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Did you know that every bag/container of our coffee that leaves our roastery has a stamp on it? That stamp not only tells you the date we roasted the coffee, it also allows you - that's right - YOU to trace that coffee back to origin. Talk about transparency and traceability - you can even see our contracts with the Cooperatives we purchase from. The tool, Fair Trade Proof, was specifically designed by Cooperative Coffees and is pretty cool to explore. Check it out at www.fairtradeproof.org, where you can trace the beans you love from farmer to roaster, and learn about the intricate yet rewarding inner workings of fairtrade partnerships.

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Speaking of, here are Cooperative Coffees Core Values:

*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 (see photo above) 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!!

Roncie/Parkdale dwellers, 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

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!

Carbon, Climate, Coffee! Read our coop's Impact Committee 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 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.

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 Honduras' 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 democratically 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

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

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

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!!