Ugandan Pride Update

Ugandan Pride Update

In June of 2014 we launched a new coffee called “Ugandan Pride” in order to support LGBT rights activists on the ground in Uganda in their fight to overturn an anti-LGBT rights law passed by the national legislature. This year-long project is…

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An update on Las Diosas

An update on Las Diosas

You may have noticed that we are currently out of Las Diosas coffee. This is super unfortunate considering it has been a staple of ours since 2006 or so. It is also indicative of the crisis that they are facing–…

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Uganda Trip 2015 – Part 2

Uganda Trip 2015 – Part 2

In Sipi, (redacted) and farmers were certified Rainforest Alliance and Organic. This particular visit proved to be the most influential moment of my trip. Rainforest Alliance is touted as being a well rounded, ethical and sustainable certification. Marketing presents the…

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Uganda Trip 2015 – Part 1

Uganda Trip 2015 – Part 1

The Uganda Coffee Development Authority (UCDA) invited me to participate in a coffee industry tour of their country. Other participants included business owners and representatives of prominent American specialty coffee roasters and the Importer Crop to Cup. The majority of…

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Breaking Down the “Fourth Wave”

One of the central pieces of Just Coffee Cooperative’s mission is it “help create and expand a model of trade based on transparency, equality, and human dignity.” When we started Just Coffee we thought that we could do this by being part…

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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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