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Thread: Vanuatu Tanna Island - Disaster Fundraiser.

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    Vanuatu Tanna Island - Disaster Fundraiser.

    For those who are not aware: Daily Coffee News by Roast Magazine – Cyclone Pam’s Horrible Destruction of Lives and Coffee On Tanna Island, Vanuatu

    I thought it made sense to buy some of this great coffee from Andy and donate the proceeds to one of the fundraisers. A token contribution, but it's something...
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    Yeah, the poor buggers...

    The place looks absolutely decimated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Talk_Coffee View Post
    For those who are not aware: Daily Coffee News by Roast Magazine – Cyclone Pam’s Horrible Destruction of Lives and Coffee On Tanna Island, Vanuatu

    I thought it made sense to buy some of this great coffee from Andy and donate the proceeds to one of the fundraisers. A token contribution, but it's something...
    That's a very generous offer Chris and an excellent idea.

    CoffeeSnobs will happily shout 20kg of Vanuatu Tanna Island greens and Talk Coffee can roast 'em up, bag them and get them out to those that want to support this great initiative.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy View Post
    That's a very generous offer Chris and an excellent idea.

    CoffeeSnobs will happily shout 20kg of Vanuatu Tanna Island greens and Talk Coffee can roast 'em up, bag them and get them out to those that want to support this great initiative.

    That's awesome Andy. Thanks!

    For CS'ers only, if you buy 2 bags, freight will be on the house. Just use cycpam as your discount code at checkout and I'll do the rest.

    Cheers

    Chris
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    I'm really not a fan of Facebook but many people on the internet use nothing else.

    Mike Pole (in NZ) is doing a great job of keeping people updated via the Tanna Island Coffee Project Facebook page:
    https://www.facebook.com/tannaislandcoffee
    I see on the page that Mike hasn't had contact with Rex (our guy on the ground for the FairCrack project) yet but am hopeful he is healthy and is just digging-in to help others.

    I also heard today that some of the black plastic rolls that FairCrack provided to Tanna have just been redeployed to the locals as supplies of everything are very limited on the ground.

    The place is a real mess and recovery will take a long time, please do what you can to help out as typically our local media forgets about this stuff a couple of days after the event but the impact on the locals will be years. Buy some of Talk Coffee's roasted beans, donate direct to one of the charities on the ground or just promote the cause to your group of friends, family and workmates.
    Every little bit helps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy View Post
    I'm really not a fan of Facebook but many people on the internet use nothing else.

    Mike Pole (in NZ) is doing a great job of keeping people updated via the Tanna Island Coffee Project Facebook page:
    https://www.facebook.com/tannaislandcoffee
    I see on the page that Mike hasn't had contact with Rex (our guy on the ground for the FairCrack project) yet but am hopeful he is healthy and is just digging-in to help others.

    I also heard today that some of the black plastic rolls that FairCrack provided to Tanna have just been redeployed to the locals as supplies of everything are very limited on the ground.

    The place is a real mess and recovery will take a long time, please do what you can to help out as typically our local media forgets about this stuff a couple of days after the event but the impact on the locals will be years. Buy some of Talk Coffee's roasted beans, donate direct to one of the charities on the ground or just promote the cause to your group of friends, family and workmates.
    Every little bit helps.
    It's good to see that aid is starting arrive for those who need it. I mirror Andy's suggestions. Whatever we can all do to help will make a difference.

    We roasted all of the greens today and have already shipped over half of it. CS'ers who placed orders will have shipping confirmation and tracking.

    If anyone would like to grab some, it's on sale here. Buy 2 packs- one for a friend- and use cycpam as your discount code at checkout for postage on me.

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    I would also buy some green beans, but I think its no free postage to sweden. anyway the idea behind is very good.

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    I love your idea so much Chris I just copied it and have put a fundraiser in BeanBay (green and brown)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy View Post
    I love your idea so much Chris I just copied it and have put a fundraiser in BeanBay (green and brown)
    How good is that!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Talk_Coffee View Post
    It's good to see that aid is starting arrive for those who need it. I mirror Andy's suggestions. Whatever we can all do to help will make a difference.

    We roasted all of the greens today and have already shipped over half of it. CS'ers who placed orders will have shipping confirmation and tracking.

    If anyone would like to grab some, it's on sale here. Buy 2 packs- one for a friend- and use cycpam as your discount code at checkout for postage on me.

    Chris
    Hey Chris,

    Thanks very much! I just received my two bags of Tanna Island coffee today - one for work and one for home. Great initiative from both you and Andy - it makes it really easy to help out!

    Cheers, Dave
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    Well done guys. Andy's mail arrived this morning, and I thought, "what a good idea!", and immediately bought some beans.

    Good thinking.

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    Good on ya Gonzo.
    ...they are already on their way to you too.

