Bower Hill – Fair Trade Coffee Program
Fair Trade Coffee
Bower Hill members have the opportunity to purchase fair trade coffee. This coffee allows farmers to be able to sell coffee at a price where they can make a profit. This is a program sponsored by the Presbyterian church. Below are more details on the program. Contact Jim McAnulty for information.
For those who have been enjoying Café Salvador this year (and for those who have yet to experience this wonderful brew) we thought you’d like to know something about the people whose lives you touch each time you purchase a bag ( or two or more!).
APECAFE, Association de Pequeños Productores de Café de El Salvador (The Association of Small Coffee Producers of El Salvador) is an organization that represents 11 coffee cooperatives located in different regions of El Salvador. APECAFE was founded in 1997 with the goal of uniting the cooperatives’ 539 small-scale coffee farmers to produce and export their coffee to the international market. APECAFE works with the cooperatives to resolve other problems facing their communities, such as the task of reconstruction following the series of earthquakes in 2001 that destroyed much of the housing and infrastructure of the coops. In addition to earthquake relief and housing reconstruction, Fair Trade premiums have helped improve the school infrastructure, hire additional teachers, and purchase school supplies. Today, the cooperative has been able to expand the school from 1st and 2nd grades up to 7th grade. Equal Exchange purchases beans for Café Salvador directly from APECAFE to ensure that farmers receive a fair price for their labors.
You can purchase Café Salvador regular coffee, Columbian decaf, and now English Breakfast and Green teas the second Sunday of each month in the Friendship Lounge between services and after the second service. Coffee is $7.00 for a 12 ounce bag. Tea is $3.00 for a 25 bag box.
“Thanks to God and Equal Exchange, we will not die of hunger, we will not lose our land, and our children are able to attend school. I want to thank all of the people that purchase our coffee. It is thanks to you that we have a seed of hope in our lives.”– José Luis Castillo Vásquez, Las Colinas