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The Complexities of The Coffee Roasting Process

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The Complexities of The Coffee Roasting Process
One of the primary chemical transformations taking place within your coffee beans during the roasting process is the decomposition of naturally occurring sucrose within the beans. This process is resultant of the heat being applied to the beans, and can be manipulated by the roaster adjusting the temperature at various points in the roasting process. The more of the natural sucrose decomposed throughout the roast, the more noticeable the difference in flavor will be on your end.

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Coffee & The Peace Corps

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Coffee & The Peace Corps
Brazil’s relationship with the Peace Corps is a bit complicated, to say the least. Service members from the Peace Corps began serving there in the 1960s, but unfortunately began to be ousted from the coffee-producing behemoth shortly thereafter. While many factors contributed to the shrinking number of corps members within Brazil, it’s largely attributed to a displeasure on the part of Brazil’s government with President Carters foreign policy, which was critical of Brazil’s human rights policies. 

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Coffee As a Passion

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Coffee As a Passion
Lance’s commitment to service extends well beyond his work furthering global water access. Prior to beginning his work with Mandela, Lance served in the United States Marine Corps, where he had the opportunity to experience different cultures and expand his knowledge of the world, all while serving his country. Following his time in the armed forces, Lance earned his Masters of Business Administration at the College of William & Mary’s Raymond A. Mason School of Business, where Cesar is now completing the same degree. Shortly after his graduation, Lance spent time working in both the information technology and federal consulting sectors, sharpening the skills he picked up during business school and gaining a strong foundation for his career. In 2016, though, Lance felt a stronger calling to entrepreneurship as a career, and founded Ignition in Williamsburg, VA. A self-described ‘business accelerator,’ Ignition provides early stage funding, hands-on assistance and mentoring to local businesses trying to get started in their respective industries.

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The Untold Story of Water Access

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The Untold Story of Water Access
 As you can tell from our first point in this blog, population is one of the driving factors behind inequality within water access. As a finite resource, water is extremely sensitive to the rapidly expanding human population. Unfortunately, the vast majority of people may not even be aware of how dire the situation currently is relative to the earth’s rapidly expanding population. To put it in perspective, consider the calculation that we outlined above relative to the current global population of approximately 7.6 billion people. With that in mind, consider that the United Nations estimates that there will be 9.8 billion people on earth by the year 2050. Obviously, that doesn’t exactly make water access easier - so we have to let it motivate us to do everything we can to continue working for more equality within water access.

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Coffee Frangelico

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Coffee Frangelico
If you want a coffee-liqueur that’s sure to please your palate, definitely give coffee with Frangelico a try. Legend has it that the name of the liqueur used in this drink, Frangelico, came from a social hermit that was known for creating “unique recipes for liqueurs.” With that out of the way, who's up for Coffee Frangelico? Cheers!

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