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Coffee City

Melissa Allison follows the world's biggest coffee-shop chain and other Seattle caffeine purveyors.

February 11, 2010 at 9:59 AM

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Coffees for causes: Caffe Umbria launches blend for Haiti; Vashon Island Roasterie offers $375-a-pound Wet Whisker

Posted by Melissa Allison

Haiti Hope Blend 2.JPGCaffe Umbria is selling a limited-run Haiti Hope Coffee Blend online and at its cafes in Pioneer Square and in Portland's Pearl District. It's contributing $5 from the sale of each $10 bag to Mercy Corps, a leader in Haitian relief efforts. Jesse Sweeney at Umbria said its goal is to sell 1,000 12-ounce bags for a donation of $5,000 to the cause.

For something more nostalgic and less affordable, check out Vashon Island Coffee Roasterie's $375 Wet Whisker Finca El Gato. It's a limited-run coffee from the Costa Rican farm of Jim Stewart, co-founder of the Wet Whisker, later known as Stewart Brothers Coffee, later known as SBC and Seattle's Best Coffee.

NewGato.jpg$350 of each purchase is a tax-deductible donation to the Vashon Island Coffee Foundation, a non-profit Stewart founded that has provided support for the coffee growers in Guatemala and elsewhere.

"This coffee bears the name of my coffee farm and original company that I started way back when in 1969," Stewart writes on the site. "Old-time 'Seattelites' will remember the place down on the waterfront. I hope you have gathered that this is more than coffee, it is an experience from cherry to cup that you deserve to fully savor."

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