| Coffee Campus -- BSC
It is time for better coffee!
James Hayes-Bohanan , Ph.D.
Coffee Maven and Geographer
Bridgewater State College
UPDATED November 27, 2009
I have expanded this site's information about coffee shops, coffee roasters, coffee tours, health effects,
and coffee preparation, and have moved that information to other pages. Please explore!
|Bridgewater State College has
a reputation for good coffee over the past several years, as hundreds
of students, faculty, and staff have participated in study tours,
seminars, or tasting events. By late 2008, it seemed clear that it was
time to start living up to that reputation, in terms of the coffee that
we actually consume on campus. Fair trade was available, but only in
very limited locations.
In the spring semester, students who had been studying coffee met with Sodexo managers to discuss the current provision of coffee on campus and ways to increase the availability of fair-trade and organic coffee. Those who participated in those conversations learned a lot from each other, and we may even be able to arrange a visit to coffeelands for Sodexo employees in the near future. As of November 2009, fair-trade coffee is being offered in several new locations on campus, with more to come.
A completely fair-trade campus is probably far in our future, as we have long-term arrangements with Dunkin' Donuts, but for now there are plenty of opportunities to increase the fair-trade offerings on campus.
One such opportunity is the café that will be included in the new Science and Math Center. We are proposing that it be built and operated as a model of social and environmental sustainability in coffee -- considering every aspect from the bean to the cup.
Bridgewater State College students entering the Ben Linder Café in León in January 2009. We are proposing a second Ben Linder for the BSC campus itself.