Collaborating With Co-Ed

When Coffee Educators (Co-Ed) arrived last Wednesday they brought with them the first sunny day Pluma has seen in weeks.

Julz, Tagi and Amber have come from Lower Hutt in New Zealand to work alongside The Lucy Foundation (TLF) for a few weeks to learn more about the agricultural side of coffee farming and the processes of speciality coffee. “We also want to learn more about the heart of The Lucy Foundation, what the Mexico project involves and get to know more of the community they work with here in Pluma,” says Co’Ed Cafe on Queens Manager Julz Russ.

Other colabs TLF and Co-Ed hope to achieve include two three-day courses in Barista training skills; one for local people with disabilities and then another for teenagers that are gearing up to leave school. “There are limited options for a lot of teenagers and some need to work to assist their families. If they were able to get a good understanding of coffee and barista skills they could apply for café and restaurant work and have unique skill sets to offer the industry here in Oaxaca”, says TLF Field Director Jess Sanders.

On top of that, the crew are looking to build new tables and furniture for a café that TLF works closely with in the centre of Pluma Hidalgo. The Co-Ed team would also like to teach basic LSM (Mexican sign language) to Ryan and Jess Sanders (TLF Field Directors) and some of the family members involved in the Mexico project. This will help with communication for workshops and general relationship building with the families.

Follow our journey with Co-Ed over the next few weeks by following their Facebook page (Coffee Educators Origin Stories) and see what the crew learn and achieve during their time in Mexico with The Lucy Foundation!


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May the coffee plants be healthy and happy! In last week's workshop the team spread compost around the plants with the help of Don Bernardino's family. This is to improve the health of the plants.

Qué las matas de café sean sanas y felices! En el taller de la semana pasada el equipo incorporaron bocashi (composta) a las matas con la familia de don Bernardino. Esto es para mejorar la salud de las plantas.

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Pepe, Erminio and Juan sorted the green beans leftover from the shipment to Aotearoa New Zealand and roasted them, each taking a bag of coffee home to enjoy.

Pepe, Erminio, y Juan seleccionaron los granos verdes que sobraron y los tostaron, llevándose una bolsa de café para disfrutar en casa.

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3 weeks ago

The Lucy Foundation

It's International Coffee Day! A day for all coffee lovers to reflect on all the aroha that goes in to one little cup. But there's a problem, coffee prices are at a historical low and many coffee farmers are struggling.

The International Coffee Organisation is calling on people to sign a #coffeepledge that calls for a living wage for coffee farmers.

You can find out more about the coffee crisis and sign the pledge here: www.internationalcoffeeday.org/

¡Hoy es el Día Internacional del Café! Un día para que todos los amantes del café piensen en todo el amor que llena cada taza del café. Pero hay un problema, los precios del café están en un nivel más bajo que nunca, y muchos caficultores están luchando.

La Organización Internacional del Café pide a la gente que firme un #coffeepledge que exija un salario digno para los caficultores.

Puedes enterarte más sobre la crisis del café y firmar el compromiso aquí:
www.internationalcoffeeday.org/

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3 weeks ago

The Lucy Foundation

As young people and their allies strike for climate change around the world, we thought we'd share a flashback Friday...

"Because respect for Papatūānuku is at the heart of what we do at TLF, the team in Pluma Hidalgo recently held an inclusive community workshop on medicinal plants. Sofía Díaz Hernandez taught everyone how to identify local plants and use them to make a balm for aches.

Como respetar a la Madre Tierra es tan importante para nosotros, el equipo de Pluma Hidalgo recientemente llevó a cabo un taller comunitario inclusivo sobre plantas medicinales. Sofía Díaz Hernández enseñó a todos cómo identificar las plantas locales y usarlas para hacer una pomada para dolores musculares."

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