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Seeds of Time Los Angeles Screening

“The way in which we are feeding the current population is not sustainable. We’re trying to teach the world how to save itself.” — Cary Fowler

Seeds of Time will be playing at the Laemmle Music Hall 3 in Beverly Hills beginning Friday, May 29 and running through June 4. Tickets, available at the box office and online, go on sale on Tuesday, May 26 at 7:00 pm.

There will also be daily showings at 12:30 pm, 2:40 pm, 4:50 pm and 7:00 pm. Cary Fowler and director Sandy McLeod will do Q&As on Friday, May 29 and Saturday, May 30 at the 7:00 pm showings.

Synopsis:
A perfect storm is brewing as agriculture pioneer Cary Fowler races against time to protect the future of our food. Seed banks around the world are crumbling, crop failures are producing starvation and rioting, and the accelerating effects of climate change are affecting farmers globally. Communities of indigenous Peruvian farmers are already suffering those effects as they try desperately to save over 1,500 varieties of native potato in their fields. But with little time to waste, both Fowler and the farmers embark on passionate and personal journeys that may save the one resource we cannot live without: our seeds. 

Find more information here — www.seedsoftimemovie.com

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Groundwork Arts District Grand Opening
Artist Reception + Tasting Event 

We’re proud to announce the official opening of our Arts District location. So proud, in fact, that we’re throwing a grand opening party. When: Friday, May 8, 5-10 pm. Where: 811 Traction Ave. There’ll be an artist reception, coffee tasting, hors d’oeuvres, live music, a coffee giveaway to the first 50 people through the door, and more. RSVP here: RSVP@groundworkcoffee.com.

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Big Easy blend, Groundwork’s homage to the City of Saints, is back!

Since the Civil War, chicory coffee has been a New Orleans staple and a nostalgic flavor for anyone who has had the opportunity to visit this grand city. Groundwork’s Big Easy is a balanced blend of coffee and chicory, highlighting the roasted-coffee, molasses, and licorice-root notes of the chicory.

Traditionally the cost of chicory has been less expensive than the cost of coffee; once roasted, its pungent aromas, molasses-like sweetness, and roasted coffee-like flavor profile made it a perfect filler or substitute.

Times have changed. Chicory — at least the Certified Organic Chicory that we use — is in high demand and can be very, very costly. For the last year or so, our suppliers have had trouble finding Certified Organic Chicory, causing the Big Easy blend to take a leave of absence. 

At long last, Groundwork has found a supply of Organic Chicory that meets our standards, and we are once again able to offer this classic blend.

Enjoy.

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Groundwork Coffee Co. Earns Non-GMO Project Verification

Non GMP ProjectLos Angeles, CA — January 22, 2015 — Groundwork Coffee Co. is proud to announce that its selection of certified organic, fairly traded Signature Blend Coffees and Cold Brew Coffee products are now Non-GMO Project Verified by the Non-GMO Project, North America’s only third-party verification and labeling organization for non-GMO (genetically modified organism) food and products.

Groundwork’s Non-GMO Project Verification means that its products have been produced in compliance with the Non-GMO Project Standard and rigorous best practices for GMO avoidance.

A homegrown Los Angeles company, Groundwork has a storied history of handcrafting Angelenos’ favorite organic coffee drinks using only the finest ingredients. This prestigious verification underscores Groundwork’s ongoing commitment to best practices in the areas of environmental and social health, reflected in the company’s three core values of quality, community, and sustainability.

“Research consistently shows that genetic engineering in the agricultural industry presents significant and very real human, environmental, and economic health risk,” says Groundwork’s Chief Coffee Guy and Licensed Q Grader Jeff Chean. “While our USDA organic certification on all of our coffees and teas has already been providing our customers with a safeguard against the use of GMