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17 Feb 2015

In our last blog, we reported on how the San Antonio cooperative is responding to difficult circumstances by analyzing their vulnerabilities and taking concrete steps to improve.  One area of their focus is the health of their farms.  Another is the participation of women in their cooperative. 

 

With clear self-reflection, San Antonio realized that the leadership and decision-making in their cooperative was done mostly by men, despite the fact that women play an equally important role in the success of the organization.  In response, the leadership asked if we could help facilitate a farmer-to-farmer exchange to another cooperative that has responded to the same issue.  With the help of Etico, our partner in Nicaragua, we were able to plan a trip for 17 members of San Antonio to Juan Fransisco Paz Silva, a cooperative of farmers in Achuapa, Nicaragua. 

 

The exchange was dynamic and spontaneous from the start,...

12 Mar 2014
Just Us! is always working to remove unnecessary pieces of the coffee buying chain. Last year we purchased nearly 80% of our coffee (by weight) directly from about 70% of our relationships. That’s 11 out of 16 co-ops. By "directly" we mean we negotiate our own contract directly with...
26 Feb 2014
This year, Just Us! Coffee Roasters is celebrating women in agriculture.  Over the course of the years and many visits to producer cooperatives with whom we partner in the Global South, we have witnessed the role of women in all the stages of coffee production.  Their hard work is...
18 Feb 2014
There has recently been a few customer inquiries concerning some statement made by Bulletproof Executive concerning blending coffees, decaffeinating coffees and the methods by which coffee cherries are processed into ready-to-roast green beans. You can read the article here (http://www....
22 Jul 2013
Word has it, our first ever Salvadoran coffee will be landing by boat in Halifax this week! We’re all very excited here at Just Us! as this coffee represents an incredible story of hardship, tenacity, and hopefully success. In January of this year a group of four of us from Just Us! had the...
03 Jul 2013
We are pleased to announce the reintroduction to the 2013 Reserve Line of our cherished Tarrazu Honey!  Since we first launched this coffee it has been a favorite of customers and staff alike, and one of our best-selling reserve line coffees. The beans are a true microlot, grown on the Las...