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06 Jun 2014

Well, the Globe and Mail really created quite a stir last week with their article, Fairtrade coffee fails to help the poor, British report finds (http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/international-business/fairtrade-coffee-fails-to-help-the-poor-british-report-finds/article18852585/#dashboard/follows/). For those of you who are interested in the actual report and not just the attention-grabbing, somewhat misleading headlines associated with modern media you can access the report here.

 

It was quite a week for Fairtrade International. The organization probably hasn’t seen that much interest in years. It’s unfortunate that negative or shocking media...

20 Apr 2012
  Our buying season for 2012 is over. In June we will be releasing a series of new coffees, one of which will be the re-introduction of Wisdom of the Mountains, a coffee coming from UCIRI Co-op in Oaxaca, Mexico.  This is a very exciting re-launch for us, as it will be the first time Just...
23 Mar 2012
    After my tour through Guatemala, I took a short flight to meet with producers in Costa Rica. The contrast between the two countries is noticeable immediately. CR is one of the most economically developed nations in Latin America, fuelled largely by tourism and IT industries. Coffee...
12 Mar 2012
My version of the trip began at 5:20 am with a pickup from Don, followed by a visit to café SuPa (Sue & Pascal), where Sue had prepared drinks of our choosing to start our long travel day right. It was fun meeting up with everyone at the airport and sitting down to breakfast together,...
12 Mar 2012
Day 1 - Wednesday Operation drive, park and fly is complete! We are safely on our way to Chicago and I can feel the temperature rising already.  We all arrived safely at the airport with plenty of time to have breakfast together, since we did leave at six am!  The flight is due to take...
02 Mar 2012
My second stop in Guatemala was at the ASOBAGRI co-op in the Huehuetenango region after a very bumpy 12-hour drive through winding mountain roads with beautiful vistas. I enjoyed the glimpses of people going about their lives in small communities along the highland road, herding sheep, washing...