Sharing the Dream will host fair trade coffee break

Sharing the Dream will host fair trade coffee break Sharing the Dream in Guatemala will host a Fair Trade Coffee Break on Sunday, Dec. 14 from 2 to 4 p.m. at their store at 10 W. Main in Vermillion. Reed Friese of Cherrybean Coffee Company will speak about fair trade coffee and samples of locally roasted, fair trade coffee will be provided. Sharing the Dream has partnered with Cherrybean Coffee Company, based in Parker, to bring fair trade Guatemalan coffee to southeast South Dakota. Sharing the Dream brought raw, or "green" Guatemalan coffee beans to Friese, who then roasted and packaged them especially for the organization. Friese, a native of rural Parker, lived in the Pacific Northwest after college where he gained an appreciation for fine coffees roasted with care. He returned to South Dakota with his wife and four children to start a small batch coffee roasting company and put his passion for organic, fair trade coffee into practice.  As two South Dakota organizations that care deeply about fair trade, the? partnership between Sharing the Dream and Cherrybean has been a natural one. "Sharing the Dream has been making a difference for a long time and I feel honored that they think enough of my mission to become partners with me in this project," said Friese. "I am very excited about the potential of where this road could lead." Sharing the Dream in Guatemala is a project that promotes fair trade with cooperatives and small businesses in Guatemala. Sharing the Dream is committed to providing fair wages and employment opportunities to low-income artisans, which results in sustainable markets for their projects.

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