Northwest Academy of Law

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We first came across Northwest Academy of Law on DonorsChoose.org. Dr. Miranda Avant-Elliott’s post caught our attention and her class seemed like the perfect fit for our first co-roasting endeavor. We packed up the air roasters (AKA popcorn poppers), gathered up the learning materials, and headed out to Walnut Park East.

We arrived around 10:15am, about 20 minutes before class started, got checked in, and met up with Dr. Avant-Elliott, who greeted us with a warm and welcoming smile. She led us to the classroom, where we proceeded to set up the air roasters. The class was small, only five students, so being able to interact directly with each student as they roasted their coffee beans was easy. We started off by covering some facts about coffee (such as, did you know the only U.S. state that grows coffee is Hawaii?) and then delved into the different stages of coffee roasts, from American and City roasts to full on French Roasts. After that, it was time to take out the beans and get started!

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Little did we know, our little portable air roasters draw a considerable amount of power, and after blowing a few fuses in the classroom, we eventually got going in a different room across the hall. Roasting coffee takes energy, baby!

During the roast, we continued to field questions from the class regarding coffee and the production of it, and by the time we were done, the students were asking when we were planning on coming back.

All in all, we had an amazing time with the students, and they were super-excited to be co-roasters for the day. From now until January 3rd, 10% of all proceeds generated by Goodgrew will be donated directly to Dr. Avant-Elliott’s class, in order to help her get closer to her goal of $1,091.75, which will be used to purchase two iPads and 10 pairs of headphones for her class.

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Steve Neske