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“Talk the Walk and Walk the Talk” Just Us! Coffee Roasters Co-operative has been supporting the global fair trade movement for almost two decades. The advancement of fair trade has been positive and rapid and has evolved, arguably, away from some of its foundational concepts of land sovereignty, ecological farming, and community development.

In a recent re-visioning of Just Us!, we found in fact we are more than Fair Trade, we are a co- operative that has focused on food and farmers of the global south. Whether it was working with farmers to increase quality of product, or to help with organic certification, or to help form co- operative marketing and promotion of small producer products, Just Us! can best be described as an organization “listening to and working with” farmers.

We recognize that smallholder farms, both globally and locally, hold the most promising solutions to address food sovereignty, food security, land and water usage, and climate change, To this end, for our products that we purchase globally, we have adopted the Small Producer Symbol to support the important work of these producers.

Just Us! over the past 5 years or so has been asked to participate in many agricultural conferences bringing the stories of our producers. We soon began to see there was synergy with the small producers here in Atlantic Canada and the struggles of small producers the world over. We identified a need to bring together small producers to talk about the issues they were facing.

Just Us! purchased 5 acres behind its main building in Grand Pré with the idea that we might want to expand our building. We found out later that it would be very difficult to change this land from agricultural at this time. So ideas began to percolate.
Through our relationship with Dr. Av Singh, Organic Specialist with Perennia we began to share our idea of a Centre for Small Farms and eventually invited him to join us in the role of Producer Relations and to help us found the Centre for Small Farms and start the Just Food! Farm on our property.
Just Us! has told the story of those that are marginalized our history. Here in Grand Pré (A UNESCO World Heritage Site) we use land that was owned by the Mi’kmaq people and their

June 2013

story has been misrepresented time and time again. There are few places that really tell the truth. We have the opportunity to work with Mi’kmaq elders to highlight the gifts and strengths of the Mi’kmaq people that allowed those that settled here to survive. They were a people of peace, co-operation and community.

“Treat the earth well: it was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children. We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children.” — Ancient Indian Proverb

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sustainability, rather it hopes to provide the venue for farmers to gather, share, plan, and act. More specifically, the Centre hopes to help create a just food system through these objectives:
 To promote small-scale farming techniques

to aspiring, beginning, and experienced farmers through workshops, on-farm demonstrations; and guest speakers. The Just Us! Centre for Small Farms looks forward to building collaborative partnerships in program delivery with groups like Perennia, ACORN (Atlantic Canadian Organic Regional Network), as well as on-farm mentors and educational organizations like Heliotrust; Pollination Project, and Windhorse Farm.

 To connect local farmers with farmers from the Global South and create opportunities to share and exchange wisdom to improve the efficiency and resiliency of small-scale farming. Global South farmers are well experienced with the successes and challenges of a fair trade model, which may also have merit in a Canadian context. The Just Us! Centre for Small Farms will foster relationships with other Fair Trade Organizations (e.g., FUNDEPPO, CLAC, etc.) as well as international food and farming organizations (National Farmers’ Union; Slow Food; Navdanya; Food First:, Rodale Institute; GRAIN; USC, La Via Campesina, etc.) and co-operatives and businesses in support of small-scale farming (e.g., Scotian Gold Coop; Johnny’s Select Seeds; Homestead Organics, etc.).

 To celebrate and acknowledge the historical and continued contributions of indigenous and colonial cultures to small scale farming. Integral to creating a just food system is the acknowledgment and respect of traditional and local ways of knowing.

 To educate consumers about a just food diet where food security, food sovereignty, health (human, animal, plant, soil, and environment), farm profitability, and rural community viability are all acknowledged — using Schumacheresque phrasing ‘’farming as if everything mattered”.

 To grow food for the Just Us! Kitchen to use for the Just Us! Coffeehouses. To grow food to produce value added products that will be sold in the Just Us! Coffeehouses.

 

The Just Us! Centre for Small Farms believes that a just food system is possible, both at a local and global level, and that a unity and connectedness of small scale farmers, globally, is a prerequisite. The Centre for Small Farms will employ farmers- in-residence to manage a demonstration farm (The Just Food! Farm) to serve as a “meeting place” for farmers.

