Cof­fee farm­ers at the heart of com­edy show

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

Co­me­di­ans Michele A’Court and Jeremy El­wood are se­ri­ous about fair trade cof­fee.

The funny pair is host­ing a com­edy lunch with Fair­trade Aus­tralia and New Zealand to share the ex­pe­ri­ence of meet­ing the farm­ers who grow our cof­fee in the moun­tains of Pa­pua New Guinea.

In Oc­to­ber last year the cou­ple spent four days in the Morobe prov­ince of Pa­pua New Guinea vis­it­ing some of the nine vil­lages that make up the Nek­nasi Cof­fee Grow­ers Co­op­er­a­tive.

They were both over­whelmed by the labour in­ten­sive process in har­vest­ing and dry­ing the beans which then need to be car­ried in bags weigh­ing 50 kilo­grams through rough ter­rain.

Fairly Funny is run­ning as part of the NZ In­ter­na­tional Com­edy Fes­ti­val and will launch Fair Trade Fort­night to bring aware­ness to a se­ri­ous is­sue with some laughs.

It will be held at Ran­gatira, Q the­atre, on May 3 from noon.

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