Feel Good Brew
By Ethan Fletcher
Cream and sugar are great, but why not stir a little goodwill into your morning cup of coffee?
Starting this month, the folks at Peet’s Coffee & Tea are once again offering Las Hermanas beans ($13.95 per pound), a single-origin coffee notable for much more than its fresh taste. Las Hermanas, which means “the sisters” in Spanish, is produced by a small group of women at a cooperative in the highlands of Nicaragua. The women’s story has been a bright light in a historically hardscrabble region. Peet’s first started selling Las Hermanas coffee in 2001, and since then the partnership has flourished, increasing the coffee’s sales and improving the lives of the women who produce it. For instance, all co-op members now have full access to health care.
“It’s huge,” says Shirin Moayyad, Peet’s director of coffee purchasing. “You really feel that you’re able to do something to impact a needy world just by buying a cup of coffee.”
Moayyad describes Las Hermanas as “bright, lively, and fresh, with light acidic tones. Just a really pleasant, balanced cup of coffee.”
For perfect iced java, Peet’s recommends brewing superstrong coffee (three tablespoons of coffee per six ounces of water) using a paper filter, and cooling before pouring over ice.