Delicious Peace

July 28, 2008 at 15:33 2 comments

We had an exciting delivery at the end of last week – our first batch of Mirembe Kawomera (Delicious Peace) coffee.

Mirembe Kawomera Coffee began with one man’s dream. In 2003, JJ Keki, a Ugandan coffee farmer, walked door to door asking his Jewish, Christian, and Muslim neighbors to put aside old differences and come together. Their community of third and fourth generation coffee farmers was struggling to make a living off the low prices offered by the local market. With the assistance of Laura Wetzler from the US-based organization Kulanu, these Jewish, Christian and Muslim farmers formed a cooperative to build lasting prosperity in their villages and to spread a message of peace throughout the world. They named their coffee Mirembe Kawomera, which means, “Delicious Peace” in the Luganda language.

Now in 2008, the Peace Kawomera Cooperative has grown to over 750 members. Thanks to their collective effort, the farmers sell directly to Thanksgiving Coffee Company, and receive prices four times higher than what they were previously paid. This has enabled farmers to send their children to school, start savings accounts, and reinvest in their farms.

We have 3 versions of the coffee at Global Fayre: Light and Dark Roast and a Decaf. As well as paying Fair Trade prices, an additional $1 from the sale of each package is sent back to the Cooperative to fund community development projects.

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  • 1. Paul Katzeff  |  July 28, 2008 at 20:13

    Dear David and Cheri,
    “Transparency and accountability; dealing fairly and respectfully with trading partners”
    That is a quote from your mission statement. However it is inconsistent with your Mirembe story because your story ;
    1 Makes no mention of the role of Thanksgiving Coffee Company
    2. Implies that the $1.00 rebate comes from your company as if it was your idea.
    I know this might sound off the wall but it is not “fair” to your trading partners to hide their existence . We would never undercut your sales or do anything to harm your profitability
    so mentioning our name and the fact that it was our company that invested in this project and did what no other coffee company would do and that is purchase their 37,500 lbs without even tasting it …those items seem worthy of mention if not applause.
    I hope you will modify your story.to further validate your position on Transparency. and I thank you for supporting the farmers of Merimbe Kawomera. They need you as do I.
    Paul Katzeff
    CEO
    Thanksgiving Coffee Company

    Reply
  • 2. globalfayre  |  July 29, 2008 at 07:03

    We do actually reference Thanksgiving Coffee if you read the final main paragraph. However, I had meant to include a link to your site too at that point.
    Regarding the $1 support payment, we certainly were not trying to claim credit in any way – just to make the reader (purchaser!) aware that a dollar goes directly back in that way. Equally, we didn’t mention that we have reduced our usual GP% to get the coffee to the consumer at a Fair Price (Fair meaning comparable to buying direct from your web site).
    Any lack of content was most definately not intended to contribute to a lack of transparency; we take our mission at Global Fayre very seriously.

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