Monthly Archives: January 2006

Happiness is finding a Colombian Chocolate

Latin Organics 65% Cocoa- Dark Colombian Chocolate

With much expectation and several years of inspiration Latin Organics has now extended its product line following the company's passion and drive to continue using Direct Trade with farmers as an important tool towards bringing Social Equality to Colombia. After tasting all the amazing cocoa in Colombia, Latin Organics decided to go with Cocoa beans that are being grown between the Andes and the Amazon. This particular bean is a 65% Cocoa with pronounced rich chocolate flavor combined with delightful fruity and floral notes well known to the Fino de Aroma cocoa quality. It is Kosher, Vegan and Gluten Free so that there is no guilt at all. Use your imagination as this product is versatile on how to enjoy it. If you feel like having the best hot chocolate made from scratch without all the fuss -use Latin Organics Cocoa. If you want to get up in the morning and have a healthy smoothie- pour some of this goodness to the blender and get a boost of anti-ox. If you love to bake or cook, explore your senses using Latin Organics cocoa. If you just want to have some right now- just open the bag, sit back and let the Love Affair begin.


Over 700000 Hispanics call Canada their Home

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They bring great talent to the Canadian business arena and to the medical and technological field from Coast to Coast.  Latin Organics, CEO& Founder, Martha Lucia Bowen, has been nominated to receive the 6th annual edition of the "10 most influential Hispanic Canadians". This year's winners may be invited for a private meeting with the Prime Minister of Canada, Rt. Hon. Stephen Harper in 2013 as it was the case in 2010. The awards ceremony is scheduled for Wednesday, November 21, 2012 in Toronto with the confirmed keynote speaker His Excellency Guillermo Rishchyinski, Canada's Ambassador to the United Nations and 2008 winner of our program. Specifics on the awards ceremony will be sent in a few weeks and we will blog about this. Martha Lucia Bowen is certain that the work that Latin Organics is doing on Canadian soil has a positive impact in the lives of all the farmers in the countries of origin where we do trade as well for local consumers that have the opportunity to support Latin Organics premium products. Latin Organics not only works with coffee farmers and cocoa farmers but also crafters that make eco friendly products for everyday use following ancestral traditions. The "10 most influential Hispanic Canadians" is the only national annual Hispanic program celebrating the achievements of Hispanic Canadians- a group known as Canada's Creative Class. The fifty past winners come from Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Quebec and Saskatchewan, representing thirteen countries of origin. The program is organized by the Canadian Hispanic Business Association. Judges include past winners as well as executives and journalists from the National Post, Globe & Mail, Toronto Star, CBC, Greater Toronto Marketing Alliance, Canadian Council for the Americas, Canadian Aboriginal & Minority Supplier Council and the University of Ottawa.- Three of the winners were from British Columbia.


Fall is here and Latin Organics is going to be everywhere

Keep an eye out for Green Zebra's Coupon Book- where you can find local savings for sustainable living. In the 2012 edition you will be able to find some neat offerings to use at Latin Organics flagship store. All things that are sustainable and good are offered through Green Zebra's coupon book. Green Zebra first started in San Francisco- in the bay area with the goal to make San Francisco a more sustainable place to live and work. From this idea, Green Zebra Vancouver was started. Green Zebra Vancouver is supported by Nester's Market, Choices, Market Place IGA, David Suzuki Foundation and Van City to name a few- so purchase yours as soon as it comes out.

Another place to find Latin Organics Coffee this new season- will be in the well known Vancouver magazine Edible Vancouver in their Fall Edition as well as on line. You can get more info on their blog. Phil Solomon is publisher of Edible Vancouver magazine and his reward is to taste-test all the local food and beverages- and yes that does include Latin Organics coffee ! For sure this is a Foodie magazine. Latin Organics flagship store will be receiving a magazine rack- so that you can come in and grab a copy to take home and while you delight on Latin Organics Colombian coffee you can have a sneak peak.

Look out for the roads- as you will be seeing Latin Organics car zooming in and out as we get busier brewing our coffee to reach hundreds of folks. Latin Organics cars once spotted will bring a smile to your face- they are bright and happy looking ! What would you expect- we have the sun in our hearts.


Latin Organics Community work goes beyond Colombian borders

Burnaby 2 This month, Latin Organics Coffee helped the Burnaby Hospital Foundation with their 13th annual community run and walk, raising much needed funds and support for Burnaby's Hospital most urgent medical equipment needs.