The farm will highlight farmer-to-farmer innovations and celebrate traditional knowledge systems looking to that wisdom to guide solutions for a resilient agriculture. The Just Food! Farm looks to acknowledge the contributions made by the Mi’kmaq, the Acadians, the Planters, and the United Empire Loyalists, with specific interest in the early relationships between the Indigenous population and the French Colonists.
Using the Spanish proverb, “we make the road by walking” the Just Us! Centre for Small Farms does not want to be prescriptive on what the small-farm community will need to address 

 
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why food matters

Why Food Matters
By Amanda Sheppard
As a young girl growing up in rural North
Grand Pre, I spent my days running through
corn fields and chasing after chickens. I
picked apples from our orchard, and spent
hours excitedly looking at all of the
vegetables that sprouted up from the
gardens. Food was a celebration for our
family. My mother cooked elaborate meals
everyday. Roast chicken with mashed
potatoes and gravy, home made chocolate
cake and fresh fruit pies…I spent my time
in the kitchen with her, carefully chopping
apples, kneading dough and rolling out pie
crust with my own tiny rolling pin.
Cookbooks were my favourite picture
books. When I learned to read, I poured
through them like novels. I still have the
tattered yellow scribbler that contained my
grandmother’s neatly penciled recipes:
things like maritime brown bread and old
fashioned boiled icing. I still use her recipes
today.
I remember being excited everyday to open
up my lunch box and see what my mother
had made for me. Egg salad, fresh banana
bread and granola bars that we made
together. It was different in the outside
world, though. I can remember kids at
school making fun of my lunch, and I would
tearfully throw it away. I wanted fruit rollups and mini pizzas like them. I soon
became embarrassed of my home made
lunches. I began to resent our way of life.
I can still remember the first time we
slaughtered our chickens and my mother
cooked a big batch of chicken stew. I threw
my fork down and screamed. “I’m not
eating my friends! I can see their feathers in
here!” I dramatically ran to my bedroom
and slammed the door. I’d grown quite
attached to the chickens, checking their
nests for eggs, and naming each one of
them. I didn’t understand. I declared myself
a vegetarian for a short while, but I couldn’t
bear to watch the rest of the family eating
chicken and biscuits without me. I caved. I
would later become a vegetarian as a teen,
but could only convince myself that I liked
soy wieners for so long. Needless to say, it
didn’t last.
As I grew older and developed my own
sense of self, I embraced the food culture
again. I realized that food was the tie that
bound our family together.I collected
dozens of cookbooks. I cooked and baked
everyday. Out on my own, I looked forward
to the family dinners that brought us
together again. As soon as I could have
wine I became fascinated with it. I loved to
walk through the local vineyards and touch
the beautiful bunches of grapes. I knew I
would always be part of the food industry. It
was where I belonged.
Living in the Annapolis Valley is the greatest
gift I could have ever received. A food
lover’s paradise, we have access to some of
the best, safest and healthiest organic food
in the world. Just Us! recently had the
wonderful opportunity to come together as
friends for an evening of delicious, locally
sourced food, music and laughter, and it
was a huge success.
Food brings people together in a way that
nothing else can. It nourishes the body and
the soul. Thank you to those who worked so
hard to show us why our commitment to
the new food movement matters. We are
well fed and full of gratitude.
Thinkin’ About Food – Members Retreat
Just Us! Co-op Members and invited guests
spent two days simply thinking about food –
its politics, its justice, its values. Facilitated
by Amy and Av, members were asked to
share their motivations and habits around
food purchases as individuals and as
members of Just Us! Overwhelmingly
members agreed that food purchasing
decisions for Just Us! were made based on
quality and marketability and that the social
and environmental factors behind the
products were added value that aid in
making a stronger product. Just Us!
members agreed that forming direct
relationships with the producers and
processors from whom they purchase is
invaluable and that these relationships help
foster a “story” which is integral to the
messages that Just Us! wants to convey to
its consumers. The Social Responsibility
Committee has been tasked to create a
Values-based Procurement philosophy and
checklist to help ensure purchases are in
line with the ideals of Just Us!
Despite a bleak look into the current
(dysfunctional) food system (check out the
NUMBERS), Just Us! members visioned a
food secure future with many small-scale
farms, regional processing facilities, cooperative and alternative housing strategies,
and different means of energy and financial
transactions. Most importantly, members
redefined “wealth” – healthy land, healthy
people, and a healthy community. ~Av
The NUMBERS
8 – percentage of income the
average Canadian spends on food
56 – the percentage of meals
Atlantic Canadians eat outside of
the home
11- the average number of minutes
to prepare a meal at home
8 – the average number of minutes
to consume a meal at home
3000 – the number of kilometres
the average Canadian meal travels
3200 – the number of Calories the
average Canadian consumes in
one day
27 – billion dollars is the amount of
food wasted each year in Canada
1000+ – the number of Food Banks
in Canada
80 – percentage of processed foods
that contain Genetically Modified
Foods
?? – the real cost of a “cheap” food
From the
Speaker’s Corner
By Andrea Woolaver
Below is the message of solidarity the
CCDA sends to Idle No More:
We feel very deeply about what is
happening in Canada to our brother native
people. We condemn the pillaging of which
they continue to be victims. We urge you to
continue your acts of just resistance to
defend Nature, our Mother Earth and
Humanity, despite the ambition of
governments and corporations to place
their interests above the rights of the
millenarian peoples.
We call on the (Canadian) government to
respect the lives and territories of our
brothers and sisters and to respond to their
demands.
To resist is to defend the territories!
In solidarity.
Leocadio Juracan,
General Coordinator, Comite Campesino
del Altiplano CCDA
If you are what you eat, you might
be having an identity crisis.
A new study on food fraud was released
Wednesday m

