Delicious Peace

Need a fresh cuppa Joe? Think about ordering some Mirembe Kawomera Ugandan coffee next time you stock up.

Mirembe Kawomera (mir´em bay cow o mare´a) means "delicious peace" in the Ugandan language Luganda. It is the name of a Ugandan cooperative of Jewish, Muslim, and Christian coffee farmers.

The farmers of the Mirembe Kawomera Cooperative are a courageous example of people of faith working together for peace, tolerance, and economic justice.

Thanks to the good folks at Thanksgiving Coffee (who have been doing the whole fair trade thing forever) we can get the product of this co-op's toil right here in the USofA. And lest you suspect your pruchase might only line the pockets of fat Americans:

On October 1st Thanksgiving Coffee wired $2,500 to the co-op's bank account in Uganda. This is an advance on future rebates from sales of Mirembe Kawomera Coffee, and will enable a dramatic expansion in coffee production this year in Uganda.

That money is being used to purchase hand-cranked coffee pulping machines, of which the co-op has only had one to date, thus limiting their production capabilities.