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Zimbabwe: Coffee Output Plummets
AllAfrica Global Media ^ | 1 July 2010 | Bernard Mpofu

Posted on 07/03/2010 7:47:17 AM PDT by george76

ZIMBABWE'S coffee production has hit a record low since Independence following the chaotic land reform exercise that reduced coffee growing estates to four from 120.

Statistics gathered after a high level coffee stakeholder conference held last week in Mutare show that organic coffee production mostly in Zimbabwe's Eastern Highlands pl-unged to 300 tonnes in 2010 from a peak production of 15 000 tonnes in 1990 when farmers raked in US$37,5 million from sales.

Production has been in freefall for the past 10 years, signalling a threat to the livelihood of both commercial and communal farmers ...

Today the coffee sector is moribund, with 300 tonnes produced in 2010...

Most of the coffee growing estates were taken over during the land reform exercise. Until we restore our record on property rights, production will continue to be on the decline. We now have four estates from 120

(Excerpt) Read more at allafrica.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: africa; africawinsagain; coffee; farming; mcgabe; obamablueprint; socialism; totalitarianism; zimbabwe
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1 posted on 07/03/2010 7:47:19 AM PDT by george76
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To: george76

What did you expect when you take farms that work to farms get covered with weeds and no one works it?


2 posted on 07/03/2010 7:49:26 AM PDT by Mmogamer (<This space for lease>)
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To: george76

/src on/Unexpected?/src off/ Who is John Galt?


3 posted on 07/03/2010 7:49:59 AM PDT by C19fan
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To: george76
Damn you white folk!


That worked out well, didn't it? Bush's fault.

4 posted on 07/03/2010 7:52:06 AM PDT by MaxMax (Conservatism isn't a party)
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To: george76

This is what happens when the socialists/nationalists run out of things to steal.The concept of working for a living is totally foreign to them.Hope they all starve to death or murder each other.


5 posted on 07/03/2010 7:53:53 AM PDT by Farmer Dean (stop thinking about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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To: george76

It must be....RACISM!


6 posted on 07/03/2010 7:54:25 AM PDT by Dallas59 (President Robert Gibbs 2009-2013)
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To: george76
A 98% drop in production "signals a threat to the livelihood of both commercial and communal farmers"? Now THAT is surprising news.

It's a good thing Obamao is not putting the US on a similar path.

7 posted on 07/03/2010 7:55:50 AM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: Farmer Dean
This is what happens when the socialists/nationalists run out of things to steal.

Hereinafter referred to as "Obamanomics"....

8 posted on 07/03/2010 7:58:21 AM PDT by Thermalseeker (Stop the insanity - Flush Congress!)
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To: george76

A glimpse of Obama’s ‘hope and change’.


9 posted on 07/03/2010 7:59:22 AM PDT by Spok (Free Range Republican)
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To: Farmer Dean
This is what happens when the socialists/nationalists run out of things to steal.

More typically they look next door.

They have it. We want/need it. Let's take it.

Socialism is a practically guaranteed recipe for a war.

10 posted on 07/03/2010 7:59:54 AM PDT by null and void (We are now in day 526 of our national holiday from reality. - 0bama really isn't one of US.)
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To: george76

They cut down the coffee trees to grow corn instead.


11 posted on 07/03/2010 8:00:36 AM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: Spok

yup, you can Hope to have Change for a coffee once he’s done.


12 posted on 07/03/2010 8:01:59 AM PDT by himno hero
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To: Spok

yup, you can Hope to have Change for a coffee once he’s done.


13 posted on 07/03/2010 8:02:07 AM PDT by himno hero
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To: george76

Many parts of Africa produce excellent coffee. This is a real shame and everybody has suffered because of Robert Mugabe’s twisted and evil concept of “social justice”.


14 posted on 07/03/2010 8:02:07 AM PDT by Artemis Webb (DeMint 2012)
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To: george76

The constant drip of bad news is brewing trouble for these has-beans. There are grounds for concern here, as business is unlikely to perk up.