 
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The History of Coffee

THE HISTORY OF COFFEE

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THE HISTORY OF COFFEE

historyofcoffeeIn the Ethiopian highlands, where the legend of Kaldi, the goatherd, originated, coffee trees grow today as they have for centuries. Though we will never know with certainty, there probably is some truth to the Kaldi legend.

It is said that he discovered coffee after noticing that his goats, upon eating berries from a certain tree, became so spirited that they did not want to sleep at night.

Kaldi dutifully reported his findings to the abbot of the local monastery who made a drink with the berries and discovered that it kept him alert for the long hours of evening prayer.  Soon the abbot had shared his discovery with the other monks at the monastery, and ever so slowly knowledge of the energizing effects of the berries began to spread.  As word moved east and coffee reached the Arabian peninsula, it began a journey which would spread its reputation across the globe.

Today coffee is grown in a multitude of countries around the world. Whether it is Asia or Africa, Central or South America, the islands of the Caribbean or Pacific, all can trace their heritage to the trees in the ancient coffee forests on the Ethiopian plateau.


coffeegatheringThe Arabian Peninsula

The Arabs were the first, not only to cultivate coffee but also to begin its trade.  By the fifteenth century, coffee was being grown in the Yemeni district of Arabia and by the sixteenth century it was known in Persia, Egypt, Syria and Turkey.

Its popularity was perhaps due, in part, to the fact that Muslims, forbidden alcoholic drink by the Koran, found coffee’s energizing properties to be an acceptable substitute.

ThehistoryCoffee was not only drunk in homes but also in the many public coffee houses — called qahveh khaneh — which began to appear in cities across the Near East. The popularity of the coffee houses was unequaled and people frequented them for all kinds of social activity. Not only did they drink coffee and engage in conversation, but they also listened to music, watched performers, played chess and kept current on the news of the day.  In fact, they quickly became such an important center for the exchange of information that the coffee houses were often referred to as ‘Schools of the Wise.’

With thousands of pilgrims visiting the holy city of Mecca each year from all over the world, word of the ‘wine of Araby’ as the drink was often called, was beginning to spread far beyond Arabia. In an effort to maintain its complete monopoly in the early coffee trade, the Arabians continued to closely guard their coffee production.


Coffee Comes to Europe

European travellers to the Near East brought back stories of the unusual dark black beverage. By the 17th century, coffee had made its way to Europe and was becoming popular across the continent. Opponents were overly cautious, calling the beverage the ‘bitter invention of Satan.’ With the coming of coffee to Venice in 1615, the local clergy condemned it. The controversy was so great that Pope Clement VIII was asked to intervene. Before making a decision however, he decided to taste the beverage for himself. He found the drink so satisfying that he gave it Papal approval.

coffeecomestovienna1Despite such controversy, in the major cities of England, Austria, France, Germany and Holland, coffee houses were quickly becoming centers of social activity and communication. In England ‘penny universities’ sprang up, so called because for the price of a penny one could purchase a cup of coffee and engage in stimulating conversation.  By the mid-17th century, there were over 300 coffee houses in London, many of which attracted patrons with common interests, such as merchants, shippers, brokers and artists.

