What's New

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HOLIDAY HOURS!!!

Heads up! Please be advised of our roastery’s delivery schedule during the coming holiday weeks:  We will deliver Wednesday December 21st and Thursday December 22nd.  The roastery will re-open Tuesday December 27th and will deliver Wednesday December 28th and Thursday December 29th.  The roastery will be back to regular roasting on Tuesday January 3rd with regular deliveries Thursday January 5th and Friday January 6th. Remember to check your supplies and give us a call at 416-534-6335 to place your orders in advance.  As always we appreciate your business and wish you a peaceful holiday season and New Year!

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They are Back!! Seasonal Chocolate Lollies!!!

It's nearly that time again, while the weather might say otherwise, snowflake season is nigh. At least of the chocolate kind!  Once again we are pleased to offer handmade artisanal Snowflake Lollies, crafted by local chocolatier Delight Chocolates (www.delightchocolate.ca). 

Ideal for stocking stuffers, these lollies weigh 40g a piece and are individually wrapped in boxes of 12 (sold in cases ONLY), available in milk and dark chocolate, FOR A LIMITED TIME.  Let it Snow!!!

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), and Coffee Guitar-land at 1280 Bloor St. W. (E of Lansdowne on the north side)
  • 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

BEAN UPDATES

Just In!! Rwandan Coffee!!

This coffee really does warrant several exclamation marks!! It comes from the coop KODUKAK at an elevation of 1900mts. Available for a limited time. We roast it at a full city and it is vibrant, sweet and buttery, lovely caramel notes, milky chocolate, and a solid body. It is very lovely as a filter coffee. Rwandan is also the feature note in our new Seasonal  Dark Blend "Nightlight". Paired with the Laos coffee, it is like a big, creamy cocoa hug in a mug! Perfect way to light up the dark season!! A very satisfying french press.

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

For information about roya, soil, climate change and all kinds of interesting things, visit Director of Sustainability at Cooperative Coffees,Monika's blog: coopcoffees.coop/this-guy-has-rocked-my-world

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!

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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.   

Alison, the Coffee Comandante at Japanese Paper Place shares a coffee tip to ensure coffee chaos/ crisis does not occur in your household or business : " I always label the last bag "last bag" ... once the "last bag is chosen, (they) bring me the label and I know it's time to order again before we run out! Works like a charm! " Life does not have to be that difficult!!

Fair World Project does it again!!  "but lets not pretend there is any correlation between high quality coffee and making the world a better place. If you want transformation, get involved with the fairtrade movement" (emphasis mine) To read the full article, click on the link. Kudos for plain speak!

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

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Veteran Crusaders and Solidarity Soldiers, Beit Zatoun are winding down their physical space this month. They have welcomed, hosted and challenged many folks here as well as artists, activists and truth-seekers from around the world. They will be missed! They will continue their work from the ether! The final good bye party is Saturday the 26th with tickets available through Eventbrite. In the meantime visit their web page for a full list of this months activities. Hats off to Robert and all the supporters and volunteers who have brought another world, another way, to our city.

Get ahead of things! The Winter Show and Sale of Art and Fine Crafts, by members of Neilson Park Creative Centre is Saturday November 26th from 10-4pm Neilson Park Creative Centre 56 Neilson Drive Etobicoke

FAIRTRADE: EDUCATE/ADVOCATE!

FTcityInterested in learning more about Fairtrade, Organics and Social Justice? Make sure to check our Resources page for more info and great links!

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

 And 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!!!

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.equal exchange

Remember, if you want to become better acquainted with our fairtrade pricing policy, check out the Fairtrade section of this website. We are always on the look-out for great ideas - things that partner well with us and what we are trying to accomplish through Alternative Grounds. So feel free to drop us a line and share suggestions with our staff.

Also, check out our Greenstuff section for tips and suggestions to help us soften our collective and individual carbon footprint! In this section you'll find neat and fun ideas for the use and re-use of our burlap/jute bags, paper bags, etc.  And we bet your compost could use a little of our coffee chaff to lighten its load!! If you are indeed interested, give Linda a call at 416-534-6335

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!!