15 posted on 07/03/2010 8:04:37 AM PDT by southernnorthcarolina ("Better be wise by the misfortunes of others than by your own." -- Aesop)
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To: Artemis Webb

Kepp electing Kenyans in America and expect America to turn into Kenya.


16 posted on 07/03/2010 8:06:57 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: Artemis Webb

Zimbabwe is capable, by reason of climate and soil conditions, capable of producing some of the finest coffee in the world. It has, however, lost the social and political will to do so.


17 posted on 07/03/2010 8:07:03 AM PDT by reg45
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To: Farmer Dean

This is happening right here on a smaller scale...........for now. Just look at welfare in the big cities. Have more kids, get more welfare. Steal rather than work.....it’s the norm in some places.


18 posted on 07/03/2010 8:15:35 AM PDT by RC2
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To: george76
Let me guess: this is the 30th year of a drought that should break sometime soon leading Zimbabwe to new agricultural wealth. Why is it that droughts hit socialists the hardest?
19 posted on 07/03/2010 8:20:09 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (Gun control was originally to protect Klansmen from their victims. The basic reason hasn't changed.)
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To: reg45; Artemis Webb
Zimbabwe is capable, by reason of climate and soil conditions, capable [sic] of producing some of the finest coffee in the world. It has, however, lost the social and political will to do so.

Or, more accurately, minus the reification:

Zimbabwe is capable, by reason of climate and soil conditions, of producing some of the finest coffee and other agricultural products in the world. The social and political gangsters who have seized the government, though, have dispossessed and driven away those whose talent and hard work for generations have produced the rich output from the innate geographical and climatic conditions.
20 posted on 07/03/2010 8:20:34 AM PDT by aruanan
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To: RC2

All part of the plan to drive this country to it’s knees.


21 posted on 07/03/2010 8:21:16 AM PDT by Farmer Dean (stop thinking about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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To: george76

Another Socialized state success story!


22 posted on 07/03/2010 8:22:34 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: george76
Socialism in action.

In this case Socialism was a means to an end: Totalitarianism.

But, then again Socialism is the natural gateway to Totalitarianism.

As soon as the State is more important than the individual its just a matter of time.

23 posted on 07/03/2010 8:22:34 AM PDT by Mikey_1962 (Obama: The Affirmative Action President)
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To: george76

The country of Rhodesia had a booming agricultural economy and was known as the breadbasket of the African continent, exporting a huge percentage of their products every year.

As Zimbabwe, under Mugabe’s despotism, the murderous rampage against the European farm owners continued unabated until the country has devolved into a third world cesspool. Starvation normal, inflation astounding, crime rampant.

But, hey! At least those white devils are dead or gone! Much better.


24 posted on 07/03/2010 8:26:24 AM PDT by Tigerized (pursuingliberty.com)
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To: Tigerized

Posters are saying the people are lazy, and not working. I’m not sure that’s the case. The article says they switched to growing maize/corn, and not coffee. They may need to eat, and have gone from an exportable cash crop to sustenance, subsistence farming. Really don’t have enough info to tell, but there certainly are horror stories coming out of there.


25 posted on 07/03/2010 8:33:23 AM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: george76

Gee, so Aesop’s tale of the Goose That Laid the Golden Egg is actually based in fact? Who would have guessed?


26 posted on 07/03/2010 8:34:14 AM PDT by Darnright (There can never be a complete confidence in a power which is excessive. - Tacitus)
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To: george76
Zimbabwe's story is the exact opposite of those 'fuel saver' devices you see advertised which promise "30% improvement in mpg." You know it cannot be true because if you bought 3 or 4 of them you would be getting 100 mpg.

With Zimbabwe, it is the reverse. Inflation increases at an insane daily percentage, crop production of all sorts reduces monthly on an insane percentage, products disappear from shop shelves on a regular basis - yet they are still there. Same guys 'running' the country, same folks starving.

How is it possible? What part of the story are we not being given? How does Kathy Buckle escape imprisonment? How does she feed herself? How does the country survive - if it does? (And when will the mess visit our shores?)

