A painting created by a
student in SOPPEXCCA’s
In this issue: Living With Coffee in Nicaragua
Living With Coffee - 1
By José Luis Zárate and Kyle Freund JL: Is poverty an
Executive Director Letter - 2 issue of access to
In late February, Reuters reported that sufﬁcient land or low
Briefs - 3 coffee futures hit $1.719 per pound, productivity?
marking a 10-year high. However, just
Program Updates - 4 & 5 as coffee farmers seemed to approach an FE: It is primarily
equitable price for their product the price a result of small
SCAA Highlights - 6 & 7
dropped again. properties, but there are
Featured Donor: S&D Coffee - 9 Fatima Ismael two factors that
Coffee prices ﬂuctuate from day to day, Espinoza go together.
and those whose lives depend on coffee
as income hang in the balance. Imagine Limited land combined with inefﬁcient
Voice from the Field: how difﬁcult it must be to plan for your use of that land and the lack of technical
family’s future. resources make it very difﬁcult for
Marta Margarita families to survive.
Velasco Chel To get a better sense of how coffee
farmers deal with unstable prices, Coffee JL: How many sacks of export-ready
“I think womens’
Kids’ International Program Director green coffee do the farmers produce per
groups that focus
José Luis Zárate spoke with Fatima hectare?
on saving and
Ismael Espinoza, the general manager of
solidarity, like the FE: Our farmers produce about six
the Society of Small Producers for Coffee
ones explained sacks of green coffee [100 pounds per
Export (SOPPEXCCA) at the recent
by AUGE, can be sack] per hectare.
Specialty Coffee Association of America’s
very good for us.
(SCAA) Expo. Located in Nicaragua, JL: In your opinion, how much coffee
With the solidarity
SOPPEXCCA is a 650-member does a family need to produce to cover
groups we explain what we are
cooperative and a Coffee Kids partner, living expenses?
going to do with the funds, but we
known throughout the coffee industry for
can be conﬁdent the group will
their innovative practices. FE: An average family should produce
approximately 30 sacks of green
JL: How much land does the average coffee for export. But in order to survive,
Marta is a participant in ACMUV’s
farmer in your cooperative have in coffee? this production must be accompanied by
microcredit and savings program.
She attended this month’s exchange FE: Small producers in our cooperative the production of basic grains, fruits and
with our partner AUGE. on average cultivate about 1.8-2 hectares some vegetables, along with other cash
of coffee. This is insufﬁcient for many crops.
Read more from the exchange between
our partners on page 7.
and propagates poverty, which will (Story continues on page 7)
continue for the foreseeable future.
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Letter From The Executive Director
When I ﬁrst read that coffee prices Alternatives mean farmers have more
FOUNDER were up to $1.71 a pound in late options. When prices are low, or
Bill Fishbein March I got a little excited. Then I when there is no income from coffee,
BOARD OF DIRECTORS remembered the conversation I had families can stay together because our
Rob Stephen, President with a coffee farmer in Nicaragua last projects help provide supplemental
William Allen, Vice President winter. He told me that sometimes income and opportunities for a better
Elizabeth Whitlow Inman, Secretary prices rise, but that usually means future.
David Abedon, Treasurer & prices for things like fuel
Co-Founder By raising chickens, a
and food are also high.
Mona Blaber woman in Oaxaca, Mexico
That means the cost of
Karen Cebreros can feed her family organic
production and the cost
William Mares meat and eggs and she
Rick Peyser of living are so high, it
can sell any surplus to her
May Sagbakken cancels out any beneﬁt
neighbors or at the local
Karl Schmidt to a higher priced bean.
market. By learning about
And what if the farmer
traditional herbal remedies
Carolyn Fairman signed a contract last year
a woman in Guatemala can
INTERNATIONAL PROGRAM heal her family without
DIRECTOR Then I heard that coffee using expensive medicines.
José Luis Zárate prices fell back down And through micro loans
ADMINISTRATIVE MANAGER to $1.50 and I reﬂected a woman in Matagalpa,
Nancy Sulzberg on the volatility of the coffee market. Nicaragua can start her own small
INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT I was relieved to think about the business, providing added income for
LIAISON thousands of families who have her family.
Heather Ferraro alternative support through Coffee
So whatever the price is for coffee
COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER Kids projects. Of course, there are tens
tomorrow, know that when you give to
Kyle Freund of thousands more who could use our
Coffee Kids, you are helping to support
INTERNATIONAL PROGRAM these women and their families today.
