Blog

09 Oct 2014

Last winter I was fortunate to spend time in the Huehuetenango region of Guatemala. I paid my ticket and was off on an adventure with Joey Pittoello, the director of coffee for Just Us! Coffee. The purpose of the journey was to connect with producers from the ASOBAGRI co-op, which I learned is a relationship that Just Us! has had for over 14 years. I have wanted to do a trip like this for many years due to my connection with "Breaking the Silence". I had heard many stories about Guatemala from their interns at the Tatamagouche Centre and their work with the CCDA cooperative.  However, nothing that I had learned or heard could have prepare me for the varied emotions I had for the land and the people—especially the women that I got to meet along the way. It also made me think deeply about the trip that Just Us! co-founder, Jeff Moore, made so many years ago when he travelled on a bus through the Chiapas region of Mexico without any connections and a language...

16 Feb 2012
Dr. Vandana Shiva, one of the 7 most influential women in the world, will be visiting Nova Scotia! Vandana Shiva, is a physicist, environmental activist and author. Shiva, currently based in Delhi, is author of over 300 papers in leading scientific and technical journals. Shiva participated in...
01 Feb 2012
The Industrial Revolution started in the UK in the late 18th century. This culture of mass-production is still spreading today across continents and is arguably the primary reason that we face such deep environmental and social problems in the world. Before the advent of the machine, most products...
27 Jan 2012
The world is a big place and modern life has exposed us to unlimited injustices across its amazing surface. People and nature face a degraded existence at the (unseen) hand of the so-called free market that consolidates the wealth of elite big banking & big business families & investors....
13 Jan 2012
It’s always nice to look back at where we’ve been, so we know where we are now, and where we might be able to go in the future. A lot has happened in our coffee program over the last year. Here are some brief reflections. Producers Visited long term trading partners in Honduras at RAOS...
27 Nov 2011
This week Jeff Moore and I have been travelling in Ethiopia, the mystical birthplace of both humankind and coffee. Thousands of wild varieties are still found in the country and the coffee plants grown all over the world have a lineage back to this source. The high mountains have just the right...