Coffee – April 2006
THE INFAMOUS PIKO EXPANSION
Yes, at last we are back home in our beautiful renovated building! It's been a lengthy process to get to this point, and we're all very happy to be back inside before winter hits. That shed was getting a little trying, to say the least!
More space means that shopping and working at Piko is an easier experience than it used to be. We love having room to move, and room on the shelves for new products. No more tripping over baskets and queuing for the flour shelves! Other things that make us smile... the freezer in the shop (yum, frozen berries!), our beautiful stained glass window beside the door (which was a part of the original building, dating back to the late C19), our big windows, and some great new shelving!
There is still a wee way to go out the back, our driveway is in progress, and once that is all done we will have to work some magic and get some greenery out the back again.
We will have six car parks available for customers. Entry and exit is from Barbadoes St, the Kilmore street entrance is solely for deliveries. Please make sure to respect this, as it will make things easier all round.
NOTE: EARLY CLOSURE 13 MAY
Piko will close at 3pm on 13 May prior to our Official Opening Ceremony.
So many yummy new things on our shelves! Lots of gluten free vegan sugarfree biscuits, check out the Lush range, pure decadence! Puffed cereals, millet and quinoa. Himalayan rock salt, organic elderflower and rosehip syrups, and a new range of pies!
NEW FACES AT PIKO
You may have noticed that along with new products and shelving in the shop, we have some new staff too. Sara has been a customer for a long time, and now is a part of the piko crew, whilst keeping a few pet chickens to keep the rural feel going.
Aisling (pron. Ashling) is from Ireland and has a fabulous knowledge of organics and veges, having worked in the industry back home.
Our new man about the place is Andrew, a recent biology graduate, who seems to be taking Piko in his stride despite the pressures of working around so many women.
Piko is lucky enough to be getting help from some of our past workers too: Ariel, Aiyana, Anne, Ami, and Claire. Keep your eyes peeled for more new staff to help us with the ever-increasing work load at Piko.
HAVE AN ETHICAL CUP OF COFFEE
Billions of cups of coffee are consumed daily around the world, making it the third most traded commodity, after oil and illegal drugs. But do the coffee drinkers think about ethical dilemmas as they sip their flat whites? The world is experiencing a "coffee crisis", caused by the supply of coffee beans outweighing the demand. This crisis has its most detrimental effects on the growers in tropical areas of Asia, Latin America and Africa. Most coffee farmers receive extremely low prices for their crops, often less than the cost of production, around 2% of the final retail price. The outcome for these farmers is extreme poverty and massive suffering. They make ends meet by forgoing medical treatment, living in appalling conditions, taking their children out of school, or accumulating huge debts. Some have even given up growing coffee in favour of illegal crop production such as coca or marijuana.
Thousands of children are starving in many countries as a result of the coffee crisis.
Don't forget about the environmental impacts of coffee growing, which include tropical forest clearance, excessive use of fertilizers and pesticides, and overall damage to the ecological balance and diversity of fragile highland areas. A
handful of giant corporations dominate the world coffee market (eg. Nestle, Kraft, Sara Lee Corp), cashing in on consumerism whilst coffee growers starve and live in poverty.
WHAT CAN WE DO ABOUT THIS?
If you want to continue drinking coffee without feeling guilty, make it an "ethical cup" of Fair Trade organic coffee. FairTrade is a growing, international movement which ensures that producers in poor countries get a fair deal. This means a fair price for their goods to cover production and living costs, long-term contracts which provide real security, and support to gain knowledge and skills to develop their business and increase sales. Fair Trade coffee now makes up 15% of the total world market and the scheme benefits a million producers and their families in 40+ countries. Fair Trade gives you, the consumer, an opportunity to use your purchasing power to favour the poor,
helping to take them out of the poverty trap. Piko Wholefoods stocks ONLY Fair Trade organic coffees and our range has recently increased. As well as the familiar Trade Aid varieties from Mexico, Nicaragua etc, and the 1kg packs of Kaiora coffee beans, we now stock three locally roasted coffees and beans: C4 (from Poplar St), Switch (from New Brighton) and Upshot (from Heathcote). We believe in supporting locally owned businesses who deliver coffee that is ground just before we receive it, making it the freshest in town. Taste the difference and know that you are contributing to the well-being and improvement of a community's life on the other side of the world, by supporting the Fair Trade organic movement. You can also help by encouraging the owners of your favourite Christchurch café to do their bit by investing in Fair Trade coffee.
Spread the word and results will follow!
Information taken from The Rough Guide to Ethical Shopping (D. Clark) and the Oxfam website, section on Fair Trade.
FAIR TRADE FORTNIGHT
April 29th ~ May 13th.
Keep an eye out for our in-store display of fairly traded products, including coffees, teas, chocolates, soap and poppadoms.