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Meet Colombian Banana Farmer Orlando

Meet Orlando, Leader of The Banana Farmers’ Association, And King Of Organic.   Even without a word of English, Orlando is one of the most hilarious people you will ever meet. His smile and laugh announce his presence everywhere he goes. Quick to make jokes, Orlando draws people near: family, friends, and visitors. But don't let that fool you - Orlando is dead serious about one thing: organic farming. Orlando's success has allowed him to spread the impact throughout his family. His brothers, who were stuck working in coca production, called Orlando to ask for help. His response: to take them in...

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Meet Colombian Dragon Fruit Farmer Simon

Meet Simon, Leader of The Dragon Fruit Farmers Association. Simon and his wife Nancy live just outside of Pitalito, Colombia. It's a small town, even by Colombian standards. The trek to Simon's farm is incredible, the colours of each building flash by as you ride in the back of his truck.  As the leader of the dragon fruit farmers association, Simon's role is to bring the five farmers together. He builds capacity, amalgamates orders and takes care of the members. The five members of the association consist of himself, his brother Fernando, and three men who used to be labourers on Simon's land. 

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Meet Indian Green Tea Farmer Someswar

Green Tea Grower And Organic Champion. Someswar grows and processes tea for Level Ground's Green Tea. Remarkably, Someswar has been a Small Tea Grower since 1976. In fact, he was the first small tea grower registered in Assam! A small tea grower is someone who owns and operates a tea garden (like a sole proprietor) - often their garden is in their backyard or close to their home.

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Easy Ways to Make Better Coffee Now

A list of 8 easy practices you can adopt into your coffee preparation, process, and storage to quickly improve your coffee game! • Clean Your Equipment Don’t be afraid to really pull apart your machine and give it a deep clean. Whether it is a coffee pot, French press, or any other method, soap and water will do the trick. We recommend cleaning it frequently, as coffee oils can build up on your equipment and will impart unwanted flavours on your cup.

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Meet Colombian Coffee Farmer Jaime

Meet Jaime, the Face of Colombia Coffee. Jaime lives near Jardín, Colombia, where he grows coffee and fruits like lulo, a popular fruit among urban Colombians. His coffee plot is 2,000 meters above sea level, which makes his coffee a favourite among specialty coffee drinkers. At this high elevation the coffee ‘cherries’ ripen very slowly and the flavour concentrates in the beans. These are called "hard beans." Jaime's coffee also earns Direct Fair Trade premiums through the “Programa San Miguel” and his coffee is shipped to Level Ground directly. 

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Dried Fruit from a Vancouverite's perspective

The following is an excerpt from Jenn Co's article on her time visiting Fruandes. Find out what Jenn's experience was like at the Fruandes production warehouse as she helped out with preparing fresh mango to be dried and packaged dried fruit to be shipped. 

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