Fair Trade 1: Lutheran students visit Nicaragua coffee farmers

Northern Michigan University (NMU) students Lisa McCarthy of Greenville, WI and Sarah Swanson of Rapid River, MI are giving presentations across the Upper Peninsula on their recent Lutheran World Relief trip to Nicaragua during which they met with coffee farmers and learned about fair trade.

This is the first of several excerpts from their presentation.

In part 1, the students look at the role of faith communities, Nicaragua coffee farmers, and coffee cooperatives in Fair Trade movement; Northern Michigan University students talk about work that goes into growing coffee including wet mills, dry mills and the process of quality/taste testing called cupping.

The NMU students among 13 Americans on Lutheran World Relief Study Tour entitled NICARAGUA: Pour Justice to the Brim from January 5-12, 2009

The group visited the capitol of Managua, and the cities/villages of Matagalpa, Jinotega and La Reyna.

Fair trade ensures fair wages, and protects women's rights and human rights plus fights poverty.

Arriving at the peak of the coffee harvest, the students visited many aspects of the industry including dry mills, wet mills and coffee cooperatives.

They spoke on January 13, 2008 to a group at the St. Mark's Lutheran Church (ELCA) in Marquette, MI.

Related links:

LWR Study Trips


Lutheran Campus Ministry (LCM) at Northern Michigan University (NMU)




Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)


Northern Great Lakes Synod (NGLS)



LWR Study Tour on January 5-12, 2009 - NICARAGUA: Pour Justice to the Brim:


Fair Trade


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