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Coffee Culture Series: Part I

More than ever, and sure to remain true moving forward, building a successful business has become increasingly tied to thinking sustainably. Though it can seem to just be a word or label placed on a product these days, there is no denying that this business model makes a difference on the bottom line; both for the business and for the planet.

The food and beverage industries are often on this cutting edge looking for ways to bring their market the best quality product using sustainable methods.

In Part 1 of our Coffee Culture Series focusing on coffee culture and sustainability, we look at Counter Culture Coffee’s “Sustainable Spring” initiative, which is free and open to the public. This month-long series of events is designed to educate, explore and raise awareness about sustainability and green living and will take place every Friday throughout March at 11:30am (following Counter Culture Coffee’s free, weekly public coffee cuppings at 10am).

During the month of March the following topics will be covered at Counter Culture’s Philadelphia Training Center (2149 Unit B Catharine St):

  • March 21 – CSA: what is it, why is it important? Casey Spacht of Lancaster Farm Fresh Cooperative. Casey is an organic farmer and member of LFFC. He will be talking about the perks of Community Supported Agriculture.
  • March 28 – Pollinators: Not Just Bee Business. Paul Dangel. Beekeeper and insect expert Paul Dangel will introduce other key insects (and animals) which are important contributors to pollination and why they are important to our food system.

Founded in 1995, Counter Culture Coffee is the much-loved coffee roaster dedicated to finding and bringing to market the most exciting and delicious coffees in the world. The company’s vision is to pursue coffee perfection by creating partnerships dedicated to environmental, social, and fiscal sustainability throughout the coffee chain, improving the natural environment and operating efficiently to minimize environmental impact. Counter Culture has eight training centers across the country including locations in New York; Chicago; Boston; Washington, D.C.; Philadelphia; Asheville, N.C.; Atlanta; and Durham, N.C., with a new training center and roastery set to open in Emeryville, CA, later this year. Served in some of the country’s top restaurants, Counter Culture Coffee is available in coffee shops, specialty grocers and online at counterculturecoffee.com.

Stay tuned coming up we will be talking to industry innovators, experts on sustainability, and visiting coffee shops for events like Latte Art Throwdowns happening in and around Philly.

Small Biz Yet Big Finds At Outpost

Walking into the warehouse that hosts Outpost, hosted by Three Potato Four, one may witness more waxed canvas hunting jackets than in an episode of Downtown Abby.  It was worth the fifteen minute drive to Manayunk  on a rainy day which actually added to the vibe while browsing through what it would look like if Wes Anderson’s prop truck was accidentally yet meticulously unloaded in an L.L. Bean outlet store somewhere off a back road in an old suburban New England village.

The only things missing were wooden canoes hanging from the ceiling, a crackling fire and a whiskey bar although I may have seen a flask being passed around but it as probably filled with organic apple cider.

One of the many treasures from Trove General Store
One of the many treasures from Trove General Store


Upon walking outside, even the strictest of non-coffee drinkers could not resist the Rival Bros. Coffee truck as they were blasting Gang of Four out of their truck.  Of course grab a grilled cheese from Say Cheese Philly beforehand. If only the plethora of Pendleton blankets, and hats for that matter, where available to enjoy out in the parking lot but the coffee and chatter amongst other blog worthy looking patrons kept one warm enough.

Norman Porter Co. out of Fishtown

I could go on about this place but I’ll let the photos do the talking.

Check out the local vendors:

Peg & Awl 
Trove General
Greenmarket Purveying
Norman Porter
Say Cheese Philly
Rival Bros. Coffee