The Rhythm of Life highlights included a 10 km run, 5 km run and walk, and 1 km Family Stroll. There was a BBQ lunch, Latin Organics Coffee freshly brewed- keeping spirits happy, outdoor stage with live entertainment and many other activities.

 

 

 

 


September Feast of Fields is just around the corner

FEAST2011 WEB BUTTONLatin Organics coffee will be placed under a beautiful white tent for all guests to delight on. Latin Organics will be brewing it's 2011 coffee harvest that arrived to Vancouver on June 5th. This years Feast of Fields will take place on Sunday, September 11, 2011 at the Krause Berry Farms in Langley. For the last 16 years, Feast of Fields has brought the best of BC's culinary masters to an inviting, relaxed farm setting to enjoy summer's many food gems. All the food and coffee artisans participating share their passion and knowledge of our local fare to local consumers. The proceeds from Feast of Fields provide critical  funding for project development, community outreach and daily operations. Farm Folk/City Folk has , since  1993, worked throughout British Columbia protecting farmland and providing opportunities for new farmers and strengthening the connection between farm and city with education, communication and celebration.Here at Latin Organics we are really looking forward in connecting with all these food lovers- who enjoy their coffee with the same passion that we have when we bring the best coffee beans possible to Canada from Colombia.


MannyDaddy combines Latin Organics Coffee with a passionate interview

Interview with Martha Bowen, CEO Latin Organics
Interview by Manny Daddy

With three young children, a husband, community work, and a thriving local Vancouver based business, this is one CEO driven to make a real change in the coffee industry and the world for that matter. Today's interview is with Martha Bowen, social entrepreneur and founder of Latin Organics.

Q: Good morning Martha. First things first, thank you for the cappuccino. It's very smooth. Please tell us about Latin Organics and the story of how you started the company?

A: Well, just over five years ago, I decided that it was time for me to make a difference and after much thought, I came up with the idea of a company that would truly contribute to the world in an ethical manner. I wanted a company that would generate local employment, but at the same time, improve the lives of my fellow Colombians. The result is Latin Organics.

Q: Your last name is Bowen. How did a Colombian end up with a European sounding name?

A: My grandfather on my father's side immigrated to South America and he was Irish.

Q:  Why start a coffee company and not, say, a clothing firm?

A: We're more than a coffee company, we also market hand crafted accessories that are 100% biodegradable made by indigenous women from Colombia. We also plan on bringing exotic Colombian cocoa/chocolate to North America. But, to answer your question, it made sense to start Latin Organics with coffee because it's a major export of Colombia and coffee is a major source of employment.

Q: As an entrepreneur, what did you find most challenging about starting a company?

A: The most challenging was all the up front work at the very beginning. When I decided that I wanted to start Latin Organics, I was still working full time and I had two young children. I had to do my research and business plan on my day off - Mondays back in 2002. Also, as I was getting ready to launch the company, I became pregnant with my third child, Sara, who is now as old as Latin Organics. It was definitely an exciting, but very challenging time in my life.

Q: What is the most rewarding part of being an entrepreneur?

A: Making a difference in the world and seeing consumers excited as they hold a bag of Latin Organics coffee in their hands - in this moment, I know that we are doing the right thing and it feels so good. I find inspiration in the hard work of our farmers, as well as I am fully aware of all the hardships in Colombia. I like to think that we're helping to take "greed out of the equation" and that will help in alleviating poverty.

Q: What do you mean by taking "greed out of the equation"?

A: What I mean is that our farmers need to be dealt with directly and paid a fair price so they can continue to grow great organic coffee. Direct trade is one step above any other type of trade out there because there are no middlemen involved or any fees that farmers need to pay out of their pockets. Farmers do not need charity they need social equality.

Q: What makes Latin Organics different?

A: Well, we are from Colombia - just like our coffee beans and we have a true passion for bringing social equality to Colombia so that someday we can feel that it is safe to live there again. This is the passion and energy that supports us to deal directly with the farmers through DIRECT TRADE and pay the price that they need for their hard work. I believe that this empowers our farmers. In this way, their earnings, which is what Latin Organics contributes to, stay in the local economy and will help to achieve social equality in Colombia. Latin Organics premium certified organic Colombian Arabica coffee beans are grown in the shade, which is bird friendly and in balance with nature. We respect Mother Earth and understand best practices for growing true organic coffee. We believe this will ultimately help keep the fertility of soil and its ability to produce food for future generations.

Q: What advice would you give a would be entrepreneur?

A: Follow your passion. Be persistent and strong. Don't take shortcuts. And enjoy the climb.

