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Local spotlight: City Kid Java

I was at the friendly neighborhood Target when I stumbled across something I'm sure I should have known about before-City Kid Java.

 The small "keep it local!" tag drew my eye from the sea of Starbucks and Market Pantry blends. At first I thought "well that can't be..." but sure enough- right next to it, "Choose the virtuous brew that kicks back to the kids in the Twin Cities!"

I should probably warn you- I fancy myself a bit of a humanitarian. I spend time volunteering AFTER I spend my 40 hour work week at a non-profit in St. Paul. Luckily, now you don't have to work at a non-profit to support your Twin Cities community too (but, you know, you could...)!

100% of City Kid Java's profits goes to programs run by their non-profit partner, Urban Ventures Youth Leadership Foundation.  ONE HUNDRED PERCENT.

Not only do they support the kids in our community, but they pay higher than fair-trade prices so they can support the families of the coffee growers they work with as well. Oh by the way, this stuff is DELICIOUS and comes in a handful of yummy brews. 

In summary, now that you know about it, if you don't drink this coffee you are gigantic jerk. tweet themfacebook thememail them.

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None of That Keurig Nonsense

I know, I know-this is 'merica. Land of the "always on the go" where an extra 3 minutes is enough to make us forgo any activity altogether. And, yes, you got that sweet red Keurig for Christmas and it is just making your day. But, here's the thing-coffee is one of our last remaining "simple pleasures" in life. Ever noticed how they just sit around and enjoy their coffee in much COOLER places like Italy? I'm gonna go say something crazy-we should probably take a moment to enjoy our coffee in the mornings. Am I going to wake up an extra 15 minutes (6:15?! vomit.) to do this in the morning? Absolutely not. On the weekends? Heck yes. Ladies and gentlemen...the Chemex. Honestly, the best cup of coffee I have ever had, and designed by a chemist? NERD POINTS!

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