Many businesses grew out of these specialized coffee houses. Lloyd’s of London, for example, came into existence at the Edward Lloyd’s Coffee House.


The New World

In the mid-1600′s, coffee was brought to New Amsterdam, a location later called New York by the British.

Though coffee houses rapidly began to appear, tea continued to be the favored drink in the New World until 1773 when the colonists revolted against a heavy tax on tea imposed by King George.  The revolt, known as the Boston Tea Party, would forever change the American drinking preference to coffee.


Plantations Around the World

As demand for the beverage continued to spread, there was tense competition to cultivate coffee outside of Arabia. Though the Arabs tried hard to maintain their monopoly, the Dutch finally succeeded, in the latter half of the 17th century, to obtain some seedlings. Their first attempts to plant them in India failed but they were successful with their efforts in Batavia, on the island of Java in what is now Indonesia.  The plants thrived and soon the Dutch had a productive and growing trade in coffee. They soon expanded the cultivation of coffee trees to the islands of Sumatra and Celebes.

The Dutch did a curious thing, however.  In 1714, the Mayor of Amsterdam presented a gift of a young coffee plant to King Louis XIV of France. The King ordered it to be planted in the Royal Botanical Garden in Paris. In 1723, a young naval officer, Gabriel de Clieu obtained a seedling from the King’s plant. Despite an arduous voyage — complete with horrendous weather, a saboteur who tried to destroy the seedling and a pirate attack — he managed to transport it safely to Martinique.  Once planted, the seedling thrived and is credited with the spread of over 18 million coffee trees on the island of Martinique in the next 50 years.  It was also the stock from which coffee trees throughout the Caribbean, South and Central America originated.

Coffee is said to have come to Brazil in the hands of Francisco de Mello Palheta who was sent by the emperor to French Guiana for the purpose of obtaining coffee seedlings. But the French were not willing to share and Palheta was unsuccessful. However, he was said to have been so handsomely engaging that the French Governor’s wife was captivated. As a going-away gift, she presented him with a large bouquet of flowers.  Buried inside he found enough coffee seeds to begin what is today a billion-dollar industry.

In only 100 years, coffee had established itself as a commodity crop throughout the world.  Missionaries and travellers, traders and colonists continued to carry coffee seeds to new lands and coffee trees were planted worldwide.  Plantations were established in magnificent tropical forests and on rugged mountain highlands. Some crops flourished, while others were short-lived.  New nation’s were established on coffee economies.  Fortunes were made and lost.  And by the end of the 18th century, coffee had become one of the world’s most profitable export crops.

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WHAT IS COFFEE?

oldplantCoffea canephora — C. canephora var. robusta

Variety: Robusta

Most of the world’s robusta is grown in Central and Western Africa, parts of Southeast Asia, including Indonesia and Vietnam, and in Brazil. Production of robusta is increasing, though it accounts for only about 30 percent of the world market. Genetically, robusta carries fewer chromosomes than arabica and the bean itself tends to be slightly rounder and smaller than an arabica bean.  The robusta tree is heartier, more disease and parasite resistant, which makes it easier and cheaper to cultivate. It also has the advantage of being able to withstand warmer climates, preferring constant temperatures between 75 and 85 degrees, which enables it to grow at far lower altitudes than arabica.  It requires about 60 inches of rainfall a year and cannot withstand a frost. Compared with arabica, robusta beans produce a coffee which has a distinctive taste and about 50-60% more caffeine.  Robusta is primarily used in blends and for instant coffees.


The Anatomy of a Coffee Cherry

The coffee cherry’s outer skin is called the exocarp.  Beneath it is the mesocarp, a thin layer of pulp, followed by a slimy layer called the parenchyma.  The beans themselves are covered in a parchment-like envelope named the endocarp, more commonly referred to as ‘the parchment.’  Inside the parchment, side-by-side lie two beans, each covered separately by yet another layer of thin membrane.  The biological name for this membrane or seed skin is thespermoderm, but it is generally referred to in the coffee trade as the ‘silver skin.’

