Recently Java City became aware of a non-profit that is dramatically improving women’s health care in coffee-growing communities. This organization, Grounds for Health, is addressing the critical need for cervical cancer prevention programs in coffee-growing areas.
Starting today we are proud to support Grounds for Health by donating $1 for every 12 oz bag sold of our limited-edition Organic Ethiopia roast. $1 allows Grounds for Health to purchase enough supplies to screen and treat (and potentially save the lives of) four women. So, when you buy a bag of Organic Ethiopia coffee you can be sure that your purchase is helping to bring critical health care services to the very communities that grow coffee beans for millions of consumers worldwide.
Why does Grounds for Health focus on cervical cancer? The answer is simple: even though cervical cancer is one of the easiest cancers to screen and treat for when caught early, it kills more women than any other cancer in developing countries. Over 80% of women newly diagnosed with cervical cancer live in these areas, many in coffee-growing communities where there is little access to critical health care services.
Women in developing countries are no more susceptible to cervical cancer than women in the United States; they simply lack access to early screening and treatment. Here in the United States, women are routinely screened and treated for cervical cancer starting at an early age. The power of the Grounds for Health approach is that it empowers coffee-growing communities to implement ongoing screening and treatment services, which over time will reduce the number of deaths caused by cervical cancer.
Read more about Grounds for Health on their website.
ABOUT ORGANIC ETHIOPIA
Java City purchased the beans used in Organic Ethiopia from an auction benefiting Grounds for Health. Our Coffee Buyer and Master Roaster Shawn purchased three bags and, with the help of our talented roasting staff, blended them together and roasted to a level just shy of a Vienna roast. The result is an extraordinary coffee, complex, and fruity with hints of blackberry and just the slightest snap of green bell pepper.
All of the beans used in Organic Ethiopia were processed using the natural (sometimes called ‘dry’) method, lending an exciting wildness to the flavor profile of the roast. Ethiopian coffees are known for their full flavors and aromas, and this coffee does not disappoint - even the coffee grounds exhibit a pleasantly strong aroma!
Here is a little background on the beans used in this blend:
Ethiopia Amaro Gayo
This exceptional coffee is grown at an altitude of 5,200 feet and exported through Ethiopia's only female miller/exporter, an exceptional woman named Asnakech Thomas. Asnakech is one of the most inspiring figures in Ethiopian coffee today and is native to the Amaro region. Asnakech decided to return to her homeland in 2005 to improve coffee quality at her mill and in local communities.
Ethiopia Sidamo & Ethiopia Harrar
Both of these coffees were grown by the Oromia farmers cooperative union, a members-owned business representing over 128,000 households. Founded in 1999, the cooperative strives to improve conditions for its members in the form of community development programs and other services. More information can be found on the cooperative’s website.
Organic Ethiopia is only available for a limited time - purchase a bag today and help us support this important cause!