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14 May 2015

Since our last blog entry on Nicaragua we have been to the area to visit with the co-operatives and see how things are progressing. Here is some of the news from our visit.

Coffee Leaf Rust and the Nicaraguan Harvest

The coffee harvest in Nicaragua is over and farmers are breathing a sigh of relief that the negative effects of Coffee Leaf Rust are diminishing.  The co-operatives and their co-operators, like Just Us!, have helped farmers retake control by replanting hundreds of thousands of trees, increasing fertilization, and stepping-up maintenance.  Farmers have put in an amazing effort, and the worst is hopefully over. 

While significant progress has been made and yields are not decreasing as fast as before, they have yet to rebound.  Prodecoop, the large 2nd level co-op that Just Us! works with, saw yields decrease by 25% last year.  This year yields decreased a further 10%.  The healing will take...

28 Mar 2014
I was about to submit a blog entry about our recent trip to Sumatra but when this letter came to my inbox last night I felt immediately it would have to take priority. UCIRI Co-op, of Oaxaca Mexico, is one of our longest standing producer partners in Latin America and our co-founders, Jeff and Deb...
12 Mar 2014
Just Us! is always working to remove unnecessary pieces of the coffee buying chain. Last year we purchased nearly 80% of our coffee (by weight) directly from about 70% of our relationships. That’s 11 out of 16 co-ops. By "directly" we mean we negotiate our own contract directly with...
26 Feb 2014
This year, Just Us! Coffee Roasters is celebrating women in agriculture.  Over the course of the years and many visits to producer cooperatives with whom we partner in the Global South, we have witnessed the role of women in all the stages of coffee production.  Their hard work is...
18 Feb 2014
There has recently been a few customer inquiries concerning some statement made by Bulletproof Executive concerning blending coffees, decaffeinating coffees and the methods by which coffee cherries are processed into ready-to-roast green beans. You can read the article here (http://www....
22 Jul 2013
Word has it, our first ever Salvadoran coffee will be landing by boat in Halifax this week! We’re all very excited here at Just Us! as this coffee represents an incredible story of hardship, tenacity, and hopefully success. In January of this year a group of four of us from Just Us! had the...