Ending Poverty Through Compassion

Keith Parkins
Jun 13, 2017 · 3 min read
Vera the Karuna Coffee Land Rover
Karuna Coffee stall Princess Gardens for Aldershot Victoria Day

I first came across Karuna Coffee at an event where they had a coffee stall. No time for a chat as I was passing though, therefore I decided to pay them a visit.

1kg Toper coffee roaster

Karuna Coffee is a social enterprise, they import coffee beans via InterAmerican, to then be roasted in their little 1kg roaster.

The little 1kg roaster is working overtime and about to be replaced any day with two new roasters, one of which will be a 2.5kg roaster.

A larger roaster will at least initially lead to less frequent roasting.

Roasting is to demand, the roasted beans thus at their optimum.

light roast
darker roast

Roasting is from light roast up to second crack, depending upon the origin of the beans.

I was shown two samples, a light roast and a darker roast.

filter coffee
relaxing with a filter coffee

Time for a coffee. The espresso machine was still on board the Land Rover from the weekend event. Try a filter coffee.

Karuna Coffee supply coffee direct, also run a stall at events.

Their businesses is experiencing slow organic growth, word of mouth, which is always the best way to grow.

I suggested a number of possible venues

  • Goldalming street food festival
  • Staycation Live
  • Farnham Carnival
  • Guildford farmers market

Barista training was provided by barista champion Dhan at Coffee Lab.

By sourcing high quality coffee, speciality coffee not commodity coffee, the growers receive a much better price, direct trade not fair trade.

Fair trade has become a brand to make the middle class feel good when an infinitesimal price of their cup of coffee finds its way back to the farm.

Karuna Coffee is functioning as an open coop though it is not, maybe something to consider for the future, maybe even consider us of faircoin, any profit, apart from upgrading equipment for example a new coffee grinder and two new coffee roasters, supports community projects.

Every bean has a story to tell, a story we rarely hear.

Direct trade with more openness, transparency and traceabilty, allows that story to be told. For example chalk board in the coffee shop, summary on the bag of beans, a qr code for more information.

The Little Bicycle Coffee Shop

Musings on all things coffee and occasionally tea

Keith Parkins

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Writer, thinker, deep ecologist, social commentator, activist, enjoys music, literature and good food.

The Little Bicycle Coffee Shop

Musings on all things coffee and occasionally tea

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