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  • CoffeeSnobs FairCrack – The first project.

    Its with great excitement I can announce that CoffeeSnobs FairCrack fund has just helped purchase some coffee processing equipment for the Kilimanjaro farming communities to use.

    Jill Adams from the Coffee Academy put me in touch with an amazing lady in Tanzania, Bente Luther-Medoch. *Bente and her husband Ralph Medoch in conjunction with Janet and Jeremy Lefroy took over a very run-down Machare coffee estate and in just 10 years have turned it into an one Tanzania’s great coffee estates. *

    The Machare estate was the first Utz Certified farm in Tanzania and it also has Rain Forrest Alliance (RFA) certification. *Not happy with just producing great coffee using good environmental and sustainable practices, Bente Luther-Medoch has coordinated and deployed small hydro-electric generators on the slopes of Kilimanjaro to provide power and proper irrigation for some of the villages. *It’s a great project and one that I thought we should help with so I enquired about it.

    Over the last month I have been communicating with Bente and she told me about the next local project that they hope to get off the ground. *In conjunction with the University of Agriculture and the local agricultural officers, Bente hopes to provide sustainability education and information to the small holder farmers and also install small communal use pulperies for their use.

    A coffee pulper would be installed in for each village and would be managed and maintained by the villagers themselves. *This would improve the quality of smallholder coffee considerably in the area by giving them direct access to processing equipment that they would be unlikely to install otherwise.

    Bente sourced two suitable pulping machines, one with a 600kg per hour throughput and a second larger one with 1200kg /hr capacity. *These will be installed in two villages on the Southern slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro and will allow the small holder farmers to take a far superior grade of coffee to market.

    FairCrack has very proudly purchased the two pulpers and provided some additional funds that will be used to buy two sets of weighing scales and fermentation tanks to suit. *100% of the donated funds have hit the ground at origin with 0% gobbled in management and administration fees (It can be done!) *

    (edit - the second pulper is going to go into Msuni.
    http://coffeesnobs.com.au/faircrack-...d-village.html

    Below is the picture of one of the pulpers that Bente sent through today, I’ll update the thread with any information that we get and hope that we can continue to support projects like this that really make a difference on the ground in Tanzania.

    Well done CoffeeSnobs, your next Tanzanian coffee might have a certain special sweetness that only you can taste!

    8-)

    Below image thanks to Bente Luther-Medoch the manager at the Machare Estate / Uru Estate in Moshi, Tanzania - www.macharecoffee.com


  • #2
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    That is very cool - well done all!!!

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    • #3
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      Good one Andy. Absolutely brilliant. I couldnt think of a better use of the fund you created. Cant wait for the first batch of CS-sponsored Tanzanian Machare to hit Bean Bay. Will that be a possibility?

      Machare website: http://www.macharecoffee.com/live/english.html

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      • #4
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        Absolutely fantastic! So exciting to see this happening

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        • #5
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          Thats great, exciting news Andy. Thankyou for all your work behind the scenes to make this happen. Youve made a dream become a reality.

          I think the smile on Bente and the other peoples faces says it all!

          Woo Hoo!

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          • #6
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            WOW! Thats so cool! Its really exciting to see!

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            • #7
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              Brilliant news, Andy. Congratulations on your efforts (and, of course, the efforts of Bente et al).

              Its exiting to be involved in a small way with such a positive project in such a beautiful part of the world.

              Greg

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              • #8
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                really great news.
                I love the fact that it is grass roots development, straight to source, and we have made such a difference to a group of people. The next step is to actually get some of the product

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                • #9
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                  Fantastic news! It is so good to hear that our Faircrack has gone to such a wonderful project!

                  Cant wait to see more pictures!

                  -Linda

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                  • #10
                    Re: CoffeeSnobs FairCrack – The first project.

                    Thats great news Andy.
                    Well done on finding something so worthy.
                    Its a fantastic effort on your part to bypass the dreaded "admin fees" monster.

                    Brett.

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                    • #11
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                      Yeah Brett, keeping the admin fee monster away certainly means more bang per buck.

                      Im really excited about it too, it "feels right" and its a privilege to work with someone like Bente who is so dedicated to improving the lives of her neighbours while managing two coffee farms as a day job... she is inspiring.

                      A couple of clarifications though (sorry if I painted the wrong picture)...

                      Bente isnt in the photo, I assume she is pressing the button on the camera.
                      The gent on the right is Shayo, co manager at Machare Estate.

                      The other one is that the Machare Estate and Uru Estate in Moshi, Tanzania are the coffee farms that Bente manages.  The actual pulpers will be going into two villages on Kilimanjaro where the local farmers (ie: no affiliation with the estates) can manage and use them to process their own crops.  

                      As for beans... Ralph is also an exporter so there is a small chance that we might get some beans one day from both the Estates and the small holder farmers but that isnt the primary focus at the moment as I doubt we can get a big enough order together to make it viable... but never say never!

                      Lending a financial hand on the ground is our main goal and if we can one day purchase product that will be a bonus!

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                      • #12
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                        Congrats on making this happen Andy and for digging your heels in to make sure that every cent got to those who deserved it.

                        I reckon a whole heap of CSer are very proud and walking with just a little extra spring in their steps today!  [smiley=tekst-toppie.gif]

                        Chris

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                        • #13
                          Re: CoffeeSnobs FairCrack – The first project.

                          From little things, big things grow as the song goes - great stuff Andy, stand proud mate

                          I feel proud of my little part in such a worthy project, and to know that funds are going fairly direct to the recipients, rather than being diluted by middle-man agencies.

                          Look forward to updates.

                          Bravo!

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                          • #14
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                            Well Done Andy

                            It is always special to help those who cannot pay you back. I think its called "Self Less"

                            You da man alright !!

                            Chris

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                            • #15
                              Re: CoffeeSnobs FairCrack – The first project.

                              Marvellous!

                              Im feeling all warm and fuzzy after reading that.

                              Well done Andy and everyone whos contributed.

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