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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And the sorting begins....

Each family is paid by the weight of the coffee they sort, meaning they can take as much or as little time as needed. Some family members are fast, some family members are slower, but when they work together they get it done!

"Today we started selecting the coffee. Pepe, Juan and Doña Victoria helped us, carefully inspecting each grain with love and joy. These meetings are where we learn and talk, and where everyone shares their story of the day." - Cata

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Do you have a laptop you no longer want or need? In a few weeks Ryan Sanders will be returning to Mexico, and we want to send a laptop with him to give to Cata and the crew. At the moment they are using a phone for all their updates, research, budgets, and admin. A laptop would make such a difference!

If you can help, flick us an email on [email protected]

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2 weeks ago

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The next step of our process is to weigh and allocate 'gold coffee' to each family we partner with. A key aspect of our business model is ensuring people with and without disabilities have the opportunity to work together on shared tasks such as sorting coffee - we believe this is one of the best ways to dismantle ableist attitudes.

Of course, delivering bags of gold coffee around the village is thirsty work, so the team stopped by our friend Rosie's cafe - La boveda del cafe pluma hidalgo - for a coffee when they were done!

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2 weeks ago

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While us Kiwis have spent the summer enjoying 2019's Pluma coffee, over in Mexico a fresh crop of coffee cherries has been picked and dried, and is now being processed by the disabled people we employ, together with their families. Over the next couple of weeks the team wants share their process with us using photos.

First step: remove the outer husk from the coffee seed. "The retrilla process is where a special machine removes the parchment to free the seed or kernel, resulting in 'gold coffee'. Our team will then sort through the gold coffee to select the best beans for shipment to New Zealand. In these pictures you can see Juanito placing the parchment into the retrilla machine, and showing you how gold coffee turns out after this process." - Cata

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