Thursday, January 12, 2012
Coffee, Adoption and Friends
While sewing a few of these bags, I realize how adoption has woven its threads through these projects and through my life. I met Alan Spear and Mary Allen Lindemann who own Coffee By Design several years ago when they were in the process of adopting their daughter from Russia. I was teaching adoption education and they were in my class. We have remained friends and Mary Allen has always supported my crafting ventures. I won't go on here about all the wonderful things these people do, in Portland, and in the coffee growing countries, but I could fill pages. My favorite CBD coffee, the one that starts my day is Rebel Blend. (You can buy their coffee at Little Dog in Brunswick if you can't get down to Portland.) Lately, they keep me stocked with used burlap and jute bags. The bags themselves are geography lessons: Sumatra, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala. I have "upcycled" the bags into totes which have sold well at the Long Branch store here in town. I've also discovered that the scraps burn well in my woodstove!
Allen and Mary Allen have developed a special relationship with the community of coffee growers in Jardin, Colombia and have funded the building of a kitchen and cafeteria in the local hospital. If you buy a pound of Colombia Antioquia Jardin Alma del Cafe, a portion of the price will go to support that project.
There are other reasons that this region of Colombia is special, but I'll blog about those another day. On to a different country, and different adoption story, and a different coffee sack.
This tote was made from a bag shipped from Antigua, Guatemala, a beautiful city surrounded by mountains and volcanoes, and crisscrossed with cobblestones, history and culture. Notice the logo on the coffee sack... its the same Santa Catalina arch as in this picture I took on my visit to Antigua. Notice a glimpse of Volcan Agua in the background.
Coffee, adoption and friendships. Oh, how rich I am.