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    CoffeeSnobs FairCrack - Tanzania Farmstay

    March 2012 goes down in FairCrack history as one of the biggest projects that we have ever taken on.

    How would you like to 4 days on one of the best coffee estates in Tanzania and get to see the whole process from tree to cup?

    I know I want to!

    Through Bente at Machare Estate and via FairCrack funds we have commisioned local TZ builders to construct 4 double guest houses on the farm.

    The idea is that the FairCrack money will provide the building costs (which is being spent on labor and materials) , Marche have provided somewhere for us to build (no charge) and 20% of all future farmstay accomodation charges will go directly to the villages on Kilmanjaro... forever!

    This provides an ongoing income stream for the villages and an amazing holiday option for coffee people that would love to go to origin and have the resources of multilingual Bente and Ralph to show them the ropes.

    Construction has started, below are (LOTS!) of pictures and Ill add more to the thread as they happen.

    Well done CoffeeSnobs everywhere!
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    Foundation and brickwork...










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    Walls are getting higher!










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    Really looking like something now..










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    Starting on the roof...










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    High work permit?











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    At the same time work has begun on the 2nd guest house.











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    Foundations are in...






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    So that brings us up to date.

    They guys are working hard and the results look amazing so far.

    Before everyone asks "where do I book" and "how long should I stay"... Details of the farmstay packages will come in time.

    Bente is currently thinking that a 4 day stay would be about the right length of time to see everything on the farm and maybe get a trip in to see one of the villages that FairCrack put water or a pulper into.

    I also expect that CSs will be able to lend a hand at something while there... coffee farm chores would be fun!

    There are a lot of details to work out and still a fair amount of construction before they are ready but now the thread is up here everyone can enjoy the progress.
    8-)

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    Re: CoffeeSnobs FairCrack - Tanzania Farmstay

    That is very cool Andy.
    Well done to all concerned.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 050217010C1A3C525A5A5A630 link=1333460508/9#9 date=1333463050
    Well done to all concerned.
    ...of course thats well done to you too Fatboy.
    Stand proud CSrs everywhere!
    :)

    That little bit of FairCrack on every order is adding up to some amazing projects on the ground and real long term returns for farmers.

    Even if occupation is low on the farmstay its still a great project as the building money goes directly into the micro economy on the mountain, future visitors will also eat, drink and get transport as well as the potential of people picking up local made produce and craftwares while there.

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    Re: CoffeeSnobs FairCrack - Tanzania Farmstay

    Love your work Andy.

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    Re: CoffeeSnobs FairCrack - Tanzania Farmstay

    Here are some more progress pictures...








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    Building at this time of year is a struggle with the wet. The rain arrived before the roof was finished so they will wait till it dries before finishing it off.

    Making some great progress though!






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    Oh man, I love this!

    I want to go.

    I want to support this some more.

    Its time to log onto the Bean Bay and buy some FairCrack contributions direct! :)

    Greg

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    Re: CoffeeSnobs FairCrack - Tanzania Farmstay

    amazing concept in what looks to be an amazing setting

    yet another fantastic idea from everyone involved

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    Here are some update pictures, things are moving along nicely.
    8-)








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    Re: CoffeeSnobs FairCrack - Tanzania Farmstay

    and some more...






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    Re: CoffeeSnobs FairCrack - Tanzania Farmstay

    Looking great Andy - thanks for the updates!

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    I heard from Bente that they have had 1000mm of rain in the last 5 weeks
    :o :o :o
    This is the wet season but that is seriously wet!

    Due to the weather the progress is slow but the site is on a hill so at least the water runs away.
    :)

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    AWESOME, Brother! ;D ;D ;D

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    I want to move in. These are looking excellent!

    The rain has eased off and the building is chugging along.

    The sparkie is running the wiring through the roof. Ive heard from Bente in the past that the power at the farm is often dubious with random blackouts so they need to run a generator a few times a week.












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    Re: CoffeeSnobs FairCrack - Tanzania Farmstay

    more...










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    They are really coming together now...










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    Looks like it is coming together. It could operate like wwoofing, stay on the farm and work for 6 hours or so a day in the season to learn about the coffee. And if we can make it to Tanzania, we can pay a bit for the accommodation too. Great work.

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    Fantastic idea. Love to participate!

