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MARCH COFFEE NEWS

Meet Sabel and Daysi
Over the next few months, we are looking forward to featuring the many people that make Velasquez Family Coffee possible. We start this month with Guillermo's brother Sabel and his wife Daysi.

But first, our usual reminder that we'll be doing our March coffee deliveries on Friday, March 10. If you live (or work) in Minneapolis or St. Paul and some suburbs, we can add you to our free delivery route. If you don't live in these areas, we're happy to mail coffee to you. Just get your coffee order to us before noon Wednesday, March 8 by contacting us at coffee@vfamilycoffee.com or ordering through our website. Our next delivery date will be Friday, April 14th.

Saludos -- Greetings!
From Daysi and Sabel

This Month:
Meet our Coffee Farmers - Sabel Velasquez
The coffee we sell through Velasquez Family Coffee is grown by three members of Guillermo's Family - two brothers and a brother-in-law. This month we feature Sabel Maximiliano Velasquez, Guillermo's oldest brother. Sabel grows his coffee in an area outside Siquatapeque, Honduras that is know for its quality coffee because of its high altitude. He and his wife Daysi have three lovely young-adult daughters and live in the city of Comayagua where Daysi is an elementary teacher in a local public school. In addition to being  a coffee farmer, Sabel also serves as the director of the Comayagua branch of the Coffee Producers Association (AGROCAFE). In this role, Sabel has been a consistent advocate for coffee farmers and rural communities, often finding funding for road, bridge and water projects.  Most recently he is helping distribute more efficient cooking stoves that use less wood and produce less smoke than older versions.

Photos and Stories
When we were in Honduras in January, we spent a fun day with Sabel and Daysi visiting the places where they grow their coffee and checking out this year's coffee harvest. Below we share photos from our trip.

Sabel with his beautiful coffee plants.
Click to see more photos from our visit to Sabel's coffee farm

HOLIDAY FLAVORS

Our supply of holiday flavors is thinning, but there are still a few bags of each of the flavors to enjoy:

  • Bonfire
  • Chocolate Hazelnut Cream
  • Confused Santa
  • Drunken Uncle
  • English Toffee

These flavors are available in 8 oz packages for $7.50. Check out the website for full descriptions and to confirm availability. Some flavors (especially Bonfire and English Toffee) are down to only a few bags so don't delay!

Coffee Culture of Doing Good
One of our goals in the new year is to deepen our connections with and knowledge of the specialty coffee industry. Groups like the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) continue to impress us with their emphasis not just on great tasting coffee, but also on making coffee supply chains more sustainable and equitable for the places and people involved in growing coffee.

Good News from the Coffee World
A recent issue of the Specialty Coffee Chronicle celebrated "the power of “doing good." The photos below link to some of the articles that inspired us including: Ensuring Coffee Viability through Community and Sustainability, Alternative Trade or Better Trade, B Corp: An Unexpected Journey, the Power of Organic Coffee, and Shade-Grown Coffee.

Closing Words
"I’m convinced that relational power is greatly enriched and deepened by recalling and spreading the nonviolent principles and disciplines I learned in the freedom movement as a young man: don’t humiliate, demonize, or seek to defeat opponents — learn to understand them; practice “public love” toward one’s enemies as well as one’s friends; refrain from hating others who are violent or oppressive. Martin Luther King observed, “The nonviolent approach...first does something to the hearts and souls of those committed to it. It gives them new self-respect. It calls up resources of strength and courage they did not know they had.”

BY HARRY BOYTE, Huffington Post, A Democratic Educational Awakening Starts With Public Relationships. (Harry, a member of our church and former college professor for Cathy, is also a long time Velasquez Family Coffee customer!)



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