From now until the end of December 2012, Seattle’s Fonté Coffee Roaster will donate all net proceeds from sales of its Limited Edition Holiday Blend to The Pike Market Child Care and Preschool. Fonté has set a fundraising goal of $25,000 to underwrite the Preschool’s 2013 meal program, which will serve 25,000 meals and nutritional snacks for the entire year. It will also help the school reach its goal to make high quality child care and preschool programs available to children in need. This year’s Holiday Blend will be available for $18 per pound at Fonté Café and Wine Bar, located in downtown Seattle across from the Seattle Art Museum or online here.
Celebrating its 30th year, the nationally accredited Pike Market Child Care and Preschool continues to foster a passion for learning by ensuring families access to quality early education in a diverse urban environment. Since 1982, the Preschool has provided tuition assistance for 70 percent of families, with most living at or below the poverty level. Children in the program are afforded excellent care, healthy meals, and social and learning skills necessary to succeed in Kindergarten and beyond. For more information about the school, visit www.pikemarketkids.org.
“Each November at Fonté, we look forward to kicking off the holiday season with the release of our special limited Holiday Blend,” said owner Paul Odom. “As a father of two, I am really drawn to supporting children’s charities, especially the Pike Market Child Care and Preschool. Education and child development is important to me — this particular program helps so many. This will be our fourth year to share the net proceeds, an annual tradition that has become very dear to us; it is our way of giving back and investing in the community.”
Fonté’s Master Roaster Steve Smith created this year’s Holiday Blend with some of their favorite coffees from the world’s 2012 crop. The creamy sweet Brazils next to rare cedar toned monsooned Indian coffees form a foundation supporting the lively interplay between a stunningly bright Kenya and the clean fruitiness of the natural Ethiopia Sidamo. The resulting cup is complex, but straightforward, featuring a smooth aged aroma that blossoms at first sip, dissolving into bright citrus notes and then reappearing in a wonderfully balanced aftertaste with distinctive cedar and sweet fruit aromas.
2012 Holiday Blend Coffees include Estate Brazil, Monsooned Malabar, Auction Lot Kenya, and Ethiopia Sidamo.
Fonté Coffee Roaster, one of Seattle’s premium independent roasters provides single origin and specialty coffees and tea for cafes, retailers, restaurants and hotels. The company was founded in 1992 by Seattle native Paul Odom to create coffees that would please the most discriminating enthusiast. Fonté’s Master Roaster Steve Smith (during his 12 year tenure at Starbucks, he was the first and only roaster to earn the title of Master Roaster) is committed to exceptional cup quality. He sources the best handpicked beans, blends compatible aromas and flavors with artisan quality, and roasts by hand with masterful expertise. Smith manages a rigorous roast to order production process that involves shipping on the same day of roasting, ensuring to-the-minute freshness. For more information about Fonté’s finely crafted coffees, please visit www.fontecoffee.com.