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September 9, 2011
-Dan Dyck

Winnipeg, Man. — The first ever Canadian shipment of fair trade coffee from Coffee for Peace – the Philippines based peace ministry of Mennonite Church Canada worker JoJi Pantoja – is now being offered on a first-taste basis to Mennonite Church congregations and their members.

Coffee for Peace (CFP) sells organically cultivated, Arabica coffee grown by small-scale Filipino farmers for fair-trade prices. Distribution has begun through Level Ground Trading Co. of Victoria, B.C., a fair trade organization “founded by four Canadian families for the purpose of improving the lives of disadvantaged producers through trade.”

Both the coffee and the CFP business model have been recognized as top tier. Level Ground Trading Co.’s Roastmaster, Josh del Sol, is an accredited Canadian barista judge who placed third in the 2010 Canadian Cup Tasters Championship. Del Sol rated CFP coffee 81.1 out of a possible 100 score. In addition, CFP’s business model recently won a first place award in the Philippines’ Business in Development Challenge under the category for businesses with an impact on the bottom of the (societal) pyramid.

Joji Pantoja, together with her husband Dann Pantoja, provides an extensive and growing Mennonite Church Canada supported peace ministry in Mindanao, Philippines, where Christians, Muslims, indigenous tribes people, and the Philippine’s own military have been embroiled for years in a land conflict.

A three minute ‘from field to cup’ video can be found at www.mennonitechurch.ca/tiny/1615.

Coffee for Peace beans will be roasted and packaged by Level Ground Trading Co. and sold on a first-come first-serve basis in 5 lb. cases only ($100/case). Each case contains ten, ½ lb. boxes. There are 200 cases available, and Level Ground will donate $10 from the sale of each case to Mennonite Church Canada. Originally, plans were to distribute the coffee through 10,000 Villages stores, but the initial “micro-lot” harvest was too small to meet volume requirements.

Level Ground recommends ordering whole beans to “enjoy the quality and freshness of the coffee at its optimum.” Due to the limited supply of this coffee, and to preserve freshness, orders will be batched and run together each time sufficient orders have been received. To order a case of whole beans or a case of ground coffee, go to www.levelground.com/philippines/ or call 1-888-565-6633.