Manchester hosts coffee roaster, fair-trade advocate

Serina RoyThat cup of coffee you drink can make a real difference in someone’s life, if the beans were grown sustainably and produced by people who are treated well.

Once a barista, Serina Roy fell in love with the process of making coffee. First, she bought a small roaster for herself and then began visiting small farms where the beans were grown and harvested. Now the master roaster is the owner and founder of Dublin Roasters Coffee, an artisanal coffee roasting company and café in Frederick, Md.

She is speaking about the crucial connection between consumers and producers at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 18, at Cordier Auditorium on the North Manchester, Ind., campus. The Values, Ideas, and the Arts event is free and open to the public as part of the University’s mission of graduating those who “lead principled, productive and compassionate lives that improve the human condition.”

In “Responsible Grounds: Fair Trade Coffee and the Difference a Cup Can Make,” Roy will share what she has learned about growing, harvesting, preparing and marketing coffee, and why the models of fair trade and sustainable agriculture are important.

A former police officer who turned her hobby into a way of life, Roy will make clear the crucial connection between consumers and producers, and encourage participants to think critically about their consumption habits.

The program is sponsored by the Peace Studies Institute at Manchester University.

November 13, 2014

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