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Caroline Payne in University Business

Caroline Payne created the Warrior Coffee Project to provide hands-on experience in sustainable development and international trade. Read about how the COVID-19 pandemic has reinforced what higher education professionals have known for a long time—that a global education is essential because it prepares students for the interdependent world in which we now live.

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Caroline Payne article in Times Higher Education

Institutions should use the pause enforced by the pandemic to rethink their priorities in sending students abroad, says Caroline L. Payne.

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Warrior Coffee sales and virtual tasting event deliver economic relief for farmers

Lycoming College is marking today — International Coffee Day — as the jumping off point for a month-long celebration of coffee and fundraising initiatives. For the month of October, the College’s Warrior Coffee Program has pledged to boost support for Warrior Coffee farmers to help sustain them during the COVID-19 pandemic. Included in these efforts are a virtual coffee tasting event and increased contributions from sales of Warrior Coffee through the Alabaster Coffee Roaster and Tea Co. website.

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Lycoming College’s Warrior Coffee Project celebrates harvest with progressive dinner, auction

Three distinct events on Nov. 16 will enable the Lycoming College and Williamsport communities to discover all there is to know about the brew that is making waves locally. Participants in a progressive dinner event in Williamsport — “Coffee for a Cause” — will have the opportunity to look at the College’s Warrior Coffee from different perspectives, and gain a deeper understanding for and appreciation of all that the Warrior Coffee Project does for farmers and their families in the Dominican Republic, and for Lycoming College students and the surrounding communities.

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Celebrity chef Jay Ducote to lecture on entrepreneurship at Lycoming College

Jay Ducote, runner-up on the 11th season of Food Network Star, will address the Lycoming College and Williamsport communities as the inaugural speaker of the College’s entrepreneurship lecture series. The event will take place April 24, 7 p.m., at the Community Arts Center in downtown Williamsport.

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Lycoming College Set to Launch Warrior Gold, Announce Partnerships with Alabaster Coffee, Wegmans

Lycoming College will launch its first 100 percent Dominican coffee from the El Naranjito region, Warrior Gold, at an open house event on Friday, Sept. 15, 5-7 p.m., at Alabaster Coffee Roaster & Tea Co., 400 Pine St. in Williamsport. The College is also announcing partnerships that localize this truly global effort: Alabaster will now roast Warrior Coffee — just a few blocks from the Lycoming campus — as well as package the coffee to sell at the Lycoming College bookstore, at the local Wegmans supermarket, and for Rusty Rail Brewing Company to use in its Wolf King Warrior Coffee Stout. In addition to local partners, runner-up on Season 11 of Food Network Star and entrepreneur Jay Ducote will sell the beans, roasted by Baton Rouge-based Cafeciteaux Coffee Roasters, under his “JayD’s” label.

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Shade and elevation bring out distinct qualities of coffee beans grown in the Dominican Republic

The location of coffee bushes grown on mountain slopes and the amount of shade they receive during the growing season create variations of taste in brewed coffee. How the beans are harvested and processed also affect its taste.

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Owner of coffee farm and import business to share insights about global markets

Benjamin Weiner, J.D., founder of Gold Mountain Coffee Growers, will discuss trade practices on the global coffee market during a presentation at Lycoming College on Nov. 3 at 7:30 p.m. Along with the presentation, the public is welcome to join the speaker and the College community for a reception that begins at 6:30 p.m. The reception and presentation will be held in the Mary L. Welch Honors Hall and are free and open to the public.

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Lycoming College opens new U.S. markets for Dominican Republic coffee

New U.S. markets for Lycoming College’s Warrior Blue coffee prompted faculty and staff to purchase eight 100-pound bags of coffee from the coffee farms in the Dominican Republic during a trip in May. The new retail markets represent a significant growth since last year, when the group purchased only one bag for its newest line of coffees.

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From fungus to tree tops, Lycoming College students to learn about the art of sustainable coffee growing

Nearly a dozen Lycoming College students will once again be advancing the cause of small coffee growers in the Dominican Republic during a nearly 3-week trip in May. With their help, coffee growers on the tropical island will continue their efforts to farm sustainably by planting shade trees that improve the quality of coffee and provide them with secondary products to sell including cacao and macadamia nuts. Students also will help them improve record-keeping, perform tests to determine water quality, improve access to clean water, and purchase and plant new varietals of coffee plants.

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