My dear hubby and I recently made a road trip that included a week’s stay at a cute apartment in Lancaster, Pa. that we secured through Airbnb. I could probably talk endlessly about how cute it was and how nice our hosts were…but that’s not what I want to do today. Enough to say ( for now) that I highly recommend both Airbnb and Dennis and Alicia’s ” charming downtown cottage”, located above a very cute, artsy store.
Our hosts filled the fridge with lots of treats and provided a kitchen fully stocked with dishes, utensils etc. Most importantly, they had a coffee maker and coffee. Ah…my kind of people! I love coffee but this was not a brand I recognized, and I was going to have to use a vintage percolator coffee pot. Jeez, my mom used one of those! Me, I’m a Keurig kinda gal, so I made the first pot of brew in nervous anticipation.
First, the apartment filled with a wonderful aroma! Second, it looked dark and rich. My first taste was an absolute delight! Rich, full bodied…..delicious …..and probably one of the best cups of coffee I’ve ever had. Because I wanted to source this coffee so I could have it at home, I started researching it using the website on the package.
One Village Coffee, based in Pennsylvania, is a flourishing community of growers and roasters. The coffee has been seasonally harvested & roasted to order. “From the farmer who has been paid a fair wage, to the roaster (us) who has meticulously sourced and handcrafted each blend & single origin, to you the faithful coffee drinker: we are One Village. We are working together to better our families, the world, and ourselves.” (I’m quoting from the back of the package, which, by the way, is compostable).
After seeing their website, I became very interested in learning more about the source of this great coffee. Organic, fair trade certified….you’re pushing my buttons…I needed to know more.
Ketiara is actually a women lead coffee cooperative in Sumatra, started by a wife of a coffee bean grower in 2009, and had 38 members to start. ( woo hoo! You go girls!) They joined the Fair Trade movement in 2011 and restructured to only include the small farmers, not the big commercial enterprises. Their numbers are now around 1979 members and are all about making sure everyone involved in the growing and harvesting process receives fair treatment and compensation. The co-op sells the beans to a local exporter who wholesales to roasters like One Village,to roast and package,etc. and they now sell around 70 metric tons a year. That’s a lot of beans, I think! I am fascinated by this whole business….and love the notion that by buying this coffee, I am supporting women in their effort to provide a better life for their families. Empowering women, preserving the forests and the land, supporting families and educating everyone along the way….doesn’t it make the future for our children and grandkids seems brighter? Just saying….
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