It is all my fault.

Yep, this dramatic downturn in the economy started with my decision last January 1st to not buy anything new for one year.

No new stocks. No investments except to the Roastery.

My clothes are tatters. My record collection, used books continues to grow.

I played many rounds of golf with many and varied golf balls. Some found in the basement; others on the preceding hole. I did not buy one new golf thing.

No new fish lures. Amazing.

I biked, walked and delivered as much coffee I could without the car. Send those gas companies into a tailspin.

So, check it all out:

The Compact
1) to go beyond recycling in trying to counteract the negative global environmental and socioeconomic impacts of U.S. consumer culture, to resist global corporatism, and to support local businesses, farms, etc; 2) to reduce clutter and waste in our homes (as in trash Compact-er); 3) to simplify our lives (as in Calm-pact)

With Christmas coming be sure and buy local, buy slow food, buy fresh roasted.

Posted by jeremy raths on November 17, 2008. Continue Reading

Other Stuff.

Steeping, COE, Colombia

Just some more thoughts about the web page and the blogs.

It is hard to figure out just what you guys want to read and see.

As you can readily observe I am such a newbie with all of this.

Enjoy the pictures.

I have been lucky to have travelled to some great places.

Posted by jeremy raths on April 25, 2008. Continue Reading


Well, Random Thoughts. Perfect for caffeine driven brain.

First thought that I have been pondering for some time: Every decision is political.

It covers a lot of territory. But by affirming the connectedness of all of us, and being aware of the ripples or our decisions helps to create a mindset. It gets a bit like the butterfly flapping wings in Brazil and the resulting tornado in Kansas. The butterfly’s nature will not change but by being aware it might just adust the wing flap a different way.

Like my Mom always repeated, “The road to Hell is paved with good intentions.”
We try to be aware. Sometimes we learn many years later what our decisions helped to cause or prevent.

So “plastic or paper?”. Who knows? We can invest time and resources trying to figure it all our. Or we can just go with our gut. If our gut is tuned to our real souls regarding justice and ethics we should be able to sleep at night. We should be able to enjoy our nature and adjust our wing flaps just a bit.

In coffee, exploitation takes many forms. The decision of what we buy and from whom we buy it is huge. I do rely on my gut. Do I like the persons involved?
Do they seem just?

But number one overall is: Is the coffee spectacular? There is a growing correlation between sustainability and coffee quality. Well run estates and farms concerned with all aspects of coffee create better coffee and better lives for all.

Posted by jeremy raths on April 25, 2008. Continue Reading

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