81: San Diego Coffee Training Institute

81: San Diego Coffee Training Institute

Meet Savannah Phillips, the woman behind San Diego Coffee Training Institute. The original idea for SDCTI was to be a training space inside Cafe Virtuoso where they could teach classes to wholesale clients on coffee prep. Savannah came up with the idea to make it a nonprofit, which was inspired by a desire to work directly with marginalized individuals in the surrounding community, including homeless, youth aging out of foster care, and individuals recently released from incarceration. #givingback Plus, have you ever heard of the World Barista Championship? I seriously had no idea this kind of thing existed, but Savannah tells us all about it!

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Episode 58 – Food Fable: Coffee Cherries

Episode 58 - Food Fable: Coffee Cherries

Plated Earth Food Fables are original short historical fiction stories about produce and its ability to connect people, culture, and history. This Food Fable recounts an ancient Ethiopian legend about a goat herder named Kaldi, who first discovered coffee cherries and their energizing power.

76: All About Coffee!

76: All About Coffee!

Have you ever wondered what or where your coffee was before it ended up in a grinder and converted to one of the most popular beverages in the world? Meet Laurie Britton of Cafe Virtuoso in Barrio Logan, San Diego. Laurie founded and maintains Cafe Virtuoso as the only 100 percent certified organic coffee roaster in San Diego, and one of the few in the country, certifying every step of the coffee process as organic (not just the beans themselves)! Also, stay tuned because in a few episodes we'll be speaking with Laurie's daughter, Savannah who runs the non-profit associated with Cafe Virtuoso!

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Episode 57 – Food Buzz: History of Coffee Cherries

Episode 57 - Food Buzz: History of Coffee Cherries

The Food Buzz highlights specific produce facts and history to help guide future produce exploration.


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