Casa Grounds for Solidarity

Casa Grounds for Solidarity

Cafe-Justo-Poster-webWhen Casa volunteers sell Café Justo brand coffee, rural Mexican farmers and roasters earn a fair wage that allows them to remain in their homeland with a better quality of life.  Last year the Casa community purchased 1,220 pounds of Café Justo organic, fair trade coffee. That volume supports a family of 10 for an entire year in Mexico.  Visit our Casa Grounds for Solidarity Mission Statement for more information.

Through the Casa Grounds for Solidarity Ministry, volunteers “set up shop” here at the Franciscan Renewal Center to sell high-quality coffee from the Café Justo cooperative. The coffee is grown and/or roasted in Salvador Urbina, Mexico and Agua Prieta, Mexico. Each purchase is labeled with the date and name of the roaster, so every coffee lover knows exactly who they’ve supported with each cup. To learn more about who grows this delicious coffee, please click here.

Fast facts:

  • Coffee normally grows within 20 degrees of the equator and between 2,000 and 6,000 feet above sea level, this is normally the (north) Tropics of Cancer and (south) Capricorn. The only place that coffee grows in the United States is Hawaii.
  • Café Justo is a unique coffee business that was started as a response to both rural poverty and migration. The coffee growers are co-owners of the business, meaning more money is returned to them, making a big difference in their lives.  “Café Justo enables people to make a better living for their families so they can avoid the heartbreak of migration and separation.”
  • To learn more about Café Justo coffee: Understand the Labels with the different kinds of coffee sold pdf;  Café Justo coffee is freshly roasted within the last 6 to 9 months, see the difference is in the roasting.

Volunteers sell this delicious coffee to the Casa community on the 2nd full weekend of the month. We also educate our customers about the coffee, the farmers, migration issues and solidarity with Mexico’s agricultural workers.  We welcome friendly, outgoing people who can sell, educate or organize.

To join this ministry, inquire with Eileen Waldron at casagrounds(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)

If you would like to learn more about Cafe Justo, please visit this link for an article and radio story from Arizona Public Radio.

Volunteer with this ministry:

THANK YOU CASA COMMUNITY:  Exciting sales outcome for calendar year 2018:  we sold over $12,000 worth of Café Justo coffee this year, thus providing income for the cooperative and the families who grow, harvest and roast the coffee beans.


The Coffee Prayer (from Catholic Relief Services)

Loving Savior,
I drink this cup in solidarity with the one who planted the seedlings.
In solidarity with the one who nurtured the soil.
In solidarity with the one who watered the trees.
In solidarity with the one who harvested the beans in their cherries.
In solidarity with the one who brought the harvest to market.
It has been a long time brewing, this cup.
And with each sip, I pray for justice for everyone in the chain of production
Particularly those whose poverty
Prevents them from tasting the bounty you provide.
Solidarity, justice: this is our challenge.
But one thing I have learned from you, Lord
Is that small cups can contain great miracles.
And we can all find oneness there.


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