Barista Nation was AWESOME!! Virtuoso staffers Savannah, Sarah, Alice, and Lauren road tripped up to the Curtis Warehouse in LA to attend this amazing convention. They nerded out on espresso technique, the single cup brewer, toddy, water quality, women in coffee careers, SCAA technical jargon, and much more! Throwdown at the end of the day was exciting and baristas mingled all throughout the day. Come into the cafe to ask our girls about their experience and what they learned!Read More
October is Fair Trade Month and we would like to celebrate by honoring our farmers from which we buy fair trade coffee! Please look to the coffees with the Fair Trade symbol on our bags and support fair trade all month, and all year round!
Fair Trade means buying commodities at a slightly higher rate per unit in order to provide a livable wage to producers. In our case, this means paying more per pound of coffee beans to our fabulous farmers who work so hard to grow organically, harvested-with-love coffee beans.
Your dollars are going to these countries…Guatemala, Honduras, Costa Rica, Peru, Brazil, Ethiopia, & Indonesia. The extra money goes to creating schools, building hospitals, sponsoring new sustainable farming tools and techniques, etc. Virtuoso purchased 75% of its beans this year through Fair Trade channels and hopes to continue the sustainability trend!
Barista girls Sarah, Alice, Vanessa, and Lauren adventured up to Los Angeles for the Western Food Expo to watch the Barista Espresso Competition and tried out a couple competitors cafes! So much fun! Our vendor, Curtis that supplies us with incredible brewing equipment, helped sponsor our staffers on their adventure. Thanks Curtis!Read More