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cfntThe month we celebrate all things Fairtrade!!!

Pictured here are Alex Boulerice (NDP MPP Rosemont), Monika Firl (Director of Sustainability @Coop Coffees), and Sean McHugh (CFTN). Monika and Alex headed a session on climate change and making change that left the crowd at the 7th National Fairtrade conference energized! Maude Barlow encouraged us all to get “trade literate” and she not only made it sound possible, but interesting! Thanks to all who helped bring together inspiring presenters and attendees alike!!


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 with your next coffee purchase at www.fairtradeproof.org


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 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.

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


Seasonal offering: Starry Night, a dark and dreamy blend of our washed Rwandan and natural - process Sidama. Makes me sparkle in the morning!! Love it in my french press which highlights its creamy body and  vanilla-cola sweet fruitiness. I pulled it as a shot and was surprised at the cocoa notes that were highlighted. Any which way you pull or pour it, it is delicious!!!

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.

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 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!!



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


It's time for the Parkdale Hort Annual Plant Fair & Craft Sale!!! Join in the green thumb fun this Saturday May 11 between 10am-2pm at the Roncesvalles United Church (214 Wright Avenue) and load up on perennials, pollinators, houseplants, herbs, vegs and all the mother nature goodness! For more detials, visit www.parkdaletorontohort.com/plant-fair/
Join the Inspiration Studio for their 25th Annual Spring Sale and Open House (2480 Dundas St West). Dates and hours are: Fri May 10 from 12-6, Sat May 11 from 12-5, and Sun May 12 from 12-4. There will be tea, treats and lots of hand made one of a kind pottery!  For more information visit www.inspirationsstudio.org.
Don't forget, May is Fairtrade Month!! Look out for events in your community to help raise awareness and support your local purveyors of fairtade goodies. To learn more about Fairtrade Month and how you can #FeedEmpowerment, visit www.fairtrade.ca!


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.



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!!