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COFFEE MEETS WATER SPOTLIGHT: LA Coffee Club

We’re so excited to have several coffee companies partner with us for Coffee Meets Water! We’ll be highlighting one each week during the campaign, so stay tuned to see what they have to say about coffee, water, and life!

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First up is LA Coffee Club! Founded in 2011 by Adam Scott Paul and Antone Hall, the goal of LA Coffee Club is to introduce a wider audience to local roasters in Los Angeles by offering an affordable monthly coffee subscription. We got Adam to answer a few of our questions – even though he’s currently on a trip in Amsterdam! Read below to see what he had to say!

Adam @ TEDxUSC - photo by Rios Enriquez via lacoffeeclub.com

Adam @ TEDxUSC – photo by Rios Enriquez via lacoffeeclub.com

Q: Hi Adam! Tell us a little bit about LA Coffee Club.

A: LA Coffee Club is a subscription service that delivers unbelievably fresh, locally roasted coffee – directly to your door. Every week, we feature a different local roaster – highlighting the best brews LA has to offer.

Q: How do you choose the coffee roasters you work with?

A: Since January 2012, we’ve been rotating through a list of about 40 roasters and have been letting each roaster pick the coffee they like most to feature, though that’s all about to change. I’m happy to announce a new program we are rolling out this fall called Roaster In Residence, along with our brand new space in Culver City called The Subscription Room – it’s pretty much a members only Club House!

We will be hosting quarterly reviews of all our roasters offerings and cupping each coffee out in order to find only the best of the best coffees & roasters.

Photo via lacoffeeclub.c

Photo via lacoffeeclub.com

Q: Have you done any coffee- specific travel? If so, what are some of your favorite destinations and why? 

A: I’ve yet to travel to origin, but I’ve gone on a few adventures across the US and abroad in search of other local roasters. At the time of this writing, I’m in Amsterdam – which is going through a similar transformation around specialty coffee. Coffee shops all around the city are either buying or have bought roasters and have begun roasting their own coffee – it’s really an exciting time to be a coffee lover!!

Q: What’s your favorite type of coffee?

A: Freshly roasted coffee is my favorite. The flavor begins to dissipate after about 2 weeks and all that goodness fades away. I’m usually a fan of Naturally processed Ethiopian Coffee – they are fruit forward and quite unique.

Q: How important is access to clean water in regards to coffee?

A: It is said that coffee passes through the hands of about 32 people before arriving at your door or in your cup. Every one of those people along the supply chain rely on access to clean water in order to survive.

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Q: Why did you decide to partner with us for Coffee Meets Water (for 2 years in a row!)?

A: Providing access to clean water in coffee producing countries won’t just help improve the quality of their coffee – it will provide opportunities for those people to grow and thrive. And that feels pretty great! We feel so honored to be even just a small part of such a driven organization!

Thanks so much Adam! Learn more about LA Coffee Club here and Coffee Meets Water here

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COFFEE MEETS WATER: Guatemala

We so excited to launch Coffee Meets Water for the second year in a row! Last year we fixed broken water wells in Ethiopia; this year we’re focusing on another coffee-producing community… in Guatemala!

The majority of homes and schools in the coffee-producing community of Acatenango lack clean and safe drinking water. We all know how important water is for great tasting coffee and for LIFE, so our goal for this year is to provide clean drinking water in Acatenango, starting with 7 schools that educate over 1,700 students (the children of the hardworking coffee farmers!).

We’re kicking things off with our own take on Shark Tank — with younger, cuter judges! Watch below to see what the judges of Guppy Tank think about how to get clean water!

So, what can YOU do?

  • Read all about our campaign on Indiegogo, then share! Use #CoffeeMeetsWater and tag us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!
  • Donate! Just $5 covers the cost of clean water for one child – YES, you read that right. Then refer 3 friends and we’ll add a surprise perk for you as a thank you!

So, you heard it: the guppies are all in! Are YOU?  Let’s get clean water flowing. 

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I Made ‘COFFEE MEETS WATER’ Happen: Meet Marcus!

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We’re excited to introduce you to Marcus, another one of our Coffee Meets Water supporters! Marcus is an Aircraft Mechanic in Vacaville, CA who likes history, economics, and fishing (although he doesn’t like eating fish!).

We asked him a few questions, and want to share his answers with you!

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Q: Hey, Marcus! As you know, the name of this campaign was Coffee Meets Water. You told us you drink coffee – but how do you like it?

A: I like it with a LOT of sugar, and some cream. Sweet is good!

Q: What do you love to do in your free time?

A: I love being outside – geocaching, camping, hiking and anything that will take me outdoors.

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Q: What’s something interesting about you that not a lot of people know?

A: I have a dog named YOLO.

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Q: Before donating to this campaign, you told us that you did a lot of research into the cause and the project’s needs. What made you finally decide to support Coffee Meets Water?

A: I’ve always wanted to volunteer in Ethiopia, but haven’t had the chance. The idea of helping so many people with a simple donation really didn’t seem like too much to ask and it seemed like the benefits definitely outweighed the amount of money. When I received the thank you card and photos from the kids and families that my donation helped, I knew I’d do it again.

