Q&A: Coffee with a Cause

Global Visionaries is partnering with Kuma Coffee to bring you a new coffee experience! Don’t miss out on our coffee tasting at our Open House event on Tuesday, August 27. In case you are curious about our new gourmet coffee, this post may answer some of your questions.

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Q: Where is the coffee from?

It is sourced via direct trade from small farmers in Antigua, Guatemala. The coffee is harvested in the Hunapu farms, nestled among three massive volcanoes in the central highlands of the Antigua region of Guatemala. Grown at elevations from 1500 to 1800 meters above sea level and dried on patios under the Antigua sun, this coffee is then medium roasted in small batches at Kuma Coffee in Seattle.

Q: What is special about it?

This craftsman-style coffee comes not only with an intense, complex flavor, but also with a cause. It benefits the people who grow, roast, and sell it.

Farmers from the Hunapu farms get more share in the profit through direct trade by cutting out the middle man. The coffee is then imported and sold by youth in Seattle. All additional proceeds go directly to Seattle youth programs.

Q: What is shade-grown?

Shade-grown coffee is produced from coffee plants grown under a canopy of assorted types of shade trees. It is a sustainable and self-maintained agricultural system, as it incorporates principles of natural ecology.

Q: Who is Kuma Coffee?

Kuma Coffee is a Northwest local coffee roaster, specializing in small batch, precision roasting. Kuma’s process is done entirely by hand, from picking coffee cherries, to individually bagging roasted coffee. They carry coffee from Ethiopia, Guatemala, El Salvador and more.

Q: How does small batch roasting work?

The small batch method, or precision roasting, consistently reproduces the optimized flavor profile of each whole bean by detecting specific and unique roast pinpoints for each bean. This ensures consistency of flavor (balance, body, aroma and finish) from batch to batch.

Q: What is the impact of this partnership?

Through taking part in coffee harvesting and working alongside coffee farmers in Guatemala, Global Visionaries youth experience what it takes to create each bag of coffee. They gain insights on the coffee process from farms to stores and see the impact of consumer choices. Additionally, proceeds go directly to support GV youth who are fundraising for a cultural immersion experience in Guatemala.

(Photo by MeltedMoments)


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