Cafe Paramo

With the finest coffee growers around, two communities helping each other through one link, one livelihood, one coffee. Cafe Paramo is a unique project and business, through which Heathfield Community School is proud to have developed some close and lasting relationship with the Caxarumi co-operative, Ecuador, The Valdesia Region, Dominican Republic and most recently we are in the process of starting a new link with the Sol and CFAE Cooperative, Peru, which is located in the region of Cajamarca.

So how does it work?

Students at Heathfield Community School are given the opportunity to be part of this amazing business. The students apply and then are interviewed for posts in the following areas: Managing directors, Finance team, Sales / Marketing team, Design team and International Links co-ordinators. The students run the business and can seek advice from assigned teachers and business mentors.

"Café Paramo has allowed me to start my career early. I now know how to sell, be part of/run a business and I have gained some real life knowledge of the coffee industry. This summer I intend to do a work experience placement with a coffee importing/exporting company in London."
Robbie, student

Students at Heathfield Community School have produced all of the labels for the coffee, and the art work you see is all their own work. They also market the products and sell them via a number of outlets, retailing enough to have been able to develop the second co-operative link.

The Cafe Paramo team have presented their story at a number of educational seminars inspiring schools across the country. Proceeds from every packet of coffee sold go directly to the farmers and the local schools attended by their children, helping to buy basics such as tables, chairs, books and pens. Therefore parents of the children are receiving a fair price for their coffee and as a result the children are receiving an education.

This all means that you can enjoy the rich, mellow taste of this delicious coffee whilst knowing you are making a difference to a coffee grower and their family's future.

Think fair: Be fair: Buy fair

Over the last term, the Café Paramo team have been very busy. Setting up sales events, fundraising for our trip to the Dominican Republic and putting together a Christmas hamper are some of the many things that we have accomplished in the last term.

We have had stalls set up at multiple sales events; some of which include the year seven and eight Parents’ evenings, Willows and Wetlands Centre and the carol concert. All of these events have been a great success and have resulted in over £1000 of sales and have promoted our business even further.

In the summer of 2015 a handful of students are heading out to a small community in the Dominican Republic where our coffee is grown. In order to fundraise for this once in a lifetime trip we have been bag packing in Sainsburys, sold tickets to win the Christmas hamper and made donation pots that we have taken to all of our sales events. Altogether we have raised over £450 this term but we will be continuing to fundraise though out the year.

We have had a great Autumn Term and have many big plans for the next. We are looking into bringing out new merchandise, another hamper and many more fundraising projects. We would like to thank you all for the support and look forward to seeing you at upcoming events.

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