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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That's a wrap! Thanks for sharing the coffee dream with us Co-Ed. Safe travels back to Aotearoa New Zealand - we can't wait to hear your stories, see your photos and share your videos. Watch this space, more coming soon. ... See MoreSee Less

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Friday feels: After days in the dark following the massive earthquake in Mexico, the power has been turned on just in time for the TLF and Co-Ed barista training! Wohoo!

Power permitting, they'll run 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.
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QUAKE UPDATE: When we met with the Coffee Educators Ltd crew a couple of months back to talk through the Pluma Hidalgo visit, we told them to expect power outages. We chuckled at the thought of trying to use sign language in the dark, while holding a torch in their mouths so they can see each other sign!

Little did we know, a massive earthquake would plunge Pluma into days without power, phone reception or water! Contact is still limited, but family members report some contact with the Sanders (Jessica Pantoja-Sanders), Amber Shaw, Julz Russ and Tagialofa Sefina Eneliko. There is no town water supply so they're collecting rain water from the roof. Unfortunately, without power there is no way to pump the water back into the tank. Apparently the Sanders managed to pay someone to use their inverter, so they could run it off their car battery and fill the tank back up with rain water. Despite the darkness, spirits are high and they're all enjoying screen free candlelit card games. Slips and cracks in the roads mean access is limited, and a few buildings have come down. But most have already been fixed up.

And perhaps our favourite report... Ebony Sanders (5) slept through the entire quake! Classic! <3 <3 <3 😴😴😴
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Morena! We just wanted to let you know we were finally able to touch base with TLF Field Director, Jessica Pantoja-Sanders, and the Coffee Educators Ltd crew in the night. They are shaken but safe following the 8.1 earthquake in Mexico.

Power remains out in Pluma and it sounds like there's a lot of structural and internal damage. But incredibly, no serious injuries. Phone data and battery is limited, so if they don't reply to your messages straight away, it's only because they're saving juice! They are now checking in with neighbours and friends to make sure they are ok too.

We'll keep you updated when we hear more. Thank you for all your concerns, messages, thoughts and prayers <3
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