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Topic: market for st helena (2 msgs / 67 lines)
1) From: Dan Bollinger
Funny.  I had the same thought and sent Dave a letter, too.  I got much the
same response as you did:
Dear Mr Bollinger,
Thank you for being so kind as to write such a wonderful compliment, very
much appreciated.
Please accept my apologies for my delay in reply, as I am still in hospital
with a spinal injury and rather behind on correspondance.
I export my coffee on a global basis through both direct sales from my web
site and commercial green sales.  The main markets are Scandanavia, UK,
Central Europe and Asia.  The only green commercial customer that I have is
Sweet Marias as the other companies are involved with Hawai and Jamacia.
Last year we lost 68% approx of our harvest due to lack of labor on the
island as the government social security policy is so good that people do
not need to work and most of the private businesses here are desperately
struggling to survive.
This year I hope to import labor from South Africa which involves paying for
their 5 day cruise from Capetown to the island and then another 5 days back,
plus housing and full board and wages in order to try and harvest my coffee.
This will only happen if the local authorities here will grant permission
for this immigrant labor.
So hopefully if all goes as planned there will be more coffee available for
Tom if he wants it.
Should you wish to contact me please use this email address or tel + 290
2500 and the hospital receptionist will put your call through.
I am delighted that you enjoyed my coffee and once again thank you for your
kind comments.   I am hoping to add a page to my web site
www.st-helena-coffee.sh with customers comments, would you allow me to use
yours ?
Please convey my best wishes to Tom if you see him.
With kind regards,
David R. Henry.
Chief Executive
The Island of St Helena Coffee Company.
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2) From: Joe Dickens
That reminded me--in Tokyo, there was no evidence of St. Helena in (high end) department stores or any coffee shops that was to be found. Most likely it's there somewhere, but maybe in Ginza (way too expensive town) or something. Sorry about the report delay.
 
Joe
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