Coffee with a conscience by Maree  Clarkson

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The next time you’re ordering your favourite morning cuppaccino, spare a thought for the planet. Here’s why.

Most of us are aware of climate change, but don’t always understand its far-reaching effects. Woolworths set out to change this when it undertook an expedition to Kilimanjaro in January.

“Climate change is one of the four pillars of our Good Business Journey,” explains Woolworths Good Business Journey manager, Justin Smith. “Global warming results in increasing average air and ocean temperatures, and melting snow and ice. In Africa, Kilimanjaro’s melting ice cap is one of the most visible indicators of global warming.”

The aim of the expedition, which was led and filmed by respected guide Sean Wisedale, was to raise awareness of climate change and its effect on coffee farmers in Tanzania – the farmers who grow the organic coffee Woolworths sells in its cafés.

Smith explains: “Kilimanjaro’s melting ice cap is directly threatening Tanzania’s coffee farmers, who are reliant on the glacier melt for water. These organic farmers grow their coffee under the shady forest canopies on the slopes of the mountain, which means that once the ice disappears, there will be less water for their crops.”

Climatologist and 50:50 presenter Simon Gear joined the expedition, along with South African Champion Barista, Ishan Natalie, and a team of passionate coffee and environmental enthusiasts. When the team reached the summit, they used water from the melting glacier to make a symbolic iced coffee drink.

The drink – minus the glacier water – was launched in Woolworths Cafés (South Africa) on 18 January 2011. It costs R16.
Taken from Woolworths TasteMag

A mystery wrapped in brown,
A fragile enigma,
Enveloping the senses,
With the earthy steam
Of a bean.
The mind wrapped in warmth,
The essence of dark roast,
Heating from within,
The senses thrill,
With every lingering
Sniff of the aroma
In the mug

- by Drew K.

  1. 7th November 2011 – FEATURED in The Art of Still Life
  2. 21st April 2013 – FEATURED in Earth – Our home in ‘Women Painters’


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I am a watercolorist living on my little piece of African soil in Tarlton, Gauteng, South Africa. The inspiration for my art is the wonderfully rich variety of Fauna and Flora to be found throughout this beautiful country.
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    LESLEY Bover 2 years ago

    WOW absolutly brilliant, fantastic paint, amazing write and thank you for bringing this to our attention Maree … xox Lesley xox …

  • Oh wow Lesley, SO pleased you like it! Thank you for your lovely words and also the fav, really appreciate that!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • AngieDavies
    AngieDaviesover 2 years ago

    Very interesting information Maree and a great watercolor! Mmmm! Looks so delicious!

  • Thanks ever so much Angie! It’s that Flaky on top that I’m always after! And thanks for the fav, much appreciated!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Elizabeth Kendall
    Elizabeth Kendallover 2 years ago

    My mond water nou sommer!!
    Lovely work Maree and great info, well done!!

  • Wanneer ontmoet ons by ‘n Woolies Café…? Ek is SO lus vir daai Flaky! Smaail! Thank you very much for the fav, that’s great!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Ann  Palframan
    Ann Palframanover 2 years ago

    Love this one, Maree! (Wish we had a Woolies Cafe in our dorpie!!)

  • Thanks Ann. My closest one is at Clearwater Shopping Mall in Roodepoort, quite a drive but worth it!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Karen  Betts
    Karen Bettsover 2 years ago

    THANK YOU FOR SUBMITTING YOUR WORK TO The Tools Group 2 per day.

  • Evita
    Evitaover 2 years ago

    Beautiful work.. Congratulations on your feature !!
    November 7th, 2011 ***FEATURES***

  • This is so fabulous Evita! Thank you for the feature, much appreciated!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Madalena Lobao-Tello
    Madalena Lobao...over 1 year ago

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  • Thank you for the feature Madalena, greatly appreciated!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Elizabeth Kendall
    Elizabeth Kendallover 1 year ago

    Maree, veels geluk met die erkennings!! Te mooi!!

  • Baie dankie Liz, heerlik om daai mooi blad met jou te deel!

    – Maree Clarkson

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