Carondelet Leadership Academy

This month’s co-roasters is a fourth grade class from Carondelet Leadership Academy, a public charter school in St. Louis. This was our first time working with kids of this age, and we weren’t really sure what to expect. Boy, were we blown away! We arrived at Ms. Rineer’s 10am class, and greeted the students as they arrived.

We started off passing out packets of beans to the kids, each which were roasted to different stages, from green, un-roasted coffee beans down to a dark French roast, and asked them to arrange them in order. Then we got into some fun facts about coffee, and lastly, started air-roasting a batch with the kids! Each table took a turn coming up to our portable popcorn poppers that we use to air roast (yes, you can use popcorn poppers to roast coffee beans!), and helped us identify at which stage our roast was at throughout the process.

Not only did the kids learn a lot about coffee and how to roast, we certainly learned a bit about them. For instance, we learned that a larger percentage of fourth-graders drink coffee than we would have expected (or approved of!), and that one of the students likes to mix coffee with Pepsi! Some of the kids were so excited, they kept trying to eat the beans!

All in all, it was an amazing time, and we’re so excited to help fund this class’ needs. Of course, as always, for the next month, 10% of all proceeds generated by Goodbrew will be donated directly to Ms. Rineer’s class, helping to fund exercise gear for the class’ PE activities. Learn more about their goals here.

Steve Neske