COORDINATOR There are no easy answers. It is not a
Your support does make a difference.
José Carlos León Vargas simple problem, nor a simple solution.
DEVELOPMENT COORDINATOR Everything any one of us can do to
Joey Apodaca address poverty for coffee-farming
families helps tremendously. That’s
why your support of Coffee Kids Carolyn Fairman
is so crucial. Coffee Kids supports Executive Director
communities whether the price is high or email@example.com
Coffee Kids helps coffee-farming families
improve the quality of their lives. low, whether coffee is in season or not.
To help coffee-farming families promote eco-
nomic diversiﬁcation so coffee is no longer the
sole source of family income.
To facilitate forums where local community
groups identify their most pressing problems
and implement their own long-term, sustainable
To educate coffee consumers and businesses
about prevailing conditions in coffee-growing
communities and let them know how they can
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Roberto Dal Tio of C.M.A. Italy, makers of Astoria
Espresso Machines, passes a check for $17,000 to
Coffee Kids Executive Director Carolyn Fairman
and Board President Rob Stephen. C.M.A. made the
donation at Coffee Kids’ Reception on Friday, April 17.
Coffee Kids Presents at Leadership Summit Roaster Drawing Winner Announced
On February 6th, Communications Manager Kyle Freund Barbara Smyth of
presented at The El Pomar Foundation’s Leadership Sunnyvale, CA, won
Summit in Colorado Springs. Freund presented the the Sonofresco Table
session “Rural Poverty and Your Cup of Joe,” alongside Top Roaster Drawing
Jess Arnsteen, founder of Buywell Coffee in Colorado at the 2009 Specialty
Springs. Coffee Association of
The presentation focused on poverty in coffee-growing
Expo. Elan Organic
communities and what groups are doing to address the
Coffee donated the
problem. The three sessions were attended by young
roaster to Coffee Kids
leaders from Colorado colleges and universities. Yesenia Villota of Elan Organic Coffees
for the drawing, which
Special thanks to The El Pomar Foundation for the was held on the ﬁnal pulls a name in the Coffee Kids’
day of the expo. Roaster Drawing.
“I entered thinking I couldn’t expect to win, but rather
A Visit with DaVinci Gourmet
because I am supportive of Coffee Kids,” Smyth said.
In early April, Executive Director Carolyn Fairman met “The farmers get so little of what I pay retail, so I made
with our industry friends at DaVinci Gourmet Syrups my donation with the best wishes for coffee-farming
in Seattle. Fairman spoke with families and their collective future.”
employees about Coffee Kids’
partner projects at origin and the Smyth began developing her appreciation of espresso
impact of DaVinci’s support. and coffee drinks over the past couple years and looks
forward to roasting coffee for friends and family.
Special thanks to Jennifer Faren,
John Tuerff, and Corrie Byron of Kerry Group, and Judy Thanks to all who participated!
Campbell and Stacia Kirby from Campbell Consulting
for their time and hospitality. New Board Members
Coffee Kids is proud to welcome Karl Schmidt, president
Coffee Time in Boca Raton of Probat Burns, and May Sagbakken, program manager
Big thanks to the National Coffee Association (NCA) of the Safe Schools/Healthy Students program at
for offering Coffee Kids a special nonproﬁt rate to attend Albuquerque Public Schools, to our board of directors.
their annual conference in Boca Raton. This was our ﬁrst
year attending the conference; it was an opportunity to Congratulations to Heather and Stuart!
introduce Coffee Kids to members of the coffee industry All of us at Coffee Kids would like
who previously did not know about our good works. to congratulate Development Liaison
Heather Ferraro and her husband
Thanks to Leecia Manning, Gerri Buchanan, Robert
Stuart Johnson, who married on
Nelson and Jonathan Feuer. A special thank you to
March 20, 2009. Best of luck!
Probat Burns for inviting Carolyn Fairman, Coffee Kids’
executive director to join them at the their table for the
fabulous Saturday night dinner party.
We had a great time and look forward to it again next year!