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Monthly Newsletter

December 2012 Volume 3 Issue 12

Manifesto of the Poor: Solutions Come From Below
By Francisco Van der Hoff Boersma
Francisco Van der Hoff is a Dutch worker-priest who earned doctorates in economics and theology.

Just Us! Centre for Small Farms

presents

the first English translation of Father Francisco’s best selling book, previously printed in French, Spanish and Italian. Unofficially adopted by the
Occupy movements worldwide. $12.95

All proceeds in support of Just Us! Centre for Small Farms projects with our farmer-partners in the Global South. Advance praise for Manifesto of the Poor:

Clarence’s Café
Now Open in Windsor! Visit our newest location located in the Fort Edward Mall in Windsor.

“The ‘little yellow book’ is a charter for the 99% who are looking to create an alternative world in which inclusive communities of people are interconnected, valued, and celebrated. Using models of fair trade and small-scale organic farming, Father Frans shows that we can

‘give human beings back their humanity and give the earth back its sacredness’.”

Av Singh Chair in Small Farm Sustainability, Just Us! Centre for Small-Farms

“… Creating living economies as part of Earth Democracy is not just possible; it has become necessary for peace, justice and sustainability”

Vandana Shiva Recipient of the Right Livelihood Award, Ecofeminist, and author

“The Manifesto of the Poor is a very timely and an urgently need- ed example of development from the bottom up. It gives us the history and thinking behind the fair trade movement by one of its founders, Francisco Van der Hoff.”

Jeff Moore, Co-Founder, Just Us! Coffee Roasters Co-op

“…He’s equally straightforward in demanding respect and a fair deal for peasants and marginalized people. If you’re not

sure there is anything you can or should do to help, read this book. It will erase your doubt and rewrite your shopping list.”

Nettie Wiebe organic farmer and Professor of Ethics at the University of Saskatchewan, former National Farmers Union president and founding member of La Via Campesina

If you are thinking one year head

sow a seed.
If you are thinking 10 years ahead plant a tree.
If you are thinking 100 years ahead educate the people.
By sowing a seed you will harvest once.
By planting a tree you will harvest 10 fold.
By training the people you will harvest 100 fold.

This year’s Just Us! calendar will be available soon. This year our focus is on food and farmers and we hope everyone will enjoy the beautiful photos taken by staff and
friends. It’s great to see
the many photos from the
Just Food! Farm and watch
the amazing growth over
the last year.

“Father Frans’ Manifesto is forged in the Deep Mexico of Tehuantepec’s indigenous communities. His trenchant insights on global capitalism and his passionate call for social justice are grounded in the praxis of the original fair trade movements.”

Eric Holt-Gimenez Executive Director of Food First, and author of Food Movements Unite! and Food Rebellions (with Raj Patel)

Jesus Christ Superstar Event Just Us! is presenting Andrew Lloyd Webber’s newly staged production of the rock opera sensation Jesus Christ Superstar. Experience it on the big screen, direct from the stage in London, England to the Al Whittle Theatre, Wolfville on Dec. 28th.
The show originally opened in the West End in 1972 and has been reimagined to capture today’s audiences but still has the classic musical numbers that you are sure to remember and love. Tickets are available at our Wolfville Coffeehouse—$19.95 for adults and $14.95 for students and seniors. All funds raised from this event will go towards the Acadia Cinema Building fund, helping our community preserve and enhance this beautiful local building.

Amazing Progress down on the Farm

Sales and Marketing Corner Facebook—257 new followers this month Twitter—257 new followers this month

  •   We have 41 new mail order customers

    and 14 new wholesale customers
     Ugly Mug Café & Emporium, Sydney, NS

    •   Sobey’s Caraquet, NB
    •   Mondragon Bookstore & Café,

      Winnipeg

    •   Roseway Medical Clinic
    •   Queen’s University Oxfam Fair Trade

      Co-operative in Kingston, ON

    •   Alcheme Botanicals, Napan, NB
    •   Bridge Brewery, Halifax
    •   Been There Gifts, Dieppe, NB
    •   Sacred Heart School, Halifax
    •   St. Margaret’s Church, Toronto
    •   The Wooden Monkey, Dartmouth
    •   Language and Literacy
  •   Acadia Craft Fair went amazingly well. HUGE thanks goes out to our staff for all their hard work. It takes a lot to pull off events like these and we did so in style.
  •   In November, Just Us! was represented at the ACORN Conference, promoting Just Us! along with ECO Milk! We also participated in the Valley Tea Festival and Pete’s 20 Years of Yum! On Nov 1 CTV’s Live @ 5 crew came to our Grand Pré Coffeehouse and filmed a feature on tea for the Festival.

