Traidcraft - September 2018
Traidcraft first introduced coffee to the UK in the early 1980s. Called ‘Campaign Coffee’ it came from Tanzania and tasted very basic. Traidcraft now travels the world to find the best coffee beans and our coffees now come from Nicaragua, Peru, Honduras and Malawi to name a few places.
According to legend, coffee was first discovered in the 9th century when Ethiopian goat herders noticed that their goats appeared to jig and dance about after eating wild coffee beans!!
There are two main types of coffee bean…. Robusta and Arabica. Robusta grows best at lower altitudes whereas Arabica is better suited to higher altitudes. Coffee beans are actually the green pits found in the red berry of the coffee bush. One coffee bush yields about one pound of coffee per year.
Traidcraft supplier CIPAC is a small Guatemalan co-operative with over 140 coffee farmers. The area is remote and mountainous but ideal for growing coffee. Farmers must deal with treacherous roads and coffee rust (a fungus which destroys coffee bushes).
Traidcraft has recently run several development projects in Guatemala including a coffee rust prevention project, a bee keepers' technical assistance project and fruit tree planting projects which help soil erosion in hilly areas.
Over 125 million people worldwide depend on coffee for their livelihood. With Fair Trade, coffee producers are guaranteed a fair price for their crop.
In the UK FairTrade coffee accounts for almost 25% of the total coffee sales. So…thank you for helping and enjoy your coffee!!
Our next Traidcraft stall is on Sunday September 23rd after the 10am service in the Porch Room. If you forget your money or maybe you will be on holiday, then you can order items from us .
Jackie Natt 01453 731018.