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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 products. In addition, they attained Small Producer Symbol certification last year.

In Nicaragua we have managed to tighten our relationship with Prodecoop so that we no longer buy a nameless pooled lot from the organization. Instead, with the help of Etico, our partners in Nicaragua, we have developed a relationship with two small co-ops within Prodecoop that supplied our coffee last year and will again this year. In addition we arranged for these co-ops to put about US$ 9000 of the money we paid for their coffee into rust recover programs. For more information you can read our multi-part blog on Making Change in Nicaragua (www....

28 Mar 2014
I was about to submit a blog entry about our recent trip to Sumatra but when this letter came to my inbox last night I felt immediately it would have to take priority. UCIRI Co-op, of Oaxaca Mexico, is one of our longest standing producer partners in Latin America and our co-founders, Jeff and Deb...
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...