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Thank you so much, Marcus! Interested in learning more about our water projects around the world? Visit our website here. And to see how our Coffee Meets Water campaign helped thousands get access to clean water, watch our video here.

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I Made ‘COFFEE MEETS WATER’ Happen: Meet Jenn!

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Last fall, we launched a campaign called Coffee Meets Water, to fix broken water wells in Sidama, Ethiopia, the largest coffee-producing region in the country. In this community (and in many around the world), women and children walk hours each day to dirty rivers and streams to collect water for cooking, drinking, and cleaning.

But thanks to our amazing supporters, we were able to reach our campaign’s goal and not only fix broken wells in Sidama, but also teach the local community residents how to fix them in the future!

We’re excited to highlight some of our Coffee Meets Water campaign supporters, because without them, bringing clean water to over 2,000 people in Sidama couldn’t have been possible!

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Meet Jenn, an attorney clerk and student at California State University, Los Angeles. She loves traveling, movies, and is studying Criminal Justice with the goal of becoming an FBI Investigator! We asked her a few questions to learn more about her and what compelled her to join our cause!

Q: Hey, Jenn! As you know, this campaign is called Coffee Meets Water, so we have to ask the most obvious question: do you drink coffee? 

A: I used to never like the taste of coffee. When I was in 6th grade, my best friend’s grandparents offered us black coffee on a camping trip. Who offers black, cheap camping coffee to an eleven year old?! I remember being scarred by the taste, and never wanting to go near the stuff again. When I got older, I gave it a second chance, and now I love it! And not even the really sweet kind. I never knew real, authentic coffee could taste so delicious!

Q: What do you love to do in your free time?   

A: Traveling is by far my biggest passion in life! When I’m feeling stagnant, I like to go online and look up random flights and fantasize about all the places I dream about visiting one day. I love meeting random people, sharing stories with them, laughing, and coming home with memories that I will treasure forever. I love to explore and learn about different cultures that I would never be able to experience if I were to otherwise stay at home all the time.

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Q: What’s something interesting about you that not a lot of people know?  

My dream is to be the leader of an international campaign against human trafficking. Sometimes I think it’s a farfetched dream, but then I think about all the incredible people who have made such an impact in this world and I realize that I have just the same potential as they did! I know I have a long way to go, but since beginning my studies, I’ve wanted to do something about the international sex slave trade. It’s a crime that has been happening for years, millions of victims are voiceless, and it’s almost like we don’t realize that it’s even happening. I think about the women, children, and men that cry and pray and beg for someone to help them and I want to be that person who saves them! Putting a complete end to human trafficking may seem like an impossible dream for one girl from California to conquer, but deep down inside I tell myself that it’s possible. I don’t tell a lot of people about this dream because they will probably think I’m crazy. But that’s how my teachers have inspired me: be crazy enough to dream and aspire to accomplish things in life that you’ve always wanted.

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Q: Lastly, why did you decide to support our Coffee Meets Water campaign?

A: My friend, Jake Kilroy, posted the Coffee Meets Water campaign video on his Facebook page, and I remember being instantly intrigued by the campaign. When I read more about the broken wells in Ethiopia and the villages that I had the potential to help, I knew without a doubt that I wanted to participate.

My monetary donation seemed like a minuscule effort in comparison to the big picture. I’m just a girl who typed in her credit card info, hoping to help out. And let me just say, I would do it ten times over again! Getting that photo of everyone gathered around the well with my name on it gave me the biggest feeling of gratification. I almost started to cry, I was so happy to see everyone’s smiling faces! Thank you for giving me the opportunity to be a part of such an amazing campaign effort.

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No, thank YOU, Jenn, for your support and compassion! Interested in learning more about our water projects? Visit our website here, and watch the highlights of our Coffee Meets Water trip here.

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#CoffeeMeetsWater: An Evening of Photography & Film

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In support of World Water Day, which is celebrated annually on March 22nd, we held a special event on March 19th  to showcase photography and film from our most recent trip to Sidama, Ethiopia.  On this trip, in partnership with Let it Flow, we repaired broken water wells for thousands of people, and taught the local communities how to maintain and fix them on their own in the future.

Did you know that 783 million people worldwide do not have access to clean and safe water, and that 43 million of them live in Ethiopia? Through our photography and film exhibit, we were able to share the journey that the people of Sidama faced to restore clean water, so that over 2,000 people in their community no longer have to walk hours to collect water from  dirty rivers and streams.

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Held at The G2 Gallery in Venice, CA, the evening consisted of drinks, light bites, and coffee from one of our campaign partners Demitasse! And special thanks to our friends at Pop Art Snacks and Yum Yum Donuts Lynwood for their contributions of insanely delicious gourmet popcorn and tasty donut holes that perfectly complimented our film screening and coffee station.

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And a HUGE thank you to our partners 925 FILMS and See Mimi Go for their truly amazing film and photography. To see more of Mimi’s photos, visit her on Instagram; and see the film here:

Check out some of the fun photos our guests took throughout the evening and at the photo booth, and follow along on Instagram and #CoffeeMeetsWater to see more photos!

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Want to learn more about our water projects around the world? Click here to help bring clean drinking water to thousands of more people throughout Ethiopia, Zambia, Malawi and Chad.

 

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