Norma Alcántara of Coffee Kids’ partner AUGE presents a lesson on microcredit Women at ACMUV work together on a
and savings to women in Chajul, Guatemala. group project listing achievements and
Fresh From the Field: ACMUV-AUGE
By José Carlos León Vargas
Helping our partners learn from each other is an important aspect of Coffee
Kids’ work. In February, Coffee Kids international staff members brought
together representatives from Self-Managed Development (AUGE)
of Veracruz, Mexico and members of the Chajulense Association of
Women United for Life (ACMUV) in Guatemala to learn about the ﬁeld of
microcredit for women. AUGE has extensive experience in microlending and
Norma Alcántara and Dina Córdoba of AUGE conducted training sessions
with women from ACMUV, who recently began a Coffee Kids-supported
microcredit program for women.
Members of ACMUV were especially interested in the role of savings, a
pillar of AUGE’s microcredit program used by more than 3,000 women,
men and children in Veracruz, Mexico. Alcántara stressed the importance
of solidarity among the members of the microcredit program and how it
can strengthen the organization.
To emphasize cooperation, each woman was given a balloon to represent Women at ACMUV learn about solidarity
hopes and dreams. The women threw the balloons in the air and worked with a balloon game.
together to keep them aloft. The exercise showed the participants that
together, they can make their dreams a reality.
“Despite the geographic distances, the women [in Mexico and Guatemala]
share the same problems. We have to deal with economic needs, discrimination,
and we are subject to a strong machismo. We women have the same aspirations.
Our efforts aim at improving the lives of our families, our children, our brothers,
our husbands, and our communities. In Chajul, we discovered that women
everywhere have the capacity for self-employment, self-education and self-
-Norma Alcántara, General Director of AUGE
Board Member Buzzes Around Oaxaca
In February, Coffee Kids Board Member, Bill Mares, traveled
to Mexico to work with partners, learn about their efforts in
beekeeping and share a few tips. Mares is president of the
Vermont Beekeeper’s Association.
Below is an excerpt from his report on the visit.
I just spent two weeks in southern Mexico teaching coffee
farmers how to keep bees with help from José Luis Zárate
and José Carlos León Vargas in Coffee Kids’ Oaxaca ofﬁce.
Professor Dewey Caron, a leading beekeeping scientist
with 40 years of teaching experience in the United States
and Latin America, came along. Dewey and I are building a
three-part manual of best practices for coffee cooperatives
that produce honey or are thinking about it.
Fresh From the Field: Mares in Mexico
Honey production went into steep decline in Central America
when killer bees swept through the region in the 1980’s
destroying traditional beekeeping methods. In the last 15-
20 years, pent-up demand and a readiness to adopt modern
Mares, Alberto Contreras of CAMPO methods have brought honey back as a popular sweetener
and Professor Dewey Caron
and as a source of supplemental income.
One of the beekeeping heroes on our trip was Alfredo
Contreras, a second-generation beekeeper with Coffee Kids’
partner CAMPO. With an extraordinary “hive-side manner,”
he is passionate about teaching and about including women,
long marginalized from primary economic activities.
The rest of Mares’ story can be found on the Coffee Kids blog
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Attendance was strong at the 2009 Specialty Coffee
Association of America’s (SCAA) Expo in Atlanta.
The Coffee Kids booth, across from DaVinci Gourmet,
was consistently busy throughout the three-day event.
We’re proud to be part of the coffee industry
and thankful for the support of all our members,
supporters and partners around the world.
Joey Apodaca and Kyle Freund of Coffee Kids
meet up with Glenn Sacco and Robert Hepburn of
Paciﬁc Bag, Inc.
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Coffee Kids’ friends at Alterra Coffee Roasters
donated shirts for the Good Works T-shirt Auction.
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The aim is to diversify the products JL: What happens during the ‘silent their diets starting with backyard
that ﬁt into the agro-ecological system months’ when there is no coffee production of fruits and vegetables.
of coffee. This will prevent over production?
dependence on coffee because if the JL: What kind of projects are you
FE: Coffee has very little silence. promoting?
