No More Ceramic?
At Form & Function, as some of you may have noticed, we have switched our ceramic cups out for what appear to be black plastic cups. Though this seems like an unusual move on our part, the truth is that these cups are not plastic at all! We have picked these unique cups for a reason. They are called Huskeecups.
After a short glance at their website, it is clear to see that these cups are amazing for two main reasons. One: sustainability lies at the core of what they do, by helping eliminate waste in the coffee supply chain. Coffee requires many resources and labor to go from farm to cup, so it is essential to reduce waste wherever possible. Two: they are designed to hold in heat longer than other materials without burning your hands, all the while achieving an amazing aesthetic experience. This Australian based company has achieved the impossible!
So what does the name Huskeecup mean?
The coffee fruit has many components: The skin, the fruit, the hull (or husk), the mucilage, and the seed or coffee bean that we are familiar with. During the washing process, all of these components are taken off of the seed and disposed of, creating a large amount of waste. This is where Huskeecup comes into play. They realized that this durable resource could be recycled into a thermal material ideal for a coffee cup!
P.S. We are hoping to have some for sale soon, so keep your eyes peeled!
Our Peruvian Espresso: More Than Just Coffee
Cafe De Mujer
When translated into English, this coffee literally means “Coffee of Women” because almost all labor involved was done by women! Not only is this coffee Fair Trade and Organic Certified, it is also grown by 124 women producers that make up 30 percent of an organization called APROCCURMA (Asociacion de Productores Cafetaleros de la Cuenca del Rio Marañon). Formed in 2012, APROCCURMA is working with local producers to improve both quality of life and quality of coffee. They are also working to have more women-owned land to allow for a higher percent profits to go directly to the women producing the coffee!
With tasting notes of dark chocolate, walnut, and caramel, this is a wonderfully balanced espresso that is perfect alone, but is also great in milk-based drinks such as lattes and cappuccinos. This is an espresso that is easy on the palette, so we would highly recommend trying a shot on it’s own if you haven’t tried espresso before!
At Form & Function, it is important for us to be supporting noble causes all round the globe. The coffee other nations provide for us is amazing and they should be properly treated and empowered for the work they are putting in to produce great coffee. Coffee is so much more than a casual drink to be had with a friend, it can provide income and freedom to the people who need it most. This is the motivation behind our coffee and we hope you enjoy it as much as we do!