    “Each person, group or organization working towards a different goal may seem powerless and insignificant – but all of them together add up to a force that can become irresistible.” – David Suzuki A poll conducted this month found that 88% of Canadians want the environment protected, even if it slows economic growth!
    Just yesterday, we celebrated a major victory. Thanks to public pressure, some of Southern Ontario’s very best agricultural land has been saved from becoming a massive industrial mega quarry.

Try this delicious recipe for your Christmas baking using Fair Trade products Double Chocolate Cookies

1-1/3 cup butter, well softened or lightly melted

2 cups Just Us! Organic Sugar

2 free-range eggs, beaten

1 Tbsp Fair Trade Organic Vanilla extract (Frontier Co-op makes one)

3 cups Speerville Whole White Flour 3/4 cups Cocoa Camino Cocoa powder 1 tsp Baking Soda
3/4 tsp Salt

1 cup Just Us! White Couverture, broken to 1cm cubes or smaller

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar.

Add beaten eggs & vanilla, mix until evenly blended
3. In a medium bowl, mix flour, cocoa, soda & salt

4. Add dry ingredients to wet and mix evenly

  1. Add chunked chocolate and mix evenly
  2. Roll into ping-pong sized balls and bake

on ungreased cookie sheet for 15-20

minutes, depending on oven. Cookies should be soft and slightly chewy.

The members passed a motion in November to proceed with building the Centre for Small Farms. We need to go by almost hourly to take pictures as the progress has been amazing, as you can see, but you can already get a sense of wonderful things to come.
We look forward to having our regular contractors from Nick Pratt and Apple Valley Builders, Kenny Sharp and Son Contactors, DLC Electrical and M&M Plumbing and Heating around over the next few months as progress continues.

 
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Posted by on November 15, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