    Lots of CS'rs have grabbed some green or roasted Vanuatu and I'm sure our weekly total will be healthy and importantly very helpful on the ground.

    I'm always amazed how a small group of us in a corner of the Internet can do such great things as a community.
    Well done everyone!

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    I ordered some of the Tanna greenies from Andy yesterday and they arrived at my door at midday. Buy them up folks, itís in a good cause.

    Earlier in the week I made a donation to the Red Cross Vanuatu Cyclone Appeal, hoping that some of it will help our friends on Tanna Island.

    I read the website of the Jump Start Foundation based in Sydney.

    I read about them in a post by Chris.

    The school library they helped to build over the last few years on Tanna Island lost its roof during the cyclone, while some classrooms were flattened. They are raising funds to continue their work there.

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    Thanks to you fellas and a pile of other generous CS'rs who have also gotten into the spirit of paying a higher than normal price for a great cause... the grand total in the donation pot as of now is $2800

    You lot are going to send me broke

    We roasted and shipped a heap today and it should start arriving around the country tomorrow morning. The next and last roast day for the Tanna fundraiser is next Monday which should leave enough shipping days for it arrive before Easter.

    Enjoy!
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    Andy,

    Roasting the Tanna greens... I used my normal profile (which works for the CVGS and EGS), and it seemed to take ages for the colour to change. It was only just brown at first crack at 198C. Am I doing something wrong? Also there are no "tasting" notes on Beanbay to guide me.


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    We have sold out and CS'ers contributed towards a total of $1110 which is already working on Tanna.

    I also received an email from Heidi Denning who heads up Jump Start. I have added it to the product page for any who would like to read it.

    Heidi is on the ground and sent an update this morning...

    Thanks again for your support CS'ers.

    Chris
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    Quote Originally Posted by Talk_Coffee View Post
    We have sold out and CS'ers contributed towards a total of $1110 which is already working on Tanna.

    I also received an email from Heidi Denning who heads up Jump Start. I have added it to the product page for any who would like to read it.

    Heidi is on the ground and sent an update this morning...

    Thanks again for your support CS'ers.

    Chris
    Thanks again Chris and Andy for a fantastic initiative and such generosity. I noticed on Bean bay that Andy is also sold out of his Vanuatu stocks. Between the two of you it looks like you managed to raise around $5000, which i think is phenomenal. Thanks again for making it so easy to be a part of it!

    Cheers, Dave

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    It never ceases to amaze me, in a world that generally amazes me for all the wrong reasons, that the Coffee Snobs community and Talk Coffee show their hearts so readily and reach out to people like those in Vanuatu who need a handup.
    When I am out having a coffee I always take the opportunity to discuss their coffee and the Coffee Snobs beans that I am using at home (does that make me a coffee nerd?) Lots of these coffee shops know Coffee Snobs by their great reputation but few seem to know the extras like the Afghanistan project supporting our troops and now the Vanuatu initiative not to mention the Fair Crack Projects.
    At a time when our politicians generally make such a fuss about doing so little but talk, it is such a stark contrast to here in the Coffee Snobs community who seem able to do so much and say so little about it.
    I am sitting here having my third Coffee Snobs coffee of the day, thinking that it is a pretty good day and that our world is a better place due to the efforts of the Coffee Snobs community.
    Well done Andy, Chris and our community.
    John

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    John, I think that it is usually at a community level where the real things get done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy View Post
    Thanks to you fellas and a pile of other generous CS'rs who have also gotten into the spirit of paying a higher than normal price for a great cause... the grand total in the donation pot as of now is....
    ...A belated update...

    In total Coffee Snobs members raised $3700 to help those on the ground in Tanna.

    Via Rex we heard that the medium term needs on the island were seeds to replant their vegie gardens that were decimated in the storm. Mike Pole in New Zealand organised a container to ship there, Venture Exports in New Zealand sold us the seeds and this is the list of we purchased.


    50,000 Lettuce - Tropical $116.82
    500g Cabbage - KK Cross $569.25
    1500 Tomato - Heatmaster $132.00
    50kg Bean - Contender $472.02
    1.5kg Spring Oniion - Zeffa $228.09
    1.5kg Carrot - New Kuroda $166.32
    6kg Silverbeet - Compacta Slo-bolt MG $432.43
    100,000 Squash - Butter Waltham $625.98
    100,000 Cabbage- Pak Choi Green Stem $380.16
    50,000 Leek - Commando $72.86
    6,000 Zucchini - Black Mamba $324.72
    25,000 Broccoli - Green Beret $186.12

    Havana Coffee in New Zealand chipped in and bought $2000 of stuff to go in the container including buckets, rope, gloves, bags and importantly snail pellets!

    It's going to take some time and a lot of work on the ground but it's awesome to see that we can help them get back to being more self sufficient and they will be able to feed themselves in the future without reliance on imports or aid drops.

    Well done CS'rs everywhere!

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