My day job is past co-owner and founder of Ancora (one of Madison’s oldest coffee companies, whose first coffee house opened more than 20 years ago) and I’m currently a board member for One City Early Learning Centers. One City was created to help ensure that more of Madison’s children have access to affordable, high-quality preschool in an effort to prepare them for success academically and beyond.
My most memorable caffeine would be going to Ethiopia and Rwanda to see firsthand where our coffee is grown and to meet some of the many hands that touch each cup of coffee before it ends up in your latte. Rwanda is an amazingly beautiful country—a true Eden, so lush and green and colorful. I remember the women in their beautiful, vibrant clothing singing and dancing to welcome us. The owner of one of the coffee cooperatives, a woman named Epiphany, was the head of the group.
Many of the people who grow your coffee own one or two trees and this is what they rely on to provide an income for their family—if someone had 10 trees, they would be considered wealthy. One tree produces about 5,000 beans which translates to about 150 lbs. of coffee and many people live on about $30 a month. Specialty coffee is all picked by hand and carried on someone’s back to market. It’s incredibly hard work and an extremely laborious process.
My current caffeine of choice is a 2×2. That’s what I call my iced latte with two shots of espresso and 2% milk. I also love a double short hot latte.
My favorite place for caffeine is, no surprise!, Ancora.
The person I’d love to share a cup of caffeine with is hard to pick! The people who come to mind are Mother Teresa, Shirley Chisholm and Winston Churchill. The common theme between them is the fact they were people of service to their communities and world. I also like the idea of meeting women who have had an historic impact and are recognized as standard-bearers for their cause.
World problem that could be solved with the right amount of caffeine: is equity. How can we overcome our biases to create equitable opportunity for all? How can we create opportunities for fairness within our world?