Last month we introduced you to our new initiative Community Cups: Small Beans. Big Impact. Spinning out of our Dollar Drip Days program, Community Cups is a way to connect with and support the people and organizations working within our communities to create positive impacts. Every month our roast team will bring you a unique coffee or blend with $1 from every bag sold donated to a different community partner. For the month of January we are excited to announce our collaboration with Nourish NS to bring you School Days.
Founded in 2012, Nourish NS is a non-profit supporting healthy food environments for children and youth. They work collaboratively alongside schools and community partners in Nova Scotia to foster healthy eating programs and positive relationships with food. In addition to supporting school food programs through leadership, resources and capacity-building, Nourish works at a provincial level to advocate for federal investment in a Canada-wide school program. Nourish programs aim to bridge gaps between local farmers, schools and families; connect Nova Scotians to their local food producers; and promote food literacy and skills through various educational programs, including cooking programs and food gardens. You can even find some tasty recipes on their website to try after your next trip to the farmer’s market!
As for the beans? The Java Blend Roasting team, led by Liz Bishop, has put together a special blend of two coffees. Sourced from farmers co-ops in Colombia and Ethiopia, School Days is a post-roast medium blend with notes of caramel, citrus and sugar cane. The beans are roasted separately and blended afterward to bring out the best in both and to create a blend that is balanced and complimentary. We’re even bridging similar gaps in the coffee community here: the Colombian beans are from the second container we’ve ever brought directly to Halifax from their origin point. We’re making Java Blend history here people.
And finally, we will also be hosting Community Cups Day at our café on January 14th in celebration of the National Day of Education. All proceeds from drip coffee sales will be donated to Nourish NS.
We look forward to sharing this amazing coffee with you!