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Thread: CoffeeSnobs FairCrack - 9 Eco Pulpers for Kilimanjaro.

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    CoffeeSnobs FairCrack - 9 Eco Pulpers for Kilimanjaro.

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    The original coffee cherry pulpers that FairCrack purchased for the villages on Kilimanjaro have been doing a great job but are requiring more and more maintenance from Bente's farm mechanic to keep them going.

    Today we have commissioned a coffee engineer in Kenya to build a total of 9 Eco Pulpers for existing and new villages.

    Mini_Eco_Pulper.jpg

    Andrea Lolli from Coffee Agriworks in Nairobi, Kenya will start construction on these this week and when they are ready we will transport them from Kenya to Tanzania (Bente's farm in Moshe) then onto Kilimanjaro.

    It will be excellent to have the same pulper in all the villages and easy to carry a range of spares to suit (drum, bearings, belts etc)

    As we get more pictures or info I'll post it in this thread.

    The FairCrack fund strikes again,
    Well done CoffeeSnobs everywhere!


    ## UPDATE Nov 2013 ##
    Bente sent this video...
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v0S60FZSEcQ

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    Bloody brilliant. Cannot believe the astounding results that are coming from the Faircrack initiative. Brilliant.

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    WooHoo!!! Yet another wonderful project thanks to all our supportive members!


    Java "Thanks for all the work Andy!" phile
    Toys! I must have new toys!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Javaphile View Post
    WooHoo!!! Yet another wonderful project thanks to all our supportive members!


    Java "Thanks for all the work Andy!" phile
    Yes, thanks Andy, Bente (and crew) and "Us" .

    It's been a while since we've seen any fruits of the Tanzanian coffee farmers' labours. Was 2012 a not so good year with low yield or was it a very good year and all the product was snaffled by other buyers? Looking forward to the next BeanBay consignment.

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    Brilliant stuff Andy.

    Relatively small bucks for massive change where it counts most.

    Makes me proud to be part of our community.

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    Top stuff, as always Andy...

    Terrific mate.

    Mal.

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    Yeah, it's easy to love what we are all doing with FairCrack and just how big an impact 50c a kilo can have.

    Something interesting happened with this one, the Kenyan government foreign exchange contacted me as they needed a copy of my passport to clear the funds. Seems that after a certain dollar amount (this was AU$15,335) they get nervous about money laundering and require internationals to prove who they are.

    So... if you start meeting Kenyans called "Andy Freeman" please let know
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy View Post
    So... if you start meeting Kenyans called "Andy Freeman" please let know


    Good one mate. Probably be hard to nail the Aussie accent though, but I'll be sure to steer you to them...

    Mal.

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    Here are a couple of pictures of the progress so far...

    KenyaPulperProgress1.JPG KenyaPulperProgress2.JPG

    Looking good!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy View Post
    Here are a couple of pictures of the progress so far...

    KenyaPulperProgress1.JPG KenyaPulperProgress2.JPG

    Looking good!
    Fantastic!

    I'm sure the impact on the village will be great, but I'm delighted to see a bunch of Africans doing some skilled work, I can't think of a better way to take some people out of poverty than to teach them a useful skill.

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    I'm not sure we are teaching anyone how to make these and they are well in front of a lot of engineering workshops I've worked with here but I get your point.

    Where possible we have sourced product on the ground to get a double impact with the FairCrack money (eg: blankets weaved in the same area that we distribute them to).

    Employing a regional engineering workshop to produce the pulpers makes sense, helps more than one economy and the circle of effect on the ground grows larger.
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    That's a nice restrained reply to a mind boggling, colonialist post :-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jonathon View Post
    ...but I'm delighted to see a bunch of Africans doing some skilled work...
    What the....!!!!???

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vinitasse View Post
    What the....!!!!???
    I agree it wasn't a good choice of words when quoted selectively but I think Jonathan explained himself pretty well in the last sentence.

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    It's hilarious how people pick up different meanings from written text. I'm a fairly relaxed person so I choose to smile at such responses rather than react in a different way.

    Firstly, as I'm originally Irish (as well as now Australian) I can assure you I'm not colonial in any way.

    Secondly, I have been to Africa on multiple occasions, including several trips to Kenya, so I have some experience of life on the ground there. I've probably spent 3 months in Africa all up.

