Jeremy Ramsey’s photo of freshly-picked coffee cherries will be on the auction block Nov. 16.
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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.
The evening begins with a coffee tasting and flavor profile of Warrior Coffee at Alabaster Coffee and Tea Co. (400 Pine St.), led by a team of coffee connoisseurs. Participants will move on to Moon & Raven Public House (155 W. Fourth St.) for an entrée created exclusively for the event: Warrior Coffee-encrusted Faroe Islands salmon. The final stop is down the road at Peter Herdic House (407 W. Fourth St.) for a Warrior Coffee cheesecake with chocolate shortbread crust and chocolate-espresso toffee.
Dinner-goers can also enjoy a handcrafted cocktail that highlights the distinctive attributes of Warrior Coffee (at an extra charge) while enjoying original photography and a talk by Herdic House November artist of the month and associate professor of chemistry at Lycoming College, Jeremy Ramsey, who visits the DR annually to perform water quality and coffee testing. Next is an auction of two of Ramsey’s framed photos and a 60kg bag of green coffee beans from the DR. The highest bidder will also win the opportunity to work with the experts at Alabaster to roast the green coffee beans into a unique brew. Professional designer Lynn Estomin will help to create a custom bag and label for the new coffee roast for an exclusive holiday gift that can’t be topped!
Tickets to all three events can be purchased for $55 and comes with exclusive samples of Warrior Coffee microlots. All are welcome to make one or more stops at any of these locations on a pay-as-you-go basis.
For those unable to join the festivities on Nov. 16, bags of Warrior Coffee will be for sale at Alabaster; Moon & Raven’s coffee encrusted Faroe Islands salmon will be available from Nov. 16-Dec. 16; Warrior Coffee Cheesecake and handcrafted coffee cocktail will be at Peter Herdic House during the month of November. For every coffee entrée sold from Nov. 16-Dec. 16, Moon & Raven will donate $2 to the Warrior Coffee Project, and Herdic House will donate $1.50 for every dessert and $2 for every cocktail sold during November.
Ticket purchase and a detailed schedule of events is available at http://www.lycoming.edu/coffeeforacause.
“A lot of people in Williamsport have heard of Warrior Coffee, but aren’t quite sure what the project is about and how it benefits the community,” said Caroline Payne, Ph.D., associate professor of political science and director of the Warrior Coffee Project. “This progressive dinner will be a fun way to taste and learn all about the program and the effect it has on the local and global economies, and to directly support the people involved, many of whom will be in attendance that evening, talking to our coffee drinkers and diners.”
Since 2013, Lycoming College ventures in the Dominican Republic have continued to provide students with real-world opportunities in which they can apply what they’ve learned about responsible, sustainable development to help a community in need. The purchase of Warrior Coffees supports educational opportunities for Lycoming College students to study and conduct research in the developing world. Students from all majors have the chance to learn the science of growing coffee while designing and implementing community and economic development projects relevant to their major. Learn more at https://www.lycoming.edu/coffee/.
The 60kg bag that will be auctioned off on Nov. 16 for the highest bidder to roast and personally label at Alabaster Coffee and Tea Co.
International Development Fellow Brittney Gross ’18 helped to shepherd the 2018 coffee crop through the export cycle and to Williamsport, Pa.
Green coffee beans are examined before roasting.
Jose Martinez (left) poses with entrepreneur Rady Ramirez after purchasing a pico solar system.
Jeremy Ramsey’s photo showing the cooking shack at night will be put up for auction on Nov. 16.
For the first time ever, members of the El Naranjito Association and the San Rafael Cooperative have bags featuring their own labels.