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price falls, families are helpless. If the
harvest is bad, families are helpless. In Most of the energy is put in November
through February, which is harvest FE: There are some who have
our case, we have been encouraging already diversiﬁed their production.
cultivation of cocoa alongside coffee. time. But after that there is the
pruning, fertilization and coffee Some produce coffee and cocoa,
The cocoa has a good price and it’s a others have coffee and sheep and
more efﬁcient use of the soil. maintenance.
some others are managing coffee
JL: In your experience, how much JL: It seems obvious that families and cattle. There is a group of poor
money is necessary to cover a do not earn enough to cover their women that have little land and
family’s needs? expenses. What are they doing to we’ve provided them with training
cover that missing part? to produce jam for local sale and
FE: For a normal family, without consumption.
wasting anything, a family could FE: Well, this means they’re eating
spend about $30 a day. And the badly. It’s an issue of malnutrition. Read the rest of this interview and
average income in Nicaragua is $2 And what are we doing about this? more on the Coffee Kids blog at
per day. We are trying to ﬁnd alternatives http://www.coffeekids.org/blog.
for the people so they can diversify
Thank you to Caffé Culture, a coffee
Fun ways to Fundraise
industry tradeshow in London, which
Bridgehead Coffee of Ottawa
has generously provided Coffee Kids
collected over $1,300 through
with a free booth at the upcoming show
their loyalty program. Customers
received free coffee and made a
donation to Coffee Kids. Thank you to all the volunteers at
the Good Works T-shirt Auction at
Java Java Espresso of Riverton,
the SCAA Expo in Atlanta. Kaitlin
WY, a drive-thru coffee shop,
and Haley from New Harmony
partnered with a local library to hold
solicited donations; Mike Love and
a coffee tasting. Admission to the
Alicia from Coffee Lab Roasters
event and a 12oz. bag of coffee were
and Terry Davis of Ambex Roasters
included in exchange for a donation
promoted the event. Special thanks
to Coffee Kids.
go to Laura Sommers of Espresso
Carrie Owen’s Spanish class at Supply who donated buttons and
La Salle Catholic College Prep in organized the auction.
Fun Ways to Fundraise / Thanks a Latte / On Press
Milwaukie, OR, held their annual
Several Coffee Kids’ supporters
coffee sale to beneﬁt Coffee Kids.
donated t-shirts, which were
For four years, Owen has organized
auctioned. Shirt donors included:
this fundraiser to educate students
Bongo Java - Nashville, TN; Café
about the social and economic
Javasti - Seattle, WA; Doubleshot
impacts of coffee in Latin America.
Coffee - Tulsa, OK; West Egg
Wilson’s Coffee & Tea in Racine, Café - Atlanta, GA; Alterra Coffee
WI, raised over $1000 at their New - Milwaukee, WI; and Batdorf
Year’s Day fundraiser, an annual and Bronson of Olympia, WA. To
event at which employees donate participate in the Goodworks T-
their time and the shop donates shirt Auction next year in Anaheim,
coffee and supplies. please contact Joey Apodaca at
Thanks a Latté
Thank you to InterAmerican Coffee On Press
for sponsoring the Coffee Kids Coffee Kids thanks the following
reception at the SCAA. Over 200 publications for donating ad space*:
folks attended and it was a wonderful Barista Magazine
setting to meet and greet Coffee February/March
Kids board, members, and staff.
Coffee Kids appreciates the SCAA February
effort to provide Carolyn Fairman Coffee and Cocoa International
with a full fellowship to participate January, March
in the SCAA Symposium at the
Thank you to new business member Fresh Cup
Clay Enos, founder of the Organic April
Coffee Cartel - New York, who
Natural Food Network
donated his photography services to
Coffee Kids at our reception.
Thank you to Gary McGann and January/February, March/April
Helen Ostle from Beyond the Bean
Ukers Directory - 2009
in Bristol, UK, who raised money
and awareness of Coffee Kids at *January-April 2009
the UK Barista Championship
Featured Donor: S&D Coffee
By Kyle Freund entered into a commercial agreement
with Coffee Kids to donate 10¢ for
It was hard to miss the S&D coffee
every pound sold.
wagon at the SCAA Expo in Atlanta.
The old delivery truck was retroﬁtted “Rhyne Davis, son of Founder Roy
to be a coffee-dispensing banner bus Davis, had an interest in Coffee Kids
promoting the company’s Buffalo & for several years, but we’d just made The S&D coffee wagon was a popular
Spring line of fair trade, organic coffee. a regular annual donation,” said attraction at the SCAA Expo.
If you looked closely, you could also Sandy Morris, sales administrative
see the Coffee Kids logo touting S&D’s specialist in the Specialty Coffee visible on their packaging, cups and
commitment to coffee-farming families. Division at S&D. “When we launched their Web site, which even features
Buffalo & Spring, we decided to get a slideshow explaining Coffee Kids
Just as S&D was launching their
more involved with the commercial work.
