“we need to educate the coffee industry”

Last week in Brazil, during a workshop we organized to identify improvements on the Fair Trade standards and processes, coffee farmers and workers from three countries discussed how we could be more effective in educating the coffee industry and consumers about the challenges and opportunities that farmworkers in coffee face every day. To learn more …

Top 5 moments in 2012 (2)

…continuing my post on my top moments of 2012, here are the remaining two moments that were special because of the learnings and inspiration they brought to me and my work. 2. Learning from (and with) my labor friends Early this year I went to Brazil and Ecuador with Erik and Kevin: two champions of …

the labor behind our cups of coffee

If the state of Minas Gerais in Brazil were a country, it would be the largest coffee producing country in the world.  That’s how much coffee is grown in Minas.  Of the 280,000 people involved in the production of coffee in the state in 2009, over 230,000 were farm workers according to the Brazilian Institute …

Florinda and the ‘older crowd’

At the end of a sunny and hot day in the coffee fields, I met Florinda and other farm workers in the Mogiana region in Brazil in one of my trips this year. Despite their long day, we had a humor-filled conversation that made us all smile and laugh. When I was talking to her, …