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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Small Producer Symbol is Catching On

Small Producer Symbol is Catching On

In 2013 The Small Producer Symbol added several new cooperatives to its membership and is growing very quickly in coffee and other products. The Small Producer Symbol (SPP) is the only fair trade certification that is owned by small farmer cooperatives…

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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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