Thursday, August 21

Happy Monday: Mirembe Kawomera



Now, as most of you know I have two great liquid loves in my life – vodka and coffee. I’m also something of a small time activist in my own way. So I’m kicking myself that it took an article in Oprah’s magazine to introduce me to Mirembe Kawomera, or Delicious Peace Coffee. HOW did I not know about this???

In case you, like me, were unaware of this amazing co-op let me share their story with you:





“Mirembe Kawomera Coffee began with one man’s dream. In 2003, JJ Keki, a Ugandan coffee farmer, walked door to door asking his Jewish, Christian, and Muslim
neighbors to put aside old differences and come together. Their community of third and fourth generation coffee farmers was struggling to make a living off the low prices offered by the local market. With the assistance of Laura Wetzler from the US-based organization Kulanu, these Jewish, Christian and Muslim farmers formed a cooperative to build lasting prosperity in their villages and to spread a message of peace throughout the world. They named their coffee Mirembe Kawomera, which means, “Delicious Peace” in the Luganda language.



Now in 2008, the Peace Kawomera Cooperative has grown to over 750 members. Thanks to their collective effort, the farmers sell directly to Thanksgiving Coffee Company, and receive prices four times higher than what they were previously paid. This has enabled farmers to send their children to school, start savings accounts, and reinvest in their farms.” – from Mirembe Kawomera.com

They’ve got light, dark and decaf coffee you can order online in whole bean, drip, french press, percolator and espresso AND it’s only 10.50 for 12 oz. OK, so that might be a little more than I’m paying for my Folgers BUT a hell of a lot less than I’m paying at Starbucks, so I’m in. (They also have gift baskets which would make great gift from a minion to a G…) I’ve also signed up for the newsletter and added the Mirembe Kawomera blog to my reading list so I’ll keep you guys caught up.



Most people look at major problems and say ‘it’s too big’ or ‘what can I do’? JJ said, ‘What do I have? I have coffee’, and set out to change his little corner of the world.


I think we should help him do it. I hope you’ll be inspired by him not only to buy, but also to ask yourself, ‘What do I have?’.

9 Comments:

NoRegrets said...

I love that this is happening in different parts of the world. Crops like coffee enable people to come together and make better lives for themselves through cooperatives. And it's great the world is becoming more socially conscious and buying it too!!!

slag said...

I like it! And if I were a big coffee drinker, I would buy it. But you're right, the "What do I have?" question is an important one. A lot of times, it feels like I have everything--except the knowledge of what to do with everything I have. It's always sumthin...

WNG said...

Me too NoR, as soon as I get my first bag I'll let you all know how it tastes!

And once again Slag hits it right on the head! We all have something we can use to help, we just have to figure out what it is.
How people get through teh day without coffee I will never understand, but since you do you might want to remember those who don't when the holiday season rolls around...
Hmm...post idea...

NoRegrets said...

OK< second try.

I got my sticker in the mail and a friend saw it and asked if the Obama campaign was handing them out. :-)

WNG said...

Can't respond...

can't...

stop...

laughing...



That is SO AWESOME!!!

NoRegrets said...

He was joking by the way, but yes, damn funny.

Big Man said...

I love how you follow through on stuff. It makes me do better.

The CEO said...

And the World
will be a better place
for you and me
just wait and see....


don't stop now, you're on a roll, I want the coffee review. I drink as much coffee as you.


you really made me happy today,
back to the song....

aoc gold said...

O wind , why do you never rest,

Wandering, whistling to and fro,

Bring rain out of the west,

From the dim north bringing snow?

~by wow powerleveling