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Seattle Social – Coffee

Al Liu, Trader and Certified Coffee Specialist from Atlas Coffee Importers will lead us through a conversation (and tasting) on sustainable coffee sourcing. What does the future of coffee look like and how are growers and roasters rethinking strategies to minimize environmental impacts? Who is setting the standard for “fair trade?” We’ll also learn more about how to taste coffee, including reading acidity, balance and body.Join us at Cafe Solstice’s new location on Capitol Hill to learn more about where that oh-so-needed cup of coffee we all love comes from.


Saturday, August 16th
10 a.m. – Noon
Cafe Solstice
10th and E Thomas on Capitol Hill


More about Al:

Al sources specialty-grade coffee (most of which is certified organic and/or Fair Trade) from producers in Latin America and Indonesia and works with roasters around the U.S. as well as Canada and East Asia. He has been a member of the Specialty Coffee Association of America’s (SCAA) Sustainability Council since 2004 and served as a SCAA board member for two terms. Previously he worked for seven years at Alterra Coffee Roasters (now Colectivo Coffee) in his hometown of Milwaukee and also served as Peace Corps Volunteer in Bolivia focusing on a regional tourism initiative.

Atlas Coffee Importers:

One of only a handful of independently-owned specialty coffee importers in the U.S., Atlas provides full-service importing and logistics services to hundreds of roasters of all sizes throughout North America, Asia, and Australia with an emphasis on helping small-scale producers to sell into the high-end specialty market. Atlas was founded in 1998 and recently moved into a new office in the Greenwood neighborhood.

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