All right, I admit it, I’m addicted to coffee. There is nothing like the aromatic allure when you open a fresh can or grind your own beans. The flavor caresses the tongue and the jolts the senses into awareness. Millions of people around the world agree with me. Coffee is the 2nd most traded commodity in the world, falling only a little behind oil.
There is a new restaurant in my town. It’s called Wraptitude. They serve organic foods wrapped in high fiber, low fat wraps. http://www.yelp.com/biz/wraptitude-welches. The food is amazing, fresh, wholesome, and satisfying. The coffee is, however, the best I’ve ever tasted. With reason.
Wraptitude uses exclusively coffee from Grounds for Change www.groundsforchange.com Fair Trade, Organic, shade grown, and carbon free (Carbon Life Cycle Analysis, the carbon emissions footprint is offset by donations to reforestation programs). Grounds for Change is a member of 1% of the planet as well. 1% of total sales is donated to non-profit environmental organizations.
Here’s their crop to cup chain to account measure and analyze carbon footprint:
1> Organic cultivation of coffee plant
2> Non-Mechanized harvest of coffee cherries
3> Pulping and washing of cherries (extract beans)
4> Sun drying of coffee beans
5> Transport of beans to dry mill for hulling
6> Burlap bags used to contain finished green coffee
7> Transport to port city in country of origin
8> Ocean transport from origin to US west coast ports
9> Warehousing in US port cities
10> Transport to Grounds for Change roaster
11> All energy used in roasting processes
12> All energy used in preparations and business travel
13> Coffee packaging materials, labels & shipping boxes
14> Transport of finished coffee to custome
What’s more The Wraptitude uses only Café Femenino Peru and Café Femenino Mexico. All of the coffee growers are women, members of a women’s cooperative.
Book View Café started out as a cooperative of science fiction and fantasy female writers—we’ve grown beyond that with additions of men and other genres—but I feel an affinity for these women coffee growers trying to carve a new and more prosperous place for themselves in a world dominated by men in a profession reserved almost exclusively to men. Sounds sorta like old school science fiction and fantasy publishing. As for the coffee, I love supporting the female cooperative, I also love the coffee. I highly recommend taking the time to seek out a local outlet and enjoy a truly fine cup of coffee while reading your latest book.
Phyllis Irene Radford is a founding member of the Book View Cafe. She has edited 5 anthologies for BVC with the help of a lot of coffee.