Q: Please finish this sentence, "What is the one thing you cannot live without?".

A: My Family.

Read full interview here.

 

With three young children, a husband, community work, and a thriving local Vancouver based business, this is one CEO driven to make a real change in the coffee industry and the world for that matter. Today's interview is with Martha Bowen, social entrepreneur and founder of Latin Organics.
Q: Good morning Martha. First things first, thank you for the cappuccino. It's very smooth. Please tell us about Latin Organics and the story of how you started the company?
A: Well, just over five years ago, I decided that it was time for me to make a difference and after much thought, I came up with the idea of a company that would truly contribute to the world in an ethical manner. I wanted a company that would generate local employment, but at the same time, improve the lives of my fellow Colombians. The result is Latin Organics

 


Preview of Latin Organics Coffee participation in 2011 Feast of Fields

2011 Feast of Fields Preview
Article by: Ariane Design

 

On Wednesday, I was invited to a Feast of Fields preview on-site at Krause Berry Farms in Langley, BC. The event itself will take place on Sunday, September 11, 2011. It's FarmFolk CityFolk's 17th annual event that will help raise funds for the organization.
Feast of Fields is a four hour (1 pm to 5 pm) gourmet wandering harvest festival and FarmFolk CityFolk's annual fundraising event. With a wine glass and linen napkin in hand, you can taste the very best of BC from chefs, vintners, brewers, farmers, fishers, ranchers and food artisans from across the province - some think of it as a 40 course meal paired with wine and beer! Feast of Fields highlights the connections between producer and chef, field and table, and farm folks and city folks. Feast of Fields is a gastronomic journey towards a sustainable, local food system.
FarmFolk/CityFolk has been vocal since 1993 in spreading the word about a BC-wide sustainable food system. This growing movement of community farms and food systems is key for maintaining a healthy supply of products for British Columbians. FarmFolk/CityFolk creates seed security, develops community farms, and provides resources for those looking to eat BC-sourced food.
The organization is also concerned with loss of farmland and aging farmers, not to mention the growth of industrialized food systems and ultimately, safety issues in our modern day food supply. By attending this event, we can all help FarmFolk/CityFolk to keep doing the vital work they've been doing for nearly two decades.
Our preview started right here in town with a stop at the Latin Organics café in East Vancouver. CEO/founder Martha Bowen had a dream of living a traditional life that her grandmother enjoyed in her hometown of Valledupar, Columbia. "I wanted to be like a matron who, through my social help to people and to society, would set a goal for other women and other people," according to Martha.
In 2005, she realized her goal when she opened Latin Organics, a fair trade, organic coffee company whose beans are purchased directly from the Arhuaco Indians, located near her Columbian hometown, some of whom even once traded with her grandfather. Martha Bowen has also been recently nominated for a 2011 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Award.

On Wednesday, I was invited to a Feast of Fields preview on-site at Krause Berry Farms in Langley, BC. The event itself will take place on Sunday, September 11, 2011. It's FarmFolk CityFolk's 17th annual event that will help raise funds for the organization.

Feast of Fields is a four hour (1 pm to 5 pm) gourmet wandering harvest festival and FarmFolk CityFolk's annual fundraising event. With a wine glass and linen napkin in hand, you can taste the very best of BC from chefs, vintners, brewers, farmers, fishers, ranchers and food artisans from across the province - some think of it as a 40 course meal paired with wine and beer! Feast of Fields highlights the connections between producer and chef, field and table, and farm folks and city folks. Feast of Fields is a gastronomic journey towards a sustainable, local food system.

FarmFolk/CityFolk has been vocal since 1993 in spreading the word about a BC-wide sustainable food system. This growing movement of community farms and food systems is key for maintaining a healthy supply of products for British Columbians. FarmFolk/CityFolk creates seed security, develops community farms, and provides resources for those looking to eat BC-sourced food.

The organization is also concerned with loss of farmland and aging farmers, not to mention the growth of industrialized food systems and ultimately, safety issues in our modern day food supply. By attending this event, we can all help FarmFolk/CityFolk to keep doing the vital work they've been doing for nearly two decades.

Our preview started right here in town with a stop at the Latin Organics café in East Vancouver. CEO/founder Martha Bowen had a dream of living a traditional life that her grandmother enjoyed in her hometown of Valledupar, Columbia. "I wanted to be like a matron who, through my social help to people and to society, would set a goal for other women and other people," according to Martha.

