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Topic: charlie rant: WAS Good Coffe on Christmas! (47 lines)
1) From: Oaxaca Charlie
--- dewardh  wrote:
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 Paying extra for the best quality beans from Sweet Marias is
already doing something. Spreading the word, sharing the good
stuff so it's more than just words... Hierloom apples and
tomatoes, potatoes and corn are clinging to existance because
enough consumers are willing to support the farmers willing to
keep saving the seeds (or grafts)and grow them year after year,
despite the same pressures that are pushing hierloom coffees
into the realm of myth and legend.  As Canada's smallest coffee
importer (by far) my special orders won't stem the tide at all.
Sweet Marias is only starting to be a small force in the market,
but sure is picking up some momentiom, eh? I noticed that a
certain "organic and fairtrade" certified coop in Oaxaca was
busy harvesting well maintained plantings while many of the
region's growers were waiting for some govt loans just to start
picking. They never even weeded or pruned this year and overipe
cherries were already turning black on the trees. Even the most
established estate farms (fincas) are just going through the
motions with minimal care for high quality because they've been
losing money for 5 years straight and have borrowed against
everything they still own. The news from Central America and
Africa is even more bleak. At least the old varieties are very
hardy. It's the full sun, technified hybrids that need constant
weeding, watering and fertilizer just to stay alive.Lots have
died the last few years. They can only be maintained by the
highly capitalized agrobiz firms that are cranking out the crap
that's driven the price so low that even they're getting ready
to go bankrupt. The"C" market has to be seperated into "
specialty" and "commodity"" grade coffee by next year at the
latest with educated comsumers(that's us) ready to cry "foul" at
attempts to confuse the two. 
Finally, condolences on the loss of your parents, Deward. That's
a tough blow to bear. Keep on cuppin'
Charlie
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