Jews for Java. Bean-Brews for Hebrews. JewishStar-bucks. StarofDavidbucks. A Lantsman Latte. Skullcappuccino*. (Somebody stop me.)
That’s right. Even though I’ve never been out with one from JDate, apparently there are Jewish coffee farmers. And now a new interfaith coffee growers’ cooperative out of Mbale, Uganda is producing a kosher, fair trade coffee called Mirembe Kawomera (“Delicious Peace”). The cooperative has a Jewish president, a Christian vice president and a Muslim executive secretary â€” and one-third of its board is made up of women.
â€œWe think this coalition is unique in all of Africa,â€ says coffee farmer J. J. Keki, leader of the 700-member Abayudaya Ugandan Jewish community that is at the core of the project…â€œWhen we read the news, we see that most of the problems in the world are caused by religion,â€ he says. â€œHere we are using religion in the name of peace. We hope that wherever our coffee goes in the world, it will promote peace.â€
It’s like I said in the headline. All they are saying is give beans a chance.
(Complete story: JTA)
*I considered going with “Kippaccino,” but thought “Skullcappuccino” was funnier. Am I wrong?