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Topic: coffee for a cause (88 lines)
1) From: Gary Zimmerman
 >I'm wondering how everyone would feel about an across the board
 >5% increase in the price of their coffee beans so we could become
 > a sustaining group? Just a thought. I'll now duck and cover.
Hi John and list,
Attached below is a copy of a message I sent Tom and Maria a few weeks ago. 
It was based on a thoughtful post and "challenge" by John Hong.  Judging 
from John's post and those of others on this topic, I guess great minds 
must think alike!
:-)
Maria did respond to me, said it was a good idea, and that they'd look into 
doing it when they do some work on their order form page.  They also need 
to figure out how to work the bookkeeping and such.  It may just be too 
much trouble to be practical.  In any case, it will be awhile before they 
can look into it.
-- garyZ
PS: Note Tom and Maria are a couple of weeks behind (at least) in skimming 
the list mail - they're pretty busy with the new setup.
 >Date: Fri, 09 Aug 2002 11:29:40 -0700
 >From: Gary Zimmerman 
 >Subject: coffee for a cause
 >
 >Hi Tom and Maria,
 >
 >This post from the mailing list got me thinking. It's not a bad idea, but
 >frankly it's a pain to remember to do this, and I - like many folks - am
 >just plain lazy. It sounds good, and "some day" I'll do it. But, of
 >course, that day never comes.
 >
 >I'll bet many coffee drinkers and home roasters are like that. If it was
 >easy to do, we'd do it, because we do care.
 >
 >Could Sweet Marias possibly add one or more checkboxes or something to the
 >shopping cart order form to make a donation happen automatically with
 >every order? It would be entirely optional, sort of like that checkbox on
 >tax return forms that lets you donate to political campaigns. You could
 >choose the organization, like Coffee Kids, or put several checkboxes to
 >let each customer choose which organization would benefit.
 >
 >The donation would be something relative to the net order price, like 1 or
 >5 or 10%. Sweet Maria's could collect those donated funds until there's a
 >reasonable amount, like perhaps for a month, then forward them on to the
 >organization or organizations so designated.
 >
 >I don't know about tax deductibility - I suppose the customers would
 >sacrifice that, but the amounts would be trivial anyway. Sweet Maria's,
 >on the other hand, could pool the donations and the amount would be
 >greater so you could probably get a reasonable tax deduction from 
donating it.
 >
 >That way we, the customers, would be not only helping a charitable
 >organization like Coffee Kids, but also helping our favorite
 >businessfolks, Sweet Marias. It sounds like a win-win situation to me,
 >but I don't know how much trouble this would be for you folks to implement
 >and manage.
 >
 >Anyway, it's just a thought I got from reading Noel Hong's post.
 >
 >-- garyZ
 >
 >
 >>From: "NOEL HONG" 
 >>To: homeroast
 >>
 >>This is a little off topic. But for those of you that have any concern about
 >>our sources of green beans read on. As home roasters we are all benefiting
 >>from the depressed price of green coffee beans. Currently we have a wide
 >>selection of coffee beans from all over the world. With the small coffee
 >>farmer experiencing an economic crisis how much longer will these sources
 >>exist? This is a "challenge" to the home roasting community. For every
 >>pound of green beans purchased donate a nickle, dime, quarter or buck to an
 >>organization that assists the farm families that work the coffee fields.
 >>Personally I've choosen CoffeeKids. The extra $1.00/# adds ~5 cents/cup.
 >>The speciality green coffee market may be a relatively small % of the world
 >>wide market. We may be a relatively small % of the speciality green coffee
 >>market. Our impact on the the coffee farming family can be significant.
 >>Noel V. Hong
 >>email: nhong32590
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