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East Ender
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I ran into this sad article in the Source: http://www.onepaper.com/stthomasvi/?v=d&i=&s=Commentary:Open+Forum&p=1153543404

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Topic starter Posted : September 25, 2006 9:45 pm
Iris Richardson
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I wish I knew about anyone in the coffee industry who would take this on. It is a shame. I might forward the link to my pro food group and see maybe something comes out of it.
I wish I knew more about roasting coffee.

Iris

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Posted : September 25, 2006 11:34 pm
danieljude
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I just fowarded this to the editor, and hope that it might shed some light on other information that did not fit the angle of the article. Perhaps with this information, we might have enough knowledge to understand what the needs might be. If this coffee operation was running until just recently, there must be trained employees who are now unemployed. No?

Below is copy of what was sent to the editor:

Good morning. Would you by chance have any other information regarding the closing of this coffee establishment that was discovered in seeking to write this story? If so, I would like to share it with others. There is one or more people who perhaps would want to take on the challenge.

If not, there are certainly other options. In Costa Rica, a coffee manufacturer is owned and operated not by a person or partnership, but as a not for profit as the proceeds are used to offset the cost of retaining the enormous amount of natural preserve land that is set aside. I'm sure that with all of the individuals on this island who are conscious about the ecology, something could be formed that would work as a viable business, meet the tenets of the EDC, provide employment and keep a tradition from becoming a memory.

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Posted : September 26, 2006 10:06 am
Iris Richardson
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Thanks for wrinting to the editor. Perhaps a co-op could be formed just as they are trying to do with the dairy plant. I have to go back to the article I believe they got a grant to do research if it is possible.
Iris

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Posted : September 26, 2006 10:37 am
Onika
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Saw your letter to the Source this morning, Dan.

Good luck and you never know, maybe this is the change you were seeking...?

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Posted : September 26, 2006 1:56 pm
danieljude
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As of yet (as an update) I have heard nothing from the Source, however a fellow poster gave me a good deal of information that this was and EDC set up or supported situation. It would seem that they would be a good place for an interested individual or group to contact.

I also have heard that the EDC is not the easiest place to work with, but I don't know all of the specifics.

I am not interested in being a coffee processor, but if I can help in any other way, please do let me know.

Warm regards to all,

Dan

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Posted : September 27, 2006 9:00 pm
Linda J
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There was an article in the STX Avis on Saturday. The Previous owner, King, moved off island and the manager died suddenly. The owners/heirs are not interested in continuing, locked the doors and closed the business. The article described it as a "turn-key"operation with trained employees. So, I assume if you have $$$, this business, with a ready-made customer base, is yours for the taking.

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Posted : October 2, 2006 10:14 am
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