Behind the Sticker: Who Grew My Coffee? RSS

Tarmini, Indonesian Coffee Farmer

Can you introduce yourself? My name is Tarmani. I'm not even 50 yet.  What is coffee to you? For household needs. For us to eat. Sometimes there are events, like parties. We take turns to buy what is needed like five kilos of sugar for regular social gatherings. Just daily necessities. Why did you become a coffee farmer? If I didn't become a farmer, what would I be? I can't work in an office. I only graduated elementary school. I can't possibly be an employee. We just live on, and most importantly hopefully we don't experience problems when farming. The only problem is that the plantation is small. One hectare at the most. Not to mention that a little area...

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Rescuing Dogs & Sipping Lattes with Brianne Hall

  I met Brianne Hall on a busy Saturday morning at Onda Origins’ café & roastery in Hillman City. She was sipping on a steaming chai tea latte and texting volunteers who were bringing their foster dogs to meet Onda customers for an adoption event. Brianne works with Dog Gone Seattle, a dog rescue organization that relies on a network of over 300 volunteers to give dogs a safe landing spot while they find their forever homes. Brianne was part of the founding team of Dog Gone Seattle (DGS) five years ago, and has fostered over 33 dogs since then. She started fostering after her own dog passed from cancer, but it didn’t take long for her to fall in...

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Costa Rican Coffee Farmer, Enrique Navarro, Improves Conditions for Farm Workers

Like many other Costa Rican coffee farms, Enrique’s farm relies on seasonal migrant workers from Panama—often the indigenous Ngäbe-Buglé people who make a demanding journey that leaves the population in a state of mixed documentation, limited resources, and host to human rights abuses. Migrant farm workers can stay in warehouse-type buildings—40-60 people to each structure—with usually no sanitation, plumbing, mattresses, or privacy.

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