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13 Jul 2016

Wow, what a week!  Did you know that HACCP, first developed in the 1960’s was a spin off from the US Space program?  The government wanted to make sure the food provided to astronauts would not harm them or make them sick while in space.  The food was to be completely free of bacteria, toxins, chemicals and physical hazards.  As a result of this HACCP was soon developed as a way to eliminate these hazards to produce the safest food possible. 

HACCP I focused on the importance of solid prerequisite programs.  A prerequisite program is a series of steps or procedures that control the operational conditions within a plant or food establishment and promotes environmental conditions that are favorable for the production of safe food.  Prerequisite programs address issues such as employee hygiene, sanitation, pest control, premises, transportation, purchasing, shipping, receiving, storage, recalls and equipment

HACCPII focused on the...

11 Apr 2014
So Long East Coast Organic Milk Just Us! is incredibly disappointed that East Coast Organic Milk has been unable to make a successful business. If policy-makers and marketing boards could have been more supportive it may have actually worked. You can listen to ECO Milk dairy producer, Frazer Hunter...
04 Apr 2014
Having just returned from my trip to Sumatra, I’ve had an opportunity to mull over the curiosity that is Sumatra. Most of our partnerships with small farmers are in Latin America so it’s certainly thought provoking to explore a completely different coffee growing culture that exists on...
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...