Fondo Paez and The Politics of Castillo

Fondo Paez and The Politics of Castillo

The department of Cauca, Colombia reflects the spirit of The Paez people. It is mountainous and beautiful with high peaks and lush green valleys. Cauca is one of Colombia’s premiere coffee regions and its reputation for excellent coffee is exemplified…

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In Colombia with Fondo Paez

In Colombia with Fondo Paez

If you have been drinking Just Coffee for any amount of time you are probably aware of Fondo Paez. Fondo Paez is a cooperative of about 550 families in the department of Cauca, Colombia. The organization is made up of…

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Ecuador Trip Report 2014

Ecuador Trip Report 2014

8/12 An earthquake stuck the Quito airport just before I was set to depart the U.S.  My flight was delayed several hours while the airport and runway were inspected for structural damage.  Upon boarding the plane I gazed with bewilderment…

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Time to Get To Work for Las Diosas

Time to Get To Work for Las Diosas

In 2013 I visited Las Diosas and was made aware of their struggle with “La Roya”— the coffee rust fungus that we quickly laying waste to the women’s coffee plants. A little more than a year later the epidemic has…

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Hello From Takengon

Hello From Takengon

I am sitting in a hotel lobby in the mountain city of Takengon, Aceh, Sumatra, Indonesia in the heart of Sumatran coffee country. After a 14 hour marathon van ride to get here from Medan and a blissful exhausted slumber,…

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