Last week we introduced one of our newest members, Level Ground Trading, a Fair Trade Organization and direct wholesaler of coffee, tea, dried fruit, cane sugar, heirloom rice, vanilla beans, coconut oil and spices. We’re thrilled to have our first food brand in the collective, and are feeling totally inspired by their economic, social, and environmental efforts! I mentioned in my last post that I got a chance to sample several of their coffees from around the world, and they were all so distinct and wonderful that I wanted to try them in a few different forms – and with it being so warm in Washington, overnight cold brew was a given.
I also had a package of decadent vanilla beans from Level Ground, grown by small-scale farmers in Uganda. I couldn’t help making a quick vanilla bean syrup to go with my cold brew – the result was a perfect cool drink for an afternoon pick-me-up.