Blog

23 Jan 2015

It’s exciting to see the determination of the San Antonio cooperative in Nicaragua, even during a time when they’ve lost up to 80% of their coffee production due to the devastating fungus, Rust. 

Their determination is being supported and enabled by the Just Us! Rust Recovery Program.  With the necessary funds in hand, San Antonio has sprung to action: they know what they need to do and have the skills and energy to do it.  For starters, the cooperative will use the fund to increase food security and support farm improvements.

San Antonio differs from the other cooperative we’re working with in Nicaragua, Luis Alberto Vásquez, because its members are individual family farms dispersed throughout the region.  San Antonio’s role is to support each family in their personal response to Rust.  They will give their members the knowledge and tools to regenerate their coffee fields, bolster their food production...

24 Apr 2012
  As many of you are probably aware, 2010-2011 brought about a pretty thorough overhaul of our coffee program. Not only were several blend recipes modified, new coffees brought in, we also completely changed the way we roast our coffee. We’ve been working to achieve a vision of fresh...
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...