Once again, we are thrilled to partner with Mountanos Family Coffee for our new seasonal flavor, Tanzania Single Origin Coffee! This time we used a single-origin Kahawa (which means coffee in Swahili) Uzuma coffee bean sourced directly from local cooperatives in the Muleba District of Tanzania. We steep it in our fresh milk & cream for over 24 hours. The result — an ice cream that truly highlights the supreme quality of the coffee beans, further accentuated by the unparalleled richness of our ice cream.
We proudly work with Mountanos not only because we find their coffee to be incredibly delicious with our ice cream, but also because they’ve partnered to support The Kahawa Foundation, a non-profit fighting cervical cancer in Tanzania.
Considering it’s National Women’s Month, we thought it would be a great time to shine a light on the amazing things people do for women all over the world and we are proud to share the story of Mountanos Family Coffee and The Kahawa Foundation.
Who is Mountanos Family Coffee?
Mountanos has been sourcing and roasting coffee for five generations! Two Greek brothers started Mountanos on the streets of San Francisco in 1898, selling roasted coffee from a mule-drawn cart. Flash forward over 100 years and the Mountanos family continues to operate and sell coffee out of San Francisco. They source the highest quality beans that are always 100% Arabica and use top of the line roasting equipment. Ask anyone who is in the coffee business in San Francisco and you can bet they know Mountanos.
How Does The Kahawa Foundation Fit Into This?
Over four years ago The Kahawa Foundation was formed with one goal in mind: improving cervical cancer education, screening, and treatment for women in Tanzania. Founders, Angie Namenuk, Carol Zoner, and Davide Ravazzoni, left a trip to Tanzania in 2016 with the idea of using the region’s coffee beans to support local farmers and use the proceeds from coffee sales to fund their goal. Flash forward four years and that’s exactly what Angie, Carol, and Davide are still doing.
The Kahawa Foundation reached out to Lauren Mountanos, of the Mountanos Family, to see how they could partner on this project. They thought there would be no better partner than Mountanos. In over four years of partnering, Mountanos and The Kahawa Foundation have imported over 25,000 pounds of the Muleba District coffee with the proceeds benefiting the women and children of Tanzania. Now Mountanos and The Kahawa Foundation have partnered again to launch their new coffee, Kahawa Uzima, where each bag sold will have $1 donated to the cause to fight cervical cancer in Tanzania.
How can you help out?
The next time you need to replenish your coffee supply, order a bag of Kahawa Uzima. Share this story with your friends and think about the ways you can have an impact by just adjusting where you buy your coffee from. And as always, come by one of our shops to try our delicious take on this amazing coffee story!