What's New

          September

It's that time of the year!! Annual General Meeting time!!!

agm

Every year Cooperative Coffees' partners in trade justice and appreciation for the finest of joes come together to discuss, share, grow and sustain our incredible coop. In our journey as proud members and fairtrade coffee renegades we have travelled near and far, and have had the opportunity to meet with like minded individuals who share our passion for a more just world.

This year we are honored to host our coop members and staff, (www.coopcoffees.coop) and esteemed guests (Hussen Legasse, SCFU Ethiopia; Hussen Ahmed, Soil & More Ethiopia; Khalil Baker, Taking Root) to beautiful Ontario deep in the woundrous Hockley Valley between September 20-23. Keep your eyes on this space, and our facebook and twitter feeds for updates and photos. WE CAN'T HARDLY WAIT! 

----------------------------

And speaking of Cooperative Coffees, our 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 1 umbrella. Our current round has provided funding for 8 projects related to soil health. As keen members of the Impact Committee, it was a no-brainer that one of us from Alternative Grounds should attend the first workshop that the Fund is sponsoring with our partners at SCFU in the Sidama region of Ethiopia!! Here is Kevins trip report:

ethiopia"The Ethiopian journey was certainly a whirlwind tour!  On arrival, we had a meeting at the new offices of SCFCU and their processing plant. Then it was onward from Addis Ababa to Ziway. There we meet Hessen Ahmed of Soil and More and toured the complex. The complex encompasses a large area of abandoned seemingly unproductive land. Through his compositing production, Hessen is transforming the area into luscious soil and productive land. A live fence lines the perimeter, along with hundreds of healthy fruit tress growing in the revitalized nutrient dense soil. Various bird species inhabit the site so not only is there a visual before and after contrast, but an oral one as well! As I walked the complex, I felt that a visionary oasis was being created..." Read Full Report Here

"I'm so excited that more people are joining the cause of this great mission. As a citizen of humanity there isn't a single thing in the world that makes me happier than people talking about the care of their natural environment in general and the health of soil in particular. The most important thing in this workshop is to get the message of healthy soil across and inspire smallholder farmers whom soil is their source of daily bread and life" Hussen Ahmed, Soil & More Ethiopia

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, etc etc! 
  • MABEL's on Roncie: 323 Roncesvalles Ave. (and 1156 Queen St. West), Hours: 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
  • WEST END FOOD COOP: 1229 Queen W. at Dufferin

BEAN UPDATES

COFFEE

Just in! SUT 171 - "Silk of Gayo", the first container of this special prep coffee to come out of Permata Gayo, has just come into our roastery. It caused a lot of excitement at Coop Coffees cupping lab where they rated it an 85.5  and used words like "guava, juicy and silky".  Okay we have cupped our first round and boy oh boy this coffee is for you ifc you are a fan of big red fruit sweetness, notes of guava, cedar, peaty. It has a crisp citric acidity, is juicy and balanced and lingers. Delivers big time as a filter coffee and paired with anything chocolate - YUMMMmmm!

Just so you know the special prep includes the usual wash, depulp and then ferment for 12 hours, after which it is rinsed and the mucilage removed. The parchment is then soaked for a further 12 hours. It is patio dryed under a shade canopy for the first 12 hours. 

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!

lushy

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!

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. These include producer scholarships to train with COMSA's "Diplimatico Organico" and our next regional producer train/learn exc

hange tentively scheduled for October which has a focus on community driven reforestration. Check it out and know that your dollars are doing more and doing right!

The Canadian Organic Growers (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

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!

EVENTS AND HAPPENINGS

Did you know that the Humber Arboretum in collaboration with Humber College is offering a program in Sustainable Urban Bee Keeping? Pretty cool, huh? Get the scoop at humber.ca/arboretum/learn/adult-programs/beekeeping-courses.html

Speaking of Humber, look for Kevin and Alternative Grounds at the Humber Lakeshore and Humber North campus during Fairtrade Awareness days!  We will be at both locations with beans and good vibes September 26th (11:00 AM to 1:00 PM, L Commons room, L Building, Lakeshore Campus) and September 27th (11:00 AM to 1:00 PM, Learning Resource Commons, 1st Floor, North campus). Drop by, say hi, and stock up on fairtrade goodies!

EDUCATE/ADVOCATE!

FTcity

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.

beanfull

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!!