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Topic: *tonight* Frontline story about coffee (3 msgs / 86 lines)
1) From: Lee XOC
I meant to post this much earlier, only time now for Mountain and
Pacific time zones to catch it, but tonight's Frontline World, which
should be on your local PBS station at 9PM local time, will have a
segment about coffee!
From the website:
"As a worldwide glut of coffee beans forces Central American farmers and
their families off their land, FRONTLINE/World's Sam Quiñones follows a
group of gourmet coffee importers who advocate "fair trade" as a partial
solution to the crisis. He meets tasters, buyers and indigenous farmers
in remote coffee-growing regions."
See:http://www.pbs.org/frontlineworld/stories/guatemala.mexico/index.html- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Lee / San Diego
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2) From: Oaxaca Charlie
 That was a pretty good segment, considering. One thing Sam
Quinones got wrong was his impression that the growers in
Guatamala and Oaxaca don't drink coffee themselves. Actually,
most of them drink several large bowlfulls of coffee every day
from the time they're 2 years old. They just don't brew it very
strong, don't drink it during day time, and don't save the best
stuff for home use because high grade beans are worth at least
some money. I do that same funny show and tell with the FR and
the french press when meeting with co-ops-just wish I could sign
big checks and save the day like the Green Mountain buyer. 
  Charlie
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3) From: Lee XOC
< Oaxaca Charlie
< Sent: Thursday, 22 May, 2003 10:05 PM
<
<  That was a pretty good segment, considering. One thing Sam
< Quinones got wrong was his impression that the growers in
< Guatamala and Oaxaca don't drink coffee themselves. Actually,
< most of them drink several large bowlfulls of coffee every day
< from the time they're 2 years old. They just don't brew it very
< strong, don't drink it during day time, and don't save the best
< stuff for home use because high grade beans are worth at least
< some money. I do that same funny show and tell with the FR and
< the french press when meeting with co-ops-just wish I could sign
< big checks and save the day like the Green Mountain buyer.
I was blown away by the situation in Guatemala.  It's still not clear to
me what changed that, at one time, there was a market which supported
all these estates which are now abandoned, overgrown, or barely
surviving.
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Lee / San Diego
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