What's New

          april

So, I was reading through the quarterly report put out by the Board of Cooperative Coffees and learned that before each meeting the members remind themselves of the Coops 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.

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".

Honduras post-election turmoil: For up to date and reliable reporting visit www.rightsaction.org, www.hondurassolidarity.org, and www.upsidedownworld.org. You can also click on the link for a petition for our government to condemn the corrupt business and government practices that enable injustice to thrive: http://mailchi.mp/rightsaction/the-only-way-to-defend-democracy-in-honduras

Our coop brings together an assortment of very talented folks with multiple interests and fun side projects, not just coffee. We are fortunate to cross paths with these gifted souls at our Annual General Meeting. This year we had the opportunity to meet and chat with Greg Crofton, a coffee keener and sales expert with Bongo Java in Nashville, who also moonlights as a documentary filmmaker, and  film blogger. Greg was moved by the screening of Thank You For the Rain so we got him in touch with one of its directors, fast forward and here's a thoughtful write up and interview featuring Norwegian filmmaker Julia Dahr: www.channelnonfiction.com.

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. ethiopiaAs 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!!

"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!..." Read Full Report Here

West enders looking for our beans? We got you covered!

  • 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

Are you in need of Sleepless in the 6ix?!? Yup, it's a brand spanking new, limited edition, spring-forward dark roast blend that highlights coffee from Ecuador rounded up with coffee from Laos. Tastes even better than it sounds (we do have fun with our blends & names), and is my current fav for stovetop preparation. Going, going, ......

Check out the team at Norandino as they prep their coffee for shipment to Cooperative Coffees. Josh was particularly impressed by the way they hefted those 152lb coffee bags - don't try this at home! https://drive.google.com/file/d/149LwVor6wH-lx3YfDQXxbDJgmR6e8O_Y/view

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!

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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!

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.

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

EVENTS AND HAPPENINGS

Saturday April 7th 10 - 4pm, visit the Spring Art and Fine Craft Sale at Neilson Park Creative Centre. 56 Neilson Drive in Etobicoke

If you have missed your local Seedy Saturday, you can check here  www.seeds.ca/events for other events

Start Saving! The 2018 Toronto Knitters frollic is coming!!  A yarn and fibre marketplace. Saturday April 28th Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre - see frolic.torontoknitterguild.ca for details

Coming up in May! It's the "Buy Good. Feel Good." Fair!!! North America's largest show dedicated to socially/environmentally-driven brands (from fairtrade apparel & up-cycled jewellery to artisanal home decor, organic foods and more!) will take over Toronto's Enercare Centre at Exhibition Place (Hall C), May 11-13. For more information, list of vendors and speakers schedule visit buygoodfeelgood.com.

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

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.

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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!!