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Martha brings Portuguese charm to the heart of Berlin. Pastel de Nata and fairly traded coffee create a convivial mood, great taste and – what it’s all about these days – free-spiritedness and interaction.

„I am supposed to meet Rodrigo at the beach to go surfing – the ocean waves are usually the best in the early morning hours. The streets of Lisbon are still deserted, only a few cats roam the city, the sea is glistening on the end of the street. Even the sun is still tired – not more than a few rays of sunshine leave a golden glance on the cobblestones. I am entering a small café. A woman with black hair welcomes me: “Um lindo bom dia, meu amor”. That’s Martha. She smiles while pouring me coffee. I think, Rodrigo has to wait a little bit longer.”

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Our coffee from Honduras

Interview with Miriam Zelaya

“It takes education to change things”

Marcala / Honduras / Kaffeeregion Comsa

Life without coffee? For 67 percent of Europeans this is completely unimaginable. Miriam Zelaya, who runs the Clave del Sol coffee plantation in Honduras, agrees that coffee is positive energy: “It’s my passion”, as she says. But fluctuating prices, poor education and climate change mean that coffee producers across the world are facing major challenges. Miriam refuses to let this get her down and now also draws on the support of the Comsa Fairtrade Cooperative. By the way, Martha sources her SchulzKaffee from this cooperative.

“Only men are allowed to work the fields”

That’s what Miriam’s grandfather Napoleon used to say to the then 6-year-old girl before sending her back to the house to her mother and the other women. But little Miriam – already intrigued by nature and these little black beans – was not to be deterred. She unleashed a torrent of tears until Napoleon agreed to make an exception. Miriam has been fighting for an opportunity to run an own plantation her whole life long. At this point, however, she didn’t yet know what challenges she’d be confronted with while realizing her dream.

According to estimates by the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), it would be possible to reduce the number of malnourished people by 100 – 150 million if gender inequality were to be abolished in the agrarian sector.

Most coffee farmers have only little land and thus weak bargaining power vis-à-vis coffee traders. Global market prices for coffee tend to fluctuate and this puts downward pressure on them. As a consequence of this, many coffee farmers live on less than two dollars a day.

Fairtrade coffee cooperatives are democratically organized and this entails a lot of advantages: Greater negotiating power, the possibility to make communal acquisitions, easier access to financing as well as mutual learning and the sharing of information.

And on top of this, you have climate change: Climbing temperatures go hand in hand with more pests and plant diseases.

For this reason, Miriam has joined the Comsa Cooperative – an alliance of about 70 small farmers, many of whom belong to the indigenous Lenca peoples of Honduras.

They are instructed on how to care for the soil, water and ecosystem while cultivating their crops in order to curb the effects of climate change. The new-found quality of their coffee beans makes them eligible for Fairtrade certification and this in turn lets the farmers achieve the best price for their coffee.

A pest, the so-called “coffee borer beetle” is threatening the livelihood of more than 25 million rural households that sustain themselves through the cultivation of coffee.

“I would like for my children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and future generations to have access to high quality education. It’s only through education that we can change and become prosperous.”, ...

... says Miriam Elizabeth Pérez Zelaya, whose son Eduardo also operates a plantation.

Her granddaughters are already enjoying a multi-lingual education. In this way, Fairtrade already supports the next generation of coffee farmers!

SchulzKaffee How about a cup of Fairtrade SchulzKaffee from the cooperative? Come to Martha!

Review

„Martha has some good coffee for a good price.“

27.04.19 from Darryl on Tripadvisor

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Café Martha in Schulz Hotels
Stralauer Platz 36,
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