 4 hours from Kigali to Gisenyi and 1 hour from Gisenyi town by road); coffee (varietal: Bourbon) is grown at 1900 m above sea level. In 2006, 257 coffee farmers decided to come together as a group to collect and process their coffee cherries. Their objective was to improve the quality of Kigeyo’s coffee, and increase farmers yield. Nine years later, in 2015, Kodukak becomes an officially registered cooperative. Currently it counts with 990 active farmers/members (651 male, and 339 female). Kodukak is certified Fairtrade (FLO ID 33687), and organic. Kodukak received its FLO certified in early 2016 so this is the first year the cooperative has accumulated an FT premium. How this social premium will be used will be decided at the next general assembly.
EVENTS & HAPPENINGS
Friday February 24th, 7pm MISN (Mining Injustice Solidarity Network) presents:
Where: Friends House (60 Lowther Ave.)
Join us for a panel discussion that dissects the “Belly of the Beast”: Toronto’s financial district and the reach of its tentacles throughout the global mining industry.
Holy Guacamole - its Seedy Saturday Again!!! This event takes place Saturday the 25th at Toronto Botanical Gardens - 777 Lawrence Ave East from 10-3pm
Mark your calendar now! Canadian Organic Torontos 11th Annual organic Consumer Conference is Saturday February 25th from 9-5 at the U of T Conference centre at 89 Chestnut Street. Register now at COG
Did you know that the Humber Aroboretum in collaboration with Humber College is offering a program in Sustainable Urban Bee Keeping?
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
Here'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!!!
And another must read: Cooperative Coffees Position on Fairtrade. Also, do 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.
AND THANKS TO...
Gerry for bringing a quotation 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!!