Buffalo & Spring line in 2006, they
“We really appreciate members who
With a commercial agreement, fully understand the need for our work
companies can use the Coffee Kids and share that with others. S&D has
logo on packaging and materials been a tremendous partner over the
to promote the relationship. S&D years,” said Carolyn Fairman, executive
Coffee’s promotion of Coffee Kids is director of Coffee Kids.
Change to Donor’s Circle and More Probat-Werke
Royal Coffee New York, Inc.
Daybreak Coffee Roasters, Inc
Michigan State Univ.- Sparty’s
Muldoon’s Own Authentic
We appreciate the 300 business members and Small Change Dunn Bros Coffee - Bemidji Coffee
supporters and 140 individual members who Sweet Maria’s Coffee Roastery Esquires Coffee Houses Nike Inc.
donated during the period of January 1 to The Jaffe Foundation Excelso Coffee & Tea Company Paciﬁc Coast Coffee Traders
F. Gavina & Sons, Inc. LLC
March 31, 2009 in the form of gifts up to $999. Bronze
Filterfresh Piedmont Postmark Cafe
These gifts totaled over $40,000. Due to space A. Y. Jackson Secondary
First Colony Coffee & Tea Putumayo World Music
limitations, we are unable to list all our donors in School
Raven’s Brew Coffee, Inc.
Full Circle Organic Coffee
this edition of our newsletter. A comprehensive Argon Masking
Redcup Ofﬁce Café Co., Ltd.
Aroma Coffee of Santa Fe Green Coffee Co-op
list for the year will be published in our Summer Rojos Roastery & Cafe
Associated Services Company Gulf Winds International, Inc.
Newsletter and Annual Report. Haggen / Top Food & Drugs Royal Cup Coffee
Atlantic Specialty Coffee, Inc.
Hot Beanz Coffee Rucquoy Freres N.V.
Gifts Received July 1, 2007 illy caffe North America, Inc. Safai Coffee & Tea
Helen Bader Foundation Belmonte Management
to March 31, 2009 Int’l Food & Beverage Import Salt Lake Roasting Co., Inc.
InterAmerican Coffee, Inc. Bongo Java/Fido
GMBH SCAE- UK
$100,000+ Java Jacket, Inc. BostonBean Coffee Co.
Intelligentsia Coffee Roasters Sloat Brothers, Ltd
DaVinci Gourmet Java Republic Bridgehead
Jasper Coffee Taylor Maid Farms
Green Mountain Coffee Latin America Fund Bunn Corporation
Java Bob’s Coffee Roasting Tinderbox
Roasters Matthew Algie & Co. Ltd. Cafe Ditare S.L.
Java Joe’s Urban Espresso Limited
Paragon Coffee Trading Co. Caffe Umbria
Platinum Kaladi Brothers Coffee Co.- Urth Caffe Corporation
Peet’s Coffee & Tea Caffenation
Longbottom Coffee & Tea Denver VICAM
Roasters Guild of SCAA Calvert Social Investment
S & D Coffee, Inc. Ken Gabbay Coffee Ltd Village Roaster, Ltd.
Starbucks Coffee Company Foundation
Van Houtte, Inc. Keurig Inc Volcanic Red Coffees
Stormans, Inc. Camano Island Coffee Roasters
Gold Kibbutz Kfar Etzion Wilbur Curtis Company
Target Sourcing Services/ Caravan Coffee
Aramark Canada Ltd. AMC La Salle Catholic College Wilson’s Coffee & Tea
Cibo Espresso Australia
Prep Zizzo’s Coffee
Autocrat Premium Coffee & Coffee & Cocoa International
Syrup Coffee By Design New Business Members
Baresso Coffee Lexington Coffee Roasting Co.
Batdorf & Bronson Coffee Holding Company, Inc. Organic Coffee Cartel
Caffe L’Affare, Ltd. Magnum Coffee Roastery
Boston Stoker, Inc. Coffee Masters, Inc. Our Coffee Barn
Caffe Milkart Mahlkonig GmbH & Co. KG
Buckmaster Coffee Company Coffee Republic Tribal Grounds Coffee Culture
Coffee Bean International Market Day
CMA, S.p.A. - Astoria Coffee to the People
Coffee Exchange Market Grounds
chicco di caffe Coffee, Tea, & Spice
Law Coffee Company Mars Drinks North America
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Mother Parkers Coffee & Mars Drinks UK
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