In 2005, she realized her goal when she opened Latin Organics, a fair trade, organic coffee company whose beans are purchased directly from the Arhuaco Indians, located near her Columbian hometown, some of whom even once traded with her grandfather. Martha Bowen has also been recently nominated for a 2011 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Award.

Read full article here

 


2011 Nomination letter arrives to Latin Organics Headquarters in Vancouver

RBC Canadian WomanLatin Organics CEO & Founder, Martha  Bowen has been nominated to receive the 2011 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Award.

The purpose of the award is to provide recognition to Canada's Women Entrepreneurs whose successful business   and achievements contribute so much to the Canadian and global economies -as well as the communities. 98 awards have been presented   for outstanding entrepreneurial achievement in different categories since 1992. This event is presented by the Royal Bank of Canada and it is sponsored by Bell, Deloitte, National Post, Hello Canada, Argyle, Profit Magazine, TPH and Cassels Brock.

"We are very excited and humbled by the nomination. Immigrating to Canada and starting Latin Organics Inc. has been one of the most life changing experiences that I have had. Being a Canadian is an opportunity to excel and give back. Being an Entrepreneur is the perfect platform to achieve this. Growing a company in Canada is a lot of hard work, persistence, determination and vision- more so in these uncertain times. For me it is all about creating social equality for our farmers/crafters, while caring for our planet and providing Canadians with the best possible product."  stated Martha. Should Latin Organics win- there will be for sure a lot of happy people in Vancouver.

To see Latin Organics Nomination to the 2011 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Award click here.


Homeless People in area where Latin Organics coffee is grown reached 74.000

Valledupar1

Valledupar2The level of insecurity and corruption seen in the zone where Latin Organics coffee is grown is a clear reflection of the critical situation that Colombia is living.

This area is not only home to coffee farms but to cattle operations that produce revenue for its owners. A shocking contrast when you drive along the outskirts of Valledupar and see people living in slums built on eroded dirt.

The fact that here in Colombia you are able to buy any brand of vehicle manufactured on planet Earth or purchase any of the latest gadgets- fashion, wines, etc- does not mean that the country has moved forward when there are still large levels of corruption that do not allow funds for education, social housing, medical care- to arrive to the most vulnerable -creating social inequality.

There are more than 74.000 homeless people due to the internal conflict and violence suffered at present in Colombia- as well as to the natural disasters- in this zone alone.  This immigration of homeless people to this area- has generated a series of criminal activities- from petty cash theft to street murders.  The average of deaths is at the 2.5 mark per day.

Direct Trade through Latin Organics helps to generate revenue and funds that stay in this region. It can be used for social projects improving the day to day life of these farmers.

It is worrisome to see this situation that is almost out of control. None the less Latin Organics Canada is opening a branch in Colombia called Latin Organics Colombia. "We have no doubt that our dedication and efforts through our new branch- will continue to foster Direct Trade and social equality." stated Martha Bowen in Valledupar.

Latin Organics brand goes beyond its amazing organic Colombian premium coffee beans roasted with in Canadian borders- it reaches out to Colombia supporting a region and country in need. That is an amazing and unique cup of coffee to support !


Valledupar- a city that has not progressed due to Political wars, Corruption and a human state of “siesta”

farmValledupar is the Capital city of the department of El Cesar, located in the Northern part of Colombia where Latin Organics roots started. It is a valley where the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta- area where Latin Organics coffee is grown- stretches out to rest. Martha Bowen's family owns a cattle farm only 15 minutes away from Valledupar. This cattle farm has been dormant for three decades. In November, 2010 - 80 homeless family's tried to invade four hectares of this private land- stating that the owners did not need the land because they live "abroad". The irony of all this is that the Bowen family left Colombia due to kidnapping and other security issues. Latin Organics is a company incorporated in Canada and founded by Martha Bowen- precisely with the vision to alleviate poverty in Colombia. In the same way that Latin Organics has taken care of its coffee beans- a plan has been laid out for the farm. At present this family owned farm presents a unique offering of flora and fauna not found in any other nearby locations. This farm continues to protect ancient trees and native plants-an oasis of oxygen for the region. An organic grass fed cattle operation will be started on this land- in the same way that Martha Bowen's grandfather Jacob M Luque operated. This will make Latin Organics existence a little bit more exciting as this cattle farm will provide jobs for many people and their family's so that they may work towards having a home. We all need to strive for social equality, zero tolerance towards corruption in our leaders and an end to the brutal man made race called "greed". Here is a Latin Organics espresso to that!