RISTRETTO

Monthly Newsletter November 2012 Volume 3 Issue 11
Ristretto A “short” shot of espresso—bolder, fuller, more body
A Great Visit with our Peruvian Guests
Silvia Arispe and Andres Nuñez from Casil
Co-op in northern Peru visited Just Us! on
October 10-12. Silvia has a background in
economics and deals with marketing and
exports for the co-op while Andres is the
General Manager that has breathed new life
into the co-op over the past 10 years.
The purpose of their visit was to create an
end-of-value-chain connection and to
understand why Casil is working so hard
towards growing the best coffees that Peru
has to offer. Being Andres first time away
from Peru, he was thrilled to see the port
where Casil containers are received, the
roastery where their coffee is roasted, and
the coffeehouses and stores where their
coffee is brewed and consumed. As many
of you may have noticed, he is the farmer
whose picture is on most of the
promotional material for Casil and 12
Apostles. He may have looked a little
abashed about the attention but also
humbly enjoyed living in the limelight for a
couple of days.
Casil is a leading edge producer co-op
because they understand the direction that
specialty coffee is going and want to be on
the leading edge as roasted coffee trends
move towards higher and higher quality.
They are currently working towards
providing advanced coffee cherry depulpers
for all of their 200 producers and leading
edge drying patios as well.
Even more encouraging is their desire to
roast their own coffee for sale within Peru.
Peru, like many coffee growing countries,
exports most if not all of their specialty
grade coffees and consume the lower
quality beans. Extending their value-added
chain to roasted coffee for hotels and
restaurants in the Lima region is the same
concept that many small-scale farmers in
North America are pursuing. Value-added
products fetch more margin than the raw
products themselves and so it only makes
sense to pursue those markets as well.
Peruvians should be enjoying the quality of
coffee that their producers are able to
achieve and Casil intends to provide that
service.
To that end, as well as calibrating our
cupping scores, we spent the entire day on
Thursday cupping many different coffees
including those from Casil that we will be
using this year. Andres had never cupped
different origins and he was amazed at the
diversity between central American,
Peruvian, African and Indonesian coffees as
well as the differences that occur when
different processing methods are used. We
were all able to pick Casil’s coffee out of a
blind sampling of 9 different origins/
processes which helped us to understand
one another’s cupping language and
scoring methods. After lunch we roasted
coffee together, toured the roastery and
packaging department, and then discussed
their questions about learning to roast,
equipment, etc.
I felt this visit was the beginning of
something special that we will be able to
develop with the existence of the Centre for
Small Farms and an international exchange
of information between roaster and
producer. We all should be proud of what
we do here at Just Us! and know that we are
truly working to improve the lot of
producers around the world. Here’s to the
beginning of a long and fruitful relationship
with our partners in Peru. ~Joey AST COAST ORGANIC MILK
LAUNCHED!: Oct 19th, 2012
This month a dream came true. A few dairy farmers in Nova
Scotia cared so much for their cows and for their
customers that they embarked on a long journey to have
their farms certified organic (10 years!). In fact there were
many obstacles along the way, Dairy Boards, processing,
marketing, creating a co-op etc. Today a dream has come
true and Nova Scotia has it’s first Organic Milk.
Just Us! (namely Jeff), also believed in the dream and spent
many hours working with the dairy farmers to get through the challenges and to give them
the confidence that this could be done. After all, we did it with coffee.
Today Just Us! is proud to not only serve the milk, but to have invested in ECOmilk and to sit
on their Board of Directors.
CO-OP FUNDRAISER A SUCCESS!
As part of International Year of Co-operatives
we have been working with local Valley Co-ops
to raise awareness about co-operatives in our
community. In October we participated in our
third event with this group and held our first
Co-op Celebration Market Meal and Film
Night.
The event included dinner at the Wolfville
Farmers Market Co-op (with $2 off for co-op
members) and an evening of family oriented animated shorts and documentaries about cooperatives. At the Al Whittle Theatre, we had a small but enthusiastic audience. It worked as
planned, people came and went during the animated shorts. A number of young families
attended, with many who had never been in the theatre and for several young people it was
their first exposure to films on the big screen and to co-operatives. Those who saw The
Women of Brukman were glad they did; in fact members of Just Us! co-op are heading to
Argentina and may even visit that factory co-op. The awareness we generated was worth it
from our perspective. We have already signed up for next year’s “Get animated ” program as
a site for the National Film Board’s new releases. Stay tuned. All the best for the rest of this
special celebration year for co-operatives.
Sales and Marketing Corner
 We have seven new mail order
customers this month
 Halloween Chocolates sold very well
this year, selling out in Grand Pré
 Customers from West Vancouver
dropped by the Grand Pré café for a
visit and picked up some coffee and
chocolate. They are mail order
customers and particularly enjoy the
French Decaf!
 Delta Halifax Hotel placed an order. The
chef told us that they had a group from
Bank of Montreal who specifically
requested our coffee for their
conference!
 We donated tea to the Tea Association
of Canada. Our teas are going to be
sent across the country for use in the
Tea Sommelier Training Program!
 We have a number of events coming
up:
Acadia Christmas Craft Expo: Nov.
14-18
Coffee Demos @ Pete’s on Nov.3
Nov. 3 is the Valley Tea Festival
 The ACORN Organic Conference is
November 22-24
 Wolfville All Wrapped Up launches
Nov. 1st. All Wrapped Up is a
Christmas Shopping promotion
supported by
the town of
Wolfville.
 Melissa was
accompanied by
barista, Liz
Bishop last week
on her cupping
visit to King’s
Wharf. They’ve
picked their
blend and have
named it Boardwalk Bold!
Customer Feedback:
 Michelle A. writes: Recently tried the
Peppermint stick hot cocoa and it is
amazing!!!!!!!! I love that I can get a
product like this that is made in NS.
 @insuranceMaven tweets: Like your
coffee, your staff is amazing! Thanks
to the guy who gave me directions to
get the most spectacular view of the
bay!
 Michelle P. writes: I’m working my
way through the various Just Us!
coffees. This week’s selection:
Mexican Morning. It’s light and lively,
yet smooth and just the right acidity –
never sour.

 
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Posted by on November 2, 2012 in Uncategorized