    Finally, I genuinely think it's fantastic that we've contributed to a small engineering company in Africa, rather than buying goods that were manufactured elsewhere.

    The old parable of teaching a man to fish is very important to me. Notwithstanding the undoubted existing skills that the engineering firm would have, I'm sure contracts like this enable them to train up another kid, and I feel great that I've contributed to this, albeit in a very small way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jonathon View Post
    Firstly, as I'm originally Irish (as well as now Australian) I can assure you I'm not colonial in any way.
    An Australian of Irish background? I'm afraid that makes you a 'convict' like the rest of us

    Good response!

    Flynn (with some Irish blood in there somewhere along with English and Spanish)

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    Quote Originally Posted by flynnaus View Post
    An Australian of Irish background?

    Flynn (with some Irish blood in there somewhere along with English and Spanish)
    And I'm a Flynn too. (On Mother's side)

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    There comes a point at which you can probably say that something is, objectively, patronising as all hell.

    Saying that "Africans" doing skilled work is unusual enough to warrant specific comment is pretty close...

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    My nickname isn't related to my part-Irish heritage. It was a school yard nickname and not attributable to any 'prowess' of my Tasmanian namesake unfortunately.

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    I love this faircrack incentive. Actually putting products in Co-operatives/ farmers hands is far more beneficial than any of the other fair trade programs I have seen. They just spend their majority on marketing and trying to make attention. This faircrack idea bypasses so many greedy hands!
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    Bente just sent this video of the pulpers that FairCrack purchased in June.

    Grab yourself a cup of Tanzanian coffee, put your feet up and watch this 15 minute clip.

    CoffeeSnobs FairCrack - 9 Pulpers for 9 villages on Kilimanjaro - YouTube

    Thank-you Bente for the amazing job you do on the ground, we could never help like this without you.

    Well done CoffeeSnobs everywhere!

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    Good stuff, really really enjoying the Tanzanian beans!

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    Awesome Andy, what's also really amazing is there isn't a corporate CS car, computer, office or any other money guzzling
    bits 'n pieces of 'administrative' bling.
    Just 9 new machines and a stack of very happy and friendly looking people.

    You and your family should be very proud.
    The whole Faircrack project happens through your inspiration, compassion, humility and leadership.

    I wish there was a way we could sponsor you to visit and meet these wonderful people.

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    Yeah, I love that we CoffeeSnobs everywhere and Bente can make this happen without any admin overheads.

    Sponsor a visit? Nice thought, thanks but no thanks. I'll get there one day (retirement maybe), at the moment I'm happier that we are doing good things and look forward to seeing the next project come together.

    My only complaint is that a "funny cat video" can get a million hits on YouTube and something like FairCrack struggles to get a couple of hundred. I wish good stuff would go viral... the world could be a better place if more companies followed this model and created their own FairCrack to give something back. Can you imagine what Kelloggs could do with 50c a packet of cereal or even Lion Nathan with 50c a slab a beer or Coca cola pooled two cents for every can of coke sold?

    It's time that responsible companies big, small and micro pulled their fingers out and told their shareholders "This is what's going to happen and it won't cost you enough to notice".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy View Post
    My only complaint is that a "funny cat video" can get a million hits on YouTube and something like FairCrack struggles to get a couple of hundred. I wish good stuff would go viral... the world could be a better place if more companies followed this model and created their own FairCrack to give something back.
    Well if you can't beat 'em.......I'd be happy to buy Bente a cat.......or two?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barry O'Speedwagon View Post
    Well if you can't beat 'em.......I'd be happy to buy Bente a cat.......or two?
    I hope you aren't thinking civet cat a la kopi luwak


    I wish good stuff would go viral...
    It certainly deserves it but I doubt google or youtube would get many search requests for info about pulpers on coffee farms in Tanzania.

    more companies followed this model
    Large companies do such as the "pink" sponsorship deal. Unfortunately we can't be sure all the money promised actually makes it to the charities they claim to support.

    This faircrack idea bypasses so many greedy hands!
    True but we also need to know that Faircrack is a small scale operation. Think of the logistics of running large scale charities like the Red Cross. These would require large numbers of full time employees hence high admin costs. It is the people who operate at the top of the hierarchies of these charitable organisations that we most suspect of rorting but I wouldn't assume that such people all are being paid exorbitant sums for work they don't really perform.
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