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04 Mar 2016

We have an update from San Antonio, which along with Luis Alberto Vasquez, is a first-level cooperative that we work with in Nicaragua.  Like Luis Alberto, San Antonio was severely affected by the rust epidemic and saw yields drop from an average of 120,000 lbs. per year to 20,000.  With funds from the Just Us! Rust Recovery Program San Antonio created a revolving loan fund to support individual families in their efforts to combat the rust, and distributed $300 to an initial 20 families.

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29 Feb 2016
We last reported on Luis Alberto Vasquez in May of last year.  The co-operative was devastated by the coffee leaf rust epidemic and had seen reductions in their harvests from an average of 90,000 lbs. per year to about 7,000.  They responded with resolve and sweat equity, utilizing...
14 Aug 2015
A price increase on our signature product is typically not the way to thank our patrons for 20 years of loyalty.  So, needless to say the decision for a coffee price increase was not taken lightly. Our coffees are purchased largely from small-scale Indigenous co-ops committed to organic...
06 Aug 2015
Just Us! would like to thank everyone who has taken the time to reach out and share their feedback about our new coffee packaging. And while we delight in all the positive feedback the new look has received, we also recognize that there are challenges. We welcome your constructive feedback so we...
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...
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...