Cristian visits from Nicaragua!
In October, Outside the Bean is excited to host Nicaraguan coffee grower Cristian Dolores Guzmán Merlos. She is a member of Las Diosas coffee cooperative and a member of la FEM, a Nicaraguan nonprofit working to empower rural women. Read her full bio below.
Her visit is also co-sponsored by the UW and by Just Coffee.
Here are some of her public events that YOU can attend:
October 19th: Eat For Equity Fundraiser dinner at Mermaid Cafe. 1929 Winnebago St, Madison. 6:00 – 8:30pm. This is a handmade local dinner cooked by Eat for Equity volunteers. Tickets are sliding scale, roughly $25-50 suggested donation. Reserve via email at firstname.lastname@example.org and add your name to the guest list.
October 21st: Willy Street Grocery Co-op, 1221 Williamson St. Enjoy a talk with Cristian and sample coffee and chocolate. 6:30 – 7:30pm
October 22nd: Redamte Coffee House, 339 State Street. Chat with Cristian and enjoy Las Diosas coffee. 7:00pm.
October 23rd:Presentation at UW-Madison: “Climate Change and Coffee: Global Warming Impacts and Adaptation on Central American Coffee Farms” 103 Taylor Hall. 3:00-4:30pm. With Professors Caitilyn Allen and Brad Barham and Just Coffee Co-founder and Owner Matt Earley.
October 24th: National Food Day. Dane County Food Council, in conjunction w/ Fitchburg and other partners, is hosting a Food Summit entitled Connecting with The Land to celebrate National Food Day. The Summit is for everyone (farmers, activists, restaurateurs, community gardeners, educators, processors, entrepreneurs and community organizations) engaged in building a sustainable local food system. The Summit will include networking, a panel discussion on food justice and land access, and great local food. Click for registration and further information.
Saturday, October 26th: Fundraiser Party at the Cardinal bar, 418 East Wilson St., 4–8pm. Snacks and drinks. Music to be announced. Come and warm up for your Halloween evening or just enjoy hang out with your Just Coffee/Outside the Bean friends.
Cristian Dolores Guzmán Merlos was born in the rural community of Guasuyuca, Nicaragua, daughter of coffee, vegetable, and corn and bean farmers. She has studied accounting for three years and is in her fourth year of business administration in Estelí. Since 2007, Cristian has been working to support her cooperative COPELUZ with their accounting, maximizing her understandings and contributing to the development of rural women.
Alongside the cooperative, Cristian has participated in different spaces offered by la FEM (a Nicaraguan NGO working to empower rural women), including workshops on gender, leadership, and exchanges that have contributed both to her professional and personal training. As a leader in her cooperative, Cristian was recently appointed to be the Manager of a newly organized secondary level cooperative “Las Diosas”.
Aside from managing the cooperative and studying, Cristian has recently purchased her own parcel of coffee and is now planting a 1/2 manzana of coffee with the idea of producing and applying her knowledge in the coffee farm. Being from a rural community gives her a strong sense of pride in being a woman farmer, representing the Las Diosas Cooperative.