27 posted on 07/03/2010 9:00:10 AM PDT by I am Richard Brandon
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra
The real reason is because most of the productive farms in Zimbabwe were owned by whites, who had farmed them for about 100 years or so, say from the late 19th Century in what was, up until the 1980s, Rhodesia.

The blacks took over in the 1980s, renamed the country Zimbabwe, and that could have been fine; in fact, you could argue that that was much more fair and democratic. The white who remained, while a minority, were promised to be well treated and asked to be part of the new nation; most wholeheartedly agreed and simply went on with things as farmers do, planting and harvesting according to the seasons.

However, the Mugabe regime fought its way to power via demagoguery against the whites, and an appeal to tribalism, hatred, and socialism. In the past 15 years they have forcibly kicked white farmers off their land, taking everything they had without compensation, in many case even their lives. Hundreds were arrested for resisting, many even murdered.

Their farms were given over to “collectives” or communal farms made up of native blacks, many who had been farm laborers, but without any planning or management skills. Especially important to the Mugabe regime was rewarding the best farms and lands to political supporters and thugs who did the most vicious things in order to get the white farmers out of Zimbabwe. So now they are gone and these cornucopia farms are desolate, unproductive wastelands, that have been raped and pillaged by their new thug owners.

It is abject racism and inhumanity as evil as that which was ever done by any colonial power to natives anywhere, but hardly attracts notice from the UN or the global left wing media. Ho hum, they're getting what they deserve, some have even said. So I guess it's OK to fight injustice with injustice?

The world we live in truly sucks, and the modern powers-that-be are as bad as anything they've railed about.

28 posted on 07/03/2010 9:02:55 AM PDT by Alas Babylon!
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

Dr. Bogus - in addition to what others have said, the “land reform” of the Mugabe regime awarded the previously white owned farms to his “war veterans”, a euphemism for bands of native thugs who simply drove the farm owners out through murder, mayhem, or intimidation. Once they had the farm, however, they did not have the skills needed to run it, and the farms fell into ruin.

The roots of this outrage can be found in simple racism, cronyism, and the worst kind of forced redistribution of wealth and land. But since it was black on white violence, most of the world’s press simply pretended it didn’t exist.

But the results are tragic and undeniable. There used to be a website called “Bloody Africa” years ago, that documented the horrors (rape, torture, murder) that the owners of the farms were subjected to by Mugabe’s “war veterans.” As expected, the local police were instructed to ignore these outrages. The pictures on the this site were horribly graphic, but told the story well.

And now the whole country is in ruins. But Mugabe remains in power, directing extreme violence against those would challenge his power. Hardly the model of a successful transition.


29 posted on 07/03/2010 9:24:44 AM PDT by Tigerized (pursuingliberty.com)
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To: Alas Babylon!
Oh, and let me just add another thing, that is often misunderstood by the global driveby media, but is a very important fact:

The Ian Smith regime that was the last white minority government in Rhodesia fought for its survival brutally. Many, many black natives were oppressed, tortured and killed. Still, this regime fought against groups that ran the spectrum from true patriots to especially evil thugs. The thugs were sponsored and supported by the Soviet Union and Cuba, and the various communist governments that these two powers had set up in Angola and Mozambique in the late 1970s (thank you Jimmy Carter!).

The Leftist news coverage of events in Africa from the end of WWII followed a meme that any overthrow of a colonial power, or even native whites themselves (as in South Africa, the Boer settlers were there BEFORE the Bantu tribes which migrated down in the 1700-1900s) is good and noble. Call it the Ghandi-zation of the Third World. Whether that colonial government was good and fair to the people, and whether the people prospered under it was simply not a thought, rather, they must be overthrown as all colonial power was/is fascist, oppressive, and evil. White is evil. So the Smith regime was Nazi Germany, and the various black factions fighting it was George Washington and his soldiers crossing the Delaware.

The Smith regime lost not because of this, but because they WERE NOT this! They succumbed to the world-wide pressure and condemnation because they had a conscience and could not consciously be brutal enough to keep their power.