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    Bente sent though some pictures of the Jacaranda tree in flower with a great backdrop.

    While building slowed down for the weather the houses are coming along nicely, they just got glass for the windows and since these pictures taken they have been painted.

    Construction has started on the floors and they should be ready in the new year!
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    Totally awesome Andy!! Faircrack is a really inspiring program. The way that whole communities are involved is awesome.
    With all the projects; pulpers, water, blankets and the farmstay accommodation it's evident that generating a broad
    local economy will benefit the whole community, not just the coffee farmers, therefore benefiting and strengthening everyone. From health to education and longterm economic viability, everyone wins.
    How easy would it have been to just purchase cheap blankets (made you know where) and hand them out or to have transported prefab buildings onto the sites?
    This is really good work and I am personally proud of what we do as a coffee consuming community.......... making a real difference and bringing the whole coffee culture,
    from farmers to consumers, together as one.
    Perhaps one of the next steps to take (beyond the scope of just CS and Faircrack) is to value coffee more realistically and not from a one sided, greedy, western consumer point of view. I've never trusted Fairtrade coffee values and after reading the essay on Wikipedia called 'The debate about Fairtrade Coffee' I'm even less convinced.
    Congratulations Andy on having the foresight, the leadership and the determination to bring such an idea into reality.
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    They must be close?

    The setting looks very beautiful

    how far off do you estimate?

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    You don't estimate in Africa and Andy won't answer... "are we there yet" questions ;-)
    I post the detail up when I get it and when I can (ergo another 3am post)

    The setting is stunning and getting more so all the time. These will be a very special place for coffee lovers the world over to get on a real farm and see it first hand.

    Floor and walls are nearly finished, one room has bathroom fittings.

    Bente also tells me:

    "The 6 beds are in the making, but we have run out of wood for the sides. Finding wood is not easy right now and we just finished the houses last minute before our wood shortage."

    The garden is also getting planted but will tke a year to look its best.


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    ..and a great panorama shot that Bente has put together...

    I look forward to hearing from the first CS'r to go there, looks amazing.

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    Looks amazing indeed Andy! What an incredible project! Well done Snobs. Well done!


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    those area really looking the business now, amazing what can be achieved when people band together and put their minds to it

    well done to all involved, just wish I could get over there myself and check them out when theyre done

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    That's an amazing project and a huge achievement for CS! You've come a long way Andy!

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    Hi,

    I am travelling to Tanzania and Uganda from December to Feb..doing the tourist thing and climbing Kilimanjaro. Just wondering where some of the Faircrack projects are and if it is possible to visit them and perhaps contribute to them.

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    Here's the coordinates to some of the early projects: CoffeeSnobs FairCrack 1st project, 2nd Village

    We'll have to ask Andy to post an updated map of all the sites.


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    Quote Originally Posted by kmcgreg View Post
    Hi,

    I am travelling to Tanzania and Uganda from December to Feb..doing the tourist thing and climbing Kilimanjaro. Just wondering where some of the Faircrack projects are and if it is possible to visit them and perhaps contribute to them.
    Your timing will be good... you should be able to stay in the above accommodation as it will certainly be ready by then as the finishing touches are happening now. More details will obviously be posted here on Coffee Snobs as they come to hand.

    On a personal note, I'm jealous!
    (you will have take LOTS of pictures to share with the rest of us)

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    You can get more details on the CoffeeSnobs accommodation packages in the new Machare Farmstay thread:
    CoffeeSnobs FairCrack - Machare Estate Farmstay and Coffee Experience

    MachareCoffeeFarmstay4.jpg MachareCoffeeFarmstay5.jpg MachareCoffeeFarmstay6.jpg

    Well done CoffeeSnobs everywhere, another amazing project happens!

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    Congratulations Andy, Bente and Ralph.

    Fantastic, visionary concept, awesome delivery.
    Dreams do come true.................... now to work on mine ;-D

    Faircrack notches up another win!!

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    Congrats Andy! These look fabulous and I definitely look forward to stay in them.

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    Another amazing project happens indeed there Andy!

    A huge hand to Andy and Bente for dreaming up this project and bringing it to fruition and of course to all the CoffeeSnobs everywhere who made this project possible!


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    What a brilliant concept and it coming into fruition, congratulations to all involved in this wonderful project.

    huge accolades

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