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Kariderm shea butter personal care products
Arayuma bulk spices (nutmeg, cinnamon, black pepper, chili pepper)
Nature Clean heavy duty household cleaners (garbage bin deodoriser and cleaner; cleaner degreaser; stainless steel cleaner; carpet stain remover; calcium, lime, rust remover)
Camino 34g chocolate bars (caramel & peanuts; puffed rice & quinoa; hazelnut butter)
June Member Specials
Filsinger apple cider vinegar 1L -10%
Fourmi Bionique Granola 300g format -10%
Maison Orphée mustards and vinegars -10%
L'ancêtre Cheeses -10%
Fruit D'or cranberry juice 1L -10%
Gogo Quinoa Pasta -10%
If you care aluminium paper and waxed paper -10%
Other specials as indicated in store.
Message to Members
In the past 12-18 months, retail coffee prices have significantly increased. What's going on in
the coffee industry to generate such an increase ?
January 21, 2011:
A decade of malinvestment and roaster complacency is about to be put to the ultimate test
over the next 12 to 18 months.
I believe that coffee prices will never see $1.20/pound ever again. The current price rise, in
my even remotely close to an overpriced market.
For coffee producers the golden years are right in front of you and after years of living in
abject poverty, your time for great wealth and riches has finally arrived.
- "Coffee Prices are Still Historically Extremely Cheap" The Hackett Money Flow Report,
Hackett Financial Advisors Inc.
That's a quote that sums up pretty well the situation. And more precisely :
- Since March 2010, green coffee prices have increased by nearly 90% thanks to a 3rd
year of historical levels of low production in Colombia,
- productivity per hectare of coffee plantation over the last ten years has decreased by
at least 20-30%,
- Global demand is up by 2% and still rising,
- This imbalance between supply and demand has led to a feeding frenzy by
speculators, causing prices to rise even further.
Due to high market prices, which in fact approach by a few cents or even exceed what a farmer
would be paid by his coop in the Fair trade system, Fair Trade small producer coops are now
unable to prevent many of their members from selling their coffee to mainstream multinationals
(through the local coyotes-intermediaries), and as a result are unable to honour existing
contracts and repay debt. This amounts to an existential crisis for the small producer coops
that are the foundation of the Fair Trade system, as well as for the system itself.
Due to those same high prices, many small Fair Trade coffee roasters will soon be facing an
equivalent existential crisis.
What can we do?
1. We must be conscious that the current period of high prices will not last forever. History
shows that coffee, like other commodities, follows a "boom-and-bust" cycle. When
the bubble bursts, the producers will once again have to rely on the assurance of
the minimum price established inside the fair trade system through their coop. In the
meantime, we must pay a price to these co-ops that will enable their survival through this
2. Santropol, along with other roasters across the world, is working to make sure that the
fair trade minimum REALLY reflects what the producers need. And that the multinationals
"bite the bullet" and agree to a real, sustainable increase in prices paid to producers.
3. Fair trade is more than just a fair price: it is also meant to foster equitable, dignified
and mutually beneficial relationships between producers and consumers, and thereby
address crucial issues of global economic and social justice.
4. The bottom line is that, even in the Fair Trade system, coffee has been too cheap for too
long. As consumers, we tend to hate those high prices for a shot of caffeine. But in fact,
for the first time in many years, we are all paying the small farmer something approaching
the real production cost, Fair Trade or not. It's long overdue. Let's get used to it!
Team member of Santropol Coffee Roasters
Produce barter market
It happens every year. You've seeded or purchased your plants, put them in the earth, watched them grow. Flowers have turned to vegetables (or fruits) and you come to the stark realisation that you are stuck with too much food.
The coop is inviting all its backyard farmers to take part in a barter market on Saturday afternoons from 1pm to 5pm, in front of the coop, from mid-June onwards. Bring your recent crop and exchange fruits and veggies with others!
We invite you to donate all the produce that has not been exchanged to the NDG Food Depot.
Recipe book submissions
We're slowly working to compile entries for a Coop Cookbook. The staff has certainly been trading recipes using ingredients they got at work, but we'd love to get inspired by your favourites, too. We know many of you have been doing your weekly groceries at the coop, and certainly you have a few favourite recipes you?ve put together with ingredients you've found here... Send them to us, and we'll feature them in our upcoming newsletter. Those with the most positive feedback get to be included in the cookbook!
Artist of the month for June: Bruno Zinno, recycled cork deco art (brunozinno (at) gmail.com)
To sign up for an event, please call or visit the Co-op. Unless indicated, events are bilingual and free. For more information, visit our website.
Monday 13 June, 7:00PM to 9:00PM
(University of the Streets Café)
Call for submissions: University of the streets café Cover Art
The University of the Streets Café is now accepting submissions from visual artists for the cover design/illustration of its 2009-2010 print and electronic materials. DEADLINE: June 13! Please contact univcafe(at)concordia.ca for details.
Thursday 16 June, 7:00PM to 9:00PM
(Coop la Maison verte)
The Big Spring Cleanse workshop with Allison Ulan
To Detox or not to Detox? Come learn about everything you wanted to know about aiding health through a detoxification routine from the Ayurvedic perspective.
One of the directors of Ashtanga Yoga Montreal, Allison Ulan has been a practitioner and enthusiast of yoga since 1988. In 2000, she began traveling to Mysore, India annually to study with the founder of Ashtanga, Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, who authorized her to teach the Ashtanga form in its traditional approach in 2002. Along with her weekly classes at Ashtanga Yoga Montreal, Allison leads specialized workshops in asana, pranayama and meditation, which participants have found humorous, challenging, informed and always heart-centered. Seeing our lives as ecstatic adventures, she offers yoga as a path of self-discovery grounded in confidence and wholeness.
Tuesday 21 June, 7:00PM to 9:00PM
(Coop la Maison verte)
Project Montreal meeting
Projet Montreal meeting
Wednesday 22 June, 7:00PM to 9:00PM
(Crowley Arts Centre, 5325 Crowley)
Screening of Permaculture : The Growing Edge
Tickets $20 - available at the door
(Sliding scale available for those on a budget)
Come celebrate the NDG Food Depot's 25th Anniversary at a special screening of Permaculture: The Growing Edge, a film by Starhawk & Donna Read. Special guests include Starhawk & Donna Read , with musical performances by Kyra Shaughnessy & Jean Elliott Manning. The screening will be followed by a discussion moderated by Anne Lagace Dowson. For more infromation, consutl the Food Depot website (www.depotndg.org) or contact them directly at 514-483-4680 ext. 200.
Wednesday 27 August, 1:00PM to 5:00PM
( Sherbrooke Street W. between Melrose and Wilson)
NDG Arts Walk
On behalf of the COOP La Maison Verte and the NDG Arts Week we would like to invite
artists and artisans to participate in the second installment of the NDG Art Walk. This
year the festivals theme is "food" therefore the Art Walk, Off the Film Festival and
Country En Ville will be collecting donations for the NDG Food Depot.
The Art Walk is accepting participants on a first come first serve basis via email, each
artist will be allocated a 6' X 12' space (aprox) on Sherbrooke Street W. between
Melrose and Wilson. It will be an out door event from 1 to 5 p.m. on August 27th. Artists
and artisans are welcome to paint live and display their work.
5785, Sherbrooke street West, Metro Vendome + bus 105 - call us! 514-489-8000