Staff Picks: April

The first staff-person I spoke with this month was Sadie Williams. She has been working at the co-op as a Cashier for seven months. Sadie decided that her recommendation this month would be the Green and Black’s Mint Dark Chocolate, which she chose because it is literally one of her favorite products in the store. She says she is definitely a fan of dark chocolate because it is so rich that it is easy to satisfy a hankering for something sweet with just a small piece. She really likes the mint flavor because she thinks it adds a little something extra special and because mint is so refreshing and reminds her of spring.

 Green and Black’s was created by Craig Sams, the founding father of the famous Whole Earth Company, and his wife, Josephine Fairley. Sams was sent a batch of organic cocoa beans in 1991 and sent them off to have a sample of 70% dark chocolate made up from the beans. Both he and Josephine were delighted by the sample and felt sure that other chocolate lovers would be as excited as they were about it. So they began to set about making organic chocolates shortly thereafter. While searching for a name for their new company, they fondly recalled the confectionary brands of their youth, such as Callar & Browser and Barker & Dobsen. Somehow Sams and Fairley didn’t have quite the ring they were searching for, so they decided upon Green and Black’s, with green symbolizing their strict organic principles and black representing the intensity of their chocolate (Green and Black's Organic, 2015).

 Along with strict organic standards, Green and Black’s is committed to ecologically responsible growing practices. All of their beans are grown under the shade of rainforest trees alongside other crops, with the belief that biodiversity can help to safeguard the cocoa against disease. Fair trade practices are also central to Green and Black’s philosophy, and because of this they were the first product to be awarded the Fairtrade Mark by the Fairtrade Foundation UK, in 1994.

 The next staff person I spoke with this month was Dane Mills, who has been working at the co-op as a Grocery Stocker for a year and a half. When I told Dane that the newsletter theme for April is “seed to sprout”, he instantly decided on the DOMA Coffee Virgil’s organic blend. Dane said that he relies on this product to tempt him out of bed and to “sprout” his day. When I asked Dane what he liked about this product in particular, he told me that he likes his coffee dark, and this roast fits the bill. He told me the label pretty much sums it up perfectly “Dark, rich, and intense. Virgil's is a powerful force of flavor that reminds you of why you fell in love with the aroma of fresh coffee in the morning. It's more than "hearty"... it's downright "gutsy." Virgil's leads you on a journey to the darker side of the coffee universe... where flavors like "fruity", "light", and "nuanced" go to die.”

 DOMA is regional company based out of Post Falls, Idaho. When DOMA was founded in 2000, a major goal of the company was to be environmentally sound while roasting great coffee. They try to always act responsibly in their purchasing decisions and the choices they make in regards to operating the business. Currently at DOMA, all lighting is ultra-high-efficiency, print material is on recycled paper with vegetable-based inks and cleaning products are 100% toxin free.

 As for the coffee itself, DOMA always purchases certified organic, fair-traded and direct relationship coffees. As a member of Cooperative Coffees, they have made a commitment to place the farmers, their identity, and their product front and center (DOMA Coffee Roasting Company, 2015).

 The next staff person I spoke with this month was Dane Mills, who has been working at the co-op as a Grocery Stocker for a year and a half. When I told Dane that the newsletter theme for April is “seed to sprout”, he instantly decided on the DOMA Coffee Virgil’s organic blend. Dane said that he relies on this product to tempt him out of bed and to “sprout” his day. When I asked Dane what he liked about this product in particular, he told me that he likes his coffee dark, and this roast fits the bill. He told me the label pretty much sums it up perfectly “Dark, rich, and intense. Virgil's is a powerful force of flavor that reminds you of why you fell in love with the aroma of fresh coffee in the morning. It's more than "hearty"... it's downright "gutsy." Virgil's leads you on a journey to the darker side of the coffee universe... where flavors like "fruity", "light", and "nuanced" go to die.”

 DOMA is regional company based out of Post Falls, Idaho. When DOMA was founded in 2000, a major goal of the company was to be environmentally sound while roasting great coffee. They try to always act responsibly in their purchasing decisions and the choices they make in regards to operating the business. Currently at DOMA, all lighting is ultra-high-efficiency, print material is on recycled paper with vegetable-based inks and cleaning products are 100% toxin free.

 As for the coffee itself, DOMA always purchases certified organic, fair-traded and direct relationship coffees. As a member of Cooperative Coffees, they have made a commitment to place the farmers, their identity, and their product front and center (DOMA Coffee Roasting Company, 2015).