Leaf Rust Exchange

Leaf Rust Exchange

By Casey Blanche I was fortunate enough to be invited to the Leaf Rust Exchange event held in Marcala Honduras from January 10th though the 14th, 2014.  The event was hosted by CoopCoffees and COMSA coffee cooperative.  This posting documents…

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Visiting Yachil

Visiting Yachil

By Matt Earley This afternoon I visited the offices of Yachil Xolobal Chulchan here in gorgeous San Cristobal de las Casas. The administrative team met my buddy Chris Treter and I and we sat down to talk about the upcoming…

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Little Zapatista Schools

Little Zapatista Schools

  Here is a nice article on the “Escuelita Zapatista” project by Dissident Voice. The Escuelitas bring people into the homes of folks in the Zapatista movement to experience their lives and what it means to be “in resistance”. Check…

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More Leaf Rust Challenges

More Leaf Rust Challenges

  We recently received word from Las Marias 93 in El Salvador that they will not be able to export coffee in 2014 due to Leaf Rust or “Roya” as it is called. We were there in January and– while the rust…

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Cultivating An Authentic Fair Trade

Cultivating An Authentic Fair Trade

From Fair World Project, Fall 2013 By Chris Treter and Matt Earley Fair trade falls short when the relationships along the chain are reduced to simple “trading partnerships.” Trade is the vehicle for the relationship, but the road it travels…

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Cold Brew

Cold Brew

In the U.S., we drink more than 300 million cups of coffee every day. But it’s July & we can beat the heat. Cold-brewed coffee is becoming more & more common in Madison’s coffee scene. There are trade-offs. Cold-brewed coffee…

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