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Author: Beata Siwinski
Posted: May 1, 2008
Article rating: 9.3
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Dr. Jane Goodall finds common ground for chimps and coffee
Posted by Beata Siwinski, 8:55am Permalink to this blog entry

One of the highlights of being involved with CoffeeGeek is meeting extra-ordinary people involved in specialty coffee. As an animal lover and great coffee lover, I was thanking my lucky star when a world-renowned primatologist and humanitarian,  Dr. Jane Goodall, along with Lindsey Bolger, Director of Coffee Sourcing and Relationships for Green Mountain Coffee, was doing a special one-time only presentation for members of the media. The audience was surprisingly very small, probably due to the fact that this presentation wasn't on the original mailed out program. That was to my advantage, as I got to sit very close!  

Dr. Goodall began her landmark study of chimpanzees in Tanzania in 1960 and in 1977 created the Jane Goodall Foundation. Since then the institute continued the pioneering research of chimpanzee behavior, which changed scientific perceptions of the relationship between humans and animals. The ecosystem around Gombe National Park in Tanzania, where Dr. Goodall began her work is being significantly affected by due to social and economic pressures. The forests have been cleared for agricultural use and that of course created a major problem in taking away chimp's natural habitat.

It was very clear that in order to help preserve the ecosystem the villager's standard of living had to significantly improve. It was then when Dr. Goodall introduced Green Coffee Roasters to a local small-scale coffee farmers cooperative. (Green Mountain Coffee first learned of the opportunity when Dr. Goodall gave her keynote address at the 2005 Annual SCAA Conference). They found that coffee grown on the hills of the Gombe National Park tasted of tropical fruits with floral undertones. This extraordinary coffee, which thrives in the shade of forest, grows amongst the chimps in of her their few remaining habitats. I was able to taste the coffee at the presentation and thought that the description matched its taste very much.

I left this presentation feeling so uplifted and filled with the warm spirit of Dr. Goodall. I learned that up until today she is not very good at cupping and actually very recently learned what the term means. I learned that she carries her stuffed chimp everywhere and it was probably touched by close to 3 million people by now! And that she enjoys watching a sunset at Lake Tanganika with some scotch! Amazing woman to say the least . . . It will definitely remain one of my favorite presentations at this year's exhibition.

You can also watch a video presentation about this amazing program click here

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Tanzanian Gombe Reserve
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Jane Goodall and Lindsey Bolger share a hug
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Taking questions from audience
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I'm feeling star struck here!
Article rating: 9.3
Author: Beata Siwinski
Posted: May 1, 2008
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