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!

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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.Fair Trade Map 2012

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!


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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!

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Our Monin Mixology Party was a hit! Fun times had by all.  Our Monin mixologist created specialty cocktails using elderberry, cucumber, smoked bacon, whiskey, and tons of other delicious fall flavors.  Urban Kitchen Catering put together an incredible spread of appetizers and Charger tickets were raffled off and won by Jason of Jason’s Courtyard!

For fall recipes that were featured at the event, click here.

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