Coffee and the New Year

Coffee and the New Year

There’s no better way to start off the new year than by making some new year’s resolutions.  Usually, this means making new habits.  But why should we cast off any of the old ones?  Here at Mandela, we want to continue some of the traditions we’ve started this past year, while making some new ones, too.  So sit back, pour some Mandela coffee, and let’s think about how to kick off the new year.

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The Java Jive

The Java Jive

One of our passions is coffee.  Another passion is music.  Why not bring the two together?  Sit back, brew a cup of Mandela coffee, and let’s take look at one of our team member’s journeys through the Java Jive.

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Ethiopia and the 43 million without safe water.

Ethiopia and the 43 million without safe water.

Currently, an estimated 43,713,716 Ethiopians do not have reliable access to safe, clean drinking water.

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Are You the Average Coffee Drinker?

Are You the Average Coffee Drinker?

Coffee is one of the most popular drinks in the world.  In fact, the coffee industry itself has been valued at $30 billion.  But just who are these wonderful people who drink coffee?  We do, clearly, and you probably do too.  So let’s sit back, brew a cup of Mandela Coffee, and take a look at the human beings who love coffee beans.

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The Hands Behind the Coffee

The Hands Behind the Coffee

Here at Mandela Coffee, all of our coffee beans come from fair trade sources. They are handpicked by farmers in Guatemala and Colombia during optimal harvest times.  We know that the high standards of these farmers mean that our coffee is of the highest quality. But what are the differences between the different types of coffee harvesting? Let’s sit back, brew a cup of Mandela Coffee, and take a closer look at the hands behind picking coffee beans.

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Getting

Getting "Deja-Brew"

Here at Mandela, we do our best to make sure that every cup of coffee brings you a unique flavor. We try to break up the humdrum of a morning routine with a perfect roast. But some mornings do seem just like any other. And often, the taste of a certain flavor can bring back specific memories. Why is that? Sit back, grab a cup of coffee, and let’s dive into exploring the flavors of memory.

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Coffee and Thankfulness

Coffee and Thankfulness

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The Complexities of The Coffee Roasting Process

The Complexities of The Coffee Roasting Process

One of the primary chemical transformations taking place within your coffee beans during the roasting process is the decomposition of naturally occurring sucrose within the beans. This process is resultant of the heat being applied to the beans, and can be manipulated by the roaster adjusting the temperature at various points in the roasting process. The more of the natural sucrose decomposed throughout the roast, the more noticeable the difference in flavor will be on your end.

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Coffee & The Peace Corps

Coffee & The Peace Corps

Brazil’s relationship with the Peace Corps is a bit complicated, to say the least. Service members from the Peace Corps began serving there in the 1960s, but unfortunately began to be ousted from the coffee-producing behemoth shortly thereafter. While many factors contributed to the shrinking number of corps members within Brazil, it’s largely attributed to a displeasure on the part of Brazil’s government with President Carters foreign policy, which was critical of Brazil’s human rights policies. 

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Coffee & The Latinx Community

Coffee & The Latinx Community

We’ve seen few communities demonstrate as strong and ardent a commitment to building community around coffee as the Latinx community. In fact, we’ve found the Latinx community’s commitment to coffee so striking, and also one of our founders is a Mexicano-Americano, that we’ve decided to write our most recent blog post on how, exactly, the Latinx community and coffee interact, both in the United States and around the world. After all, when you believe in something - whether it’s great, delicious coffee or the power of a community influenced by it - you want to share it with others, right? So, sit back, pour yourself a cup of your favorite Mandela Coffee blend, and check out these interesting facts about coffee within the Latinx community.

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Business, Coffee and Water: How Two MBA's are Working to Better Water Access

Business, Coffee and Water: How Two MBA's are Working to Better Water Access

That’s the kind of story we love to hear about here, and that’s exactly the impression we got when we first heard about Mandela Coffee. Founded by two alumni of the Raymond A. Mason School of Business at The College of William & Mary, Mandela Coffee isn’t exactly what you’d expect from two MBA’s. While the imagined traditional MBA venture might be solely focused on profit, Mandela Coffee has a different goal entirely - trying to create more equality in water access around the world.

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Coffee As a Passion

Coffee As a Passion

Lance’s commitment to service extends well beyond his work furthering global water access. Prior to beginning his work with Mandela, Lance served in the United States Marine Corps, where he had the opportunity to experience different cultures and expand his knowledge of the world, all while serving his country. Following his time in the armed forces, Lance earned his Masters of Business Administration at the College of William & Mary’s Raymond A. Mason School of Business, where Cesar is now completing the same degree. Shortly after his graduation, Lance spent time working in both the information technology and federal consulting sectors, sharpening the skills he picked up during business school and gaining a strong foundation for his career. In 2016, though, Lance felt a stronger calling to entrepreneurship as a career, and founded Ignition in Williamsburg, VA. A self-described ‘business accelerator,’ Ignition provides early stage funding, hands-on assistance and mentoring to local businesses trying to get started in their respective industries.

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