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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 & The Latinx Community

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Coffee & The Latinx Community
We’ve seen few communities demonstrate as strong and ardent a commitment to building community around coffee as the Latinx community. In fact, we’ve found the Latinx community’s commitment to coffee so striking, and also one of our founders is a Mexicano-Americano, that we’ve decided to write our most recent blog post on how, exactly, the Latinx community and coffee interact, both in the United States and around the world. After all, when you believe in something - whether it’s great, delicious coffee or the power of a community influenced by it - you want to share it with others, right? So, sit back, pour yourself a cup of your favorite Mandela Coffee blend, and check out these interesting facts about coffee within the Latinx community.

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Business, Coffee and Water: How Two MBA's are Working to Better Water Access

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Business, Coffee and Water: How Two MBA's are Working to Better Water Access
That’s the kind of story we love to hear about here, and that’s exactly the impression we got when we first heard about Mandela Coffee. Founded by two alumni of the Raymond A. Mason School of Business at The College of William & Mary, Mandela Coffee isn’t exactly what you’d expect from two MBA’s. While the imagined traditional MBA venture might be solely focused on profit, Mandela Coffee has a different goal entirely - trying to create more equality in water access around the world.

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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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