Written by Mark Wu - 2012:
Taste of Colombia started not as a quaint, South American
style café perched on Bronte pier in west Oakville,
but as a dream of it’s founder and head barista, Yury Wu, Colombian native from
Medellin, when she created Fair Trade Colombia, it’s
parent company. “It came out of a need to get vulnerable communities to export
their products out of Colombia,”
says Yury. So, in 2008, Yury created her business online (www.fairtradecolombia.com)
with the hopes of giving the communities that need help most in Colombia, the
means to bring their goods into the Canadian market.
“Taste of Colombia is a place where I can put all my
passions together: Colombia,
coffee, music, social justice, equality, all things organic and fair trade,”
Yury launched Fair Trade Colombia while
working at home as a stay at home mom. Her husband was teaching full time, and
she was raising her three children. It wasn’t until 2012 that Taste of
Colombia, the ‘public face’ of Fair Trade Colombia, come into being.
Since February 2012, Taste of
Colombia has been bringing its Fair Trade, Shade Grown, Organic, Bird Friendly
Colombian and other specialty South and Central American coffees to Bronte.
From Taste of Colombia’s blog (www.tasteofcolombia.ca):
“I live in Bronte and I am thrilled you have opened your Colombian café. I was
last fall and I loved it!”
Yury wants her patrons to
“Smell the coffee, hear the music, see the vibrant colours, see Colombian
antiques and art pieces on display, and experience the friendly attitude of the
Colombian people.” She says, “The snacks are baked with quinoa, using exotic
Colombian fruits like guava, mango and passion fruit. My empanadas are a
typical Colombian snack served with aji, a special sauce, and filled with beef
and potato, made by Antojitos, the most famous Colombian bakery in Mississauga!”
But more importantly, Yury
wants to create a café that can also make a difference.
“Fair Trade means we are guaranteed that the producers we use are paid fairly
for their work. We celebrate World Fair Trade Day every year and are currently
working with various councilors and other eco friendly groups in the town of Oakville to push the initiative to certify Oakville as a Fair
Visit Yury and Taste of Colombia at 67 Bronte Rd, Unit #2 in Oakville.
As Yury says, “Come in for a
taste…a taste of Colombia!”
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"TASTE OF COLOMBIA"Fair Trade Coffee & Gift Shop 67 Bronte Road, Unit #2, Oakville, Ontario, L6L 3B7, Canada
*FREE parking on the Street or behind the unit at all times* If parked behind the unit - you may use back entrance. We are located on Bronte Road south of Lakeshore Road West; the entrance to the parking lot is on Marine Drive.
How are you celebrating World Fair Trade Day (WFTD) 2013 this May?
Fair Trade Colombia invites you to celebrate with us WFTD 2013 in our beautiful cafe in Oakville, Ontario, Canada.
This is an all day event where we will be distributing free fair trade materials, showing documentaries, talking about fair trade and giving FREE fair trade coffee and tea!
When: Wednesday, May 8 2013
Time: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Taste of Colombia - Fair Trade Coffee & Gift Shop 67 Bronte Road, Unit #2, Oakville, ON L6L 3B7
This is a worldwide celebration to educate consumers and producers around the globe. See more about it on these official websites: