The Northwest sure does love its coffee.
And Portland Roasting Coffee of Oregon has been satisfying taste buds since 1996 in a most sustainable way.
The coffee company buys coffee directly from growers, adheres to sustainable practices, has opened coffee cafes that are eco-friendly, and commits resources annually to global projects in partnership with the United Nations Millennium Development goals, whose aim is to eradicate extreme poverty. In particular, it is helping to raise awareness of the growing global water crisis, especially in sub-Saharan Africa, where the company is helping to fund the building of new water wells.
Recently, I had a chance to try a couple varieties of coffee from this company, which was just named “Roaster of the Year.” The Organic Dark Colombia is rich, earthy and with a faint chocolate note. The Organic French is dark with a bold, wake-me-up-pronto flavor.
The coffees, which start at $9.50 per pound, are available at four cafes in California so far (Sacramento, Nevada City and Grass Valley, but none in the Bay Area yet. They also can be purchased on the company’s Web site.
Contest: One lucky Food Gal reader will win a sampler of eight varieties of organic coffees: Organic Espresso, Organic French, Organic Honduras, Organic House, Organic Peru, Organic Mexico, Organic Dark Columbia and Organic India.
Entries, limited to those in the continental United States, will be accepted through midnight PST May 26. Winner will be announced May 28.
How to win?
Just tell me what perks you up even more than coffee. Best answer wins the prize.
Here’s my own answer:
“The smell of cookies baking in the oven on a lazy Sunday afternoon. The sight of the first spring tulips at the farmers markets. My husband laughing uncontrollably like a 5-year-old as he watches TV on the couch.”