Daniel: So, David (of the Creating Alternative Fair Enterprise group, or CAFE) couldn’t make it, huh?
Cathie: He was in Chiapas for a while
Daniel: One of the main purposes of his trip was to research how coffee is grown, to talk to the grower. He researched the places where Starbucks gets their coffee…they advertise, even though the coffee isn’t fair trade, that they have a code, where the workers harvesting Starbuck coffee are treated “fairly,” even though it isn’t certified “Fair Trade.”
Elizabeth: Are the farms owned by Starbucks?
Daniel : They buy the coffee from independent farms, but the company has “taken over” certain areas, and (to placate customers, with a promise that the company) “monitors” conditions on the farms. So, it becomes “Starbucks” fair trade. And it diminishes “fair trade” standards.
Cathie: We had recently gone to Guatemala, to a coffee growing area. I wonder (what came from David’s trip)
Daniel: There’s another CAFE meeting next week
Lynn: Yeah, but it’s on the wrong side of the border…The only thing I go across for, is chocolate.
Mar: You should try Sanborn’s. They have chocolate-not the Sanborn’s kind, but the Swiss kind.
Lynn: Thank you for inviting us, Elizabeth. This has all been worthwhile.
Cathie: Now he knows where to buy imported Chocolate from CLEAR on the other side of the world!
Lynn: Chocolate (cocoa) that (could potentially be) grown in México…(which is) shipped to Switzerland, and, then sent back to Sanborn’s…