Sadly, the most brutal of the confederates who fought against them had and has no such compunctions! Mugabe IS the brutal thug that the global driveby media tried to make Ian Smith. Sure, Smith was wrong, but in the end he gave up rather than putting the native Zimbabweans through Nazi Gotterdamerung and extermination camps.

Mugabe has no such respect for whites. And lets not forget that once the Smith regime gave up, Mugabe fought viciously and brutally against his black compatriots in order to place himself in absolute power. The latest elections, which Mugabe lost, were simply stolen and the winning party was once again brutally oppressed. Here are black on black atrocities the Leftist press simply will not cover.

30 posted on 07/03/2010 9:26:29 AM PDT by Alas Babylon!
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To: I am Richard Brandon

“How does Kathy Buckle escape imprisonment? How does she feed herself?”

I don’t follow her story closely at all, but I am curious as to how she gets by without anything bad happening to her.


31 posted on 07/03/2010 9:35:11 AM PDT by PLMerite (The FR clock is now three minutes fast.)
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To: george76

32 posted on 07/03/2010 9:37:20 AM PDT by Donald Rumsfeld Fan (Sarah Palin "the Thrilla from Wasilla")
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To: I am Richard Brandon

“Zimbabwe’s story is the exact opposite of those ‘fuel saver’ devices you see advertised which promise “30% improvement in mpg.” You know it cannot be true because if you bought 3 or 4 of them you would be getting 100 mpg”

Actually it’s worse, you’d be left with a gallon for every 3 you used; soon your tank would spill over...


33 posted on 07/03/2010 9:45:38 AM PDT by Old Professer (The critic writes with rapier pen, dips it twice, then writes again.)
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To: Darnright
Gee, so Aesop’s tale of the Goose That Laid the Golden Egg is actually based in fact? Who would have guessed?

Unfortunately, our own goose is in its death throes, too. Or damned close.

34 posted on 07/03/2010 9:49:11 AM PDT by Charles Martel ("Endeavor to persevere...")
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra
Posters are saying the people are lazy, and not working. ..... Really don’t have enough info to tell.

Socialistic systems are notorious for cultivating the lazy, corrupt and incompetent. That's all the info you need to know.

35 posted on 07/03/2010 9:51:04 AM PDT by Donald Rumsfeld Fan (Sarah Palin "the Thrilla from Wasilla")
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To: Alas Babylon!
The world we live in truly sucks, and the modern powers-that-be are as bad as anything they've railed about.

So much in this world could be set right with but a single box of rifle cartridges.

36 posted on 07/03/2010 9:51:28 AM PDT by Charles Martel ("Endeavor to persevere...")
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To: Alas Babylon!; Tigerized; Donald Rumsfeld Fan

I know about all the horror stories. I follow all the threads here, and in the news about that country. That’s why I mentioned “the Horror stories” in my last sentence.
But,,, the article clearly states that the farms are now growing “maize” instead of coffee. That may be because of the starvation going on there. Can’t eat coffee beans, but you can stay alive eating corn. Sure, you can sell the coffee beans, but with their inflation running rampant, how much can you buy with the devalued currency?


37 posted on 07/03/2010 10:25:33 AM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: george76

Rhodesia, a lesson of the need for aggressive parasite control.


38 posted on 07/03/2010 10:36:21 AM PDT by Dr.Zoidberg (Warning: Sarcasm/humor is always engaged. Failure to recognize this may lead to misunderstandings.)
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To: george76
the chaotic land reform exercise that reduced coffee growing estates to four from 120.

I realize that many people (including some here) will take racial implications from the current course of events...but in fact events in Zimbabwe are closely paralleling what happened in Russia, and would happen in ANY country that collectivizes itself.

39 posted on 07/03/2010 10:51:13 AM PDT by denydenydeny ("Why should I feed pirates?"--Russian officer off Somalia)
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To: Artemis Webb
Many parts of Africa produce excellent coffee. This is a real shame and everybody has suffered because of Robert Mugabe’s twisted and evil concept of “social justice”.

