One last hoorah for Follow the Bean at the Classy Awards in San Diego (note the red carpet). Yaphet and Jacob, wish you could have been there.

You know that trip we took to Honduras with some friends to follow coffee production? Well, our Follow the Bean documentary has made it to the final round of the biggest philanthropic award ceremony in the country! 

Vote for us as the Most Influential College Organization by following this link: http://classyawards.stayclassy.org/classy-awards/voting . Look for Follow the Bean and make sure to “submit” your vote to make it count. With your help, we could win 10k for Growers First.

The long-awaited final cut of the Follow the Bean documentary is here. Tell a friend.

A huge thank you goes out to everyone at Growers First for making this documentary possible, and to our friends in Siguatepeque and El Socorro de la Peñita for showing us the ins and outs of coffee production.

Annie Dillard, on caffeine and the writing life. 
I drank coffee in titrated doses. It was a tricky business, requiring the finely tuned judgment of a skilled anesthesiologist. There was a tiny range within which coffee was effective, short of which it was useless, and beyond which, fatal.

As promised, here’s the first cut of the Follow the Bean documentary that was shown at the Bands and Beans event. The final cut is still to come, but we wanted to whet your appetites.

We put on another party and screened the documentary from our trip to Honduras. Energy drinks and coffee were never in short supply. Some great bands, including Chicago-based Milano, kept things rolling for over four hours. To the Wheaton performers, many thanks - you all make these events!

Be on the look out for the posting of the documentary’s rough cut here.

For now, enjoy the photos.

Last semester the “Student Art Student Sound” concert and gallery showing was the first event where we sampled Growers First. The event was a huge success - people loved the coffee, so we did it again this semester. The turn out was great, and now we’ve come full circle. Here is to the overlap between art and coffee!

Pictures from this semester and several throwbacks to last:

We’ve been published!

The Wheaton Record featured our trip as its cover article in this week’s publication. Many thanks to Angelo Campos for his excellent article, and many more to Shayne Moore, Calumet Photographic, and Growers First for making it happen in the first place.

We’re back in Chicago, and today, undoubtedly, we’ll have a cup of coffee. Before this trip, we had absolutely no clue how much work goes into producing a product college students like us consume like we do our parent’s savings. Now, it’s clear that the journey a single bean takes, and, more importantly, the number of people involved in the process, should be valued at far more than a $1.75.

Having seen the steps necessary to produce coffee, and having witnessed the similarly numerous ways the people involved can be disenfranchised, we’re grateful for the vision of Growers First, the coffee company with which we traveled. The heart of the people behind GF is to give the small, subsistence level farmer—living beyond the reach of other coffee certifiers and unable to get her coffee to market—a fair wage for her labor. They implement programs that allow the farmer access to improve her standard of living through her own enterprise; by buying a bag of GF coffee and scanning the label, one can witness the change his or her purchase has on that farmer and her community.

We look forward to compiling all our footage from this past week to produce a video of what it looked like to follow our coffee from crop to cup. The video, and any further ripples from this trip, will be posted here.

Thanks for following us as we followed the bean!

Pic: In front of LAX at the end of our trip

We’re back in Chicago, and today, undoubtedly, we’ll have a cup of coffee. Before this trip, we had absolutely no clue how much work goes into producing a product college students like us consume like we do our parent’s savings. Now, it’s clear that the journey a single bean takes, and, more importantly, the number of people involved in the process, should be valued at far more than a $1.75.
Having seen the steps necessary to produce coffee, and having witnessed the similarly numerous ways the people involved can be disenfranchised, we’re grateful for the vision of Growers First, the coffee company with which we traveled. The heart of the people behind GF is to give the small, subsistence level farmer—living beyond the reach of other coffee certifiers and unable to get her coffee to market—a fair wage for her labor. They implement programs that allow the farmer access to improve her standard of living through her own enterprise; by buying a bag of GF coffee and scanning the label, one can witness the change his or her purchase has on that farmer and her community.
We look forward to compiling all our footage from this past week to produce a video of what it looked like to follow our coffee from crop to cup. The video, and any further ripples from this trip, will be posted here.
Thanks for following us as we followed the bean!
Pic: In front of LAX at the end of our trip

We have followed the bean from crop to cup, and now all we have left to do is brew it.