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14 May 2015

Since our last blog entry on Nicaragua we have been to the area to visit with the co-operatives and see how things are progressing. Here is some of the news from our visit.

Coffee Leaf Rust and the Nicaraguan Harvest

The coffee harvest in Nicaragua is over and farmers are breathing a sigh of relief that the negative effects of Coffee Leaf Rust are diminishing.  The co-operatives and their co-operators, like Just Us!, have helped farmers retake control by replanting hundreds of thousands of trees, increasing fertilization, and stepping-up maintenance.  Farmers have put in an amazing effort, and the worst is hopefully over. 

While significant progress has been made and yields are not decreasing as fast as before, they have yet to rebound.  Prodecoop, the large 2nd level co-op that Just Us! works with, saw yields decrease by 25% last year.  This year yields decreased a further 10%.  The healing will take...

14 May 2015
The last couple of days spent at the 4th Annual General Meeting off the Small Producer Symbol had some exciting moments and some not so exciting moments. Spending 10-12 hours at a time in a windowless hotel conference room listening to meeting proceedings in Spanish can be tedious and exhausting...
28 Apr 2015
May 1st marks the three year anniversary of the murder of a community leader in Santa Cruz Barillas, Guatemala who opposed the damming of the sacred river, Q’am B’alam (Yellow Tiger).  Killed by security guards from a Spanish-owned hydroelectric company (Hidralia Energia), the...
24 Apr 2015
We’ve told you the basics, but we know you probably have more questions. Here are our answers to the most frequently asked questions. If you don’t see the information you’re looking for, drop us a line at info@ justuscoffee.com and we’d be happy to answer your...
21 Apr 2015
We have a big announcement to make. We’ve been working on a top-secret project for well over a year and we’re so excited to finally share the results with you! It’s been a grueling (we actually can’t believe how much hard work was involved) process that has taken great...
05 Mar 2015
Two years ago, Just Us! had no relationships in El Salvador and our partnership with Prodecoop in Nicaragua was rather distant and impersonal. Today things are different. We have now purchased 2 harvests from ACPROA in El Salvador that have gone into our Cradle of Peace and Project: Trifinio...