Mugabe is a wretched, horrible, despicable person. But he, in and of himself didn't cause the problem. If Mugabe were to leave office he would be replaced by someone just as bad, probably one of his parasite aids.

No the problems run back to the changes in government from a group who knew how to run a country to a group that doesn't have a clue. This group that put Mugabe in power doesn't have clue on how to run anything and that's why the country is going to hell in a handcart. Some would claim it's already there.

I wonder where all the good liberal do-gooders are now? You know those people who cheered on the changes in Rhodesia all those years. These fools predicted that Rhodesia would become a paradise once it became Zimbabwe. Where are they now? Why doesn't someone interview these people? Some of them are still around. What happened to the wonderful country of Zimbabwe? Let's hear some answers from the good liberals.
40 posted on 07/03/2010 11:00:36 AM PDT by truthguy (Good intentions are not enough.)
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To: george76
Why don't we hear more about what's going on in Zimbabwe from the MSM?

Well I think we all know the answer to that. Where are all those good liberals who cheered on the changes in Rhodesia? Please somebody ask them what went wrong? How come the paradise they predicted never came about?

This is what makes me most angry. The MSM couldn't do enough stories about Rhodesia when Ian Smith was PM. It was on the news night after night. It was the outside world who forced the changes in what WAS a beautiful country. But now that things have imploded, the MSM is not to be seen. There are some stories in the British Press but the American Media is not to be found. What cowards the MSM are.
41 posted on 07/03/2010 11:10:43 AM PDT by truthguy (Good intentions are not enough.)
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To: george76
Why don't we hear more about what's going on in Zimbabwe from the MSM?

Well I think we all know the answer to that. Where are all those good liberals who cheered on the changes in Rhodesia? Please somebody ask them what went wrong? How come the paradise they predicted never came about?

This is what makes me most angry. The MSM couldn't do enough stories about Rhodesia when Ian Smith was PM. It was on the news night after night. It was the outside world who forced the changes in what WAS a beautiful country. But now that things have imploded, the MSM is not to be seen. There are some stories in the British Press but the American Media is not to be found. What cowards the MSM are.
42 posted on 07/03/2010 11:10:49 AM PDT by truthguy (Good intentions are not enough.)
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To: george76
...AfricaWinsAgain
43 posted on 07/03/2010 12:20:36 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Chode

“Site Closed”


44 posted on 07/03/2010 10:49:54 PM PDT by happygrl (Continuing to predict that 0bama will resign)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

“That may be because of the starvation going on there.”

Good point as to why they’re growing corn instead of coffee, starvation sure has a way of changing priorities. I’m no farmer, and I can’t presume why some crops are grown instead of others, but the shift from continuing with an established, marketable cash crop to one that is intended just for domestic consumption is pretty telling.

When the old farmers were run out of the country, they took a lot of knowledge with them. And it takes, what? A decade or so to re-establish coffee growing for export? I hope the people of Zimbabwe can wait that long...


45 posted on 07/04/2010 3:24:53 AM PDT by Tigerized (pursuingliberty.com)
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To: george76

who drinks African coffee anyway?


46 posted on 07/04/2010 3:35:05 AM PDT by rrrod (at home in Medellin Colombia)
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To: Tigerized

I think the article said at least 4 years before getting any beans. So yo’re probably right saying ten years before a real profit can be made.


47 posted on 07/04/2010 4:08:38 AM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: happygrl
didn't know that, thx...
48 posted on 07/04/2010 5:18:51 AM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: happygrl

try this cashed link... it works

http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:uaAr5nsMPB4J:www.theothersideofkim.com/index.php/essays/36/+kim+dutoit+africa+wins+again&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us&client=firefox-a


49 posted on 07/04/2010 5:23:24 AM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: rrrod
I do. I appreciate Zambian coffee. I'm trying to finger out how it works with: Sumatra Costa Rican (non pea-body) Kona Ethripreoprian Jamacain Blue Mountain
50 posted on 07/04/2010 5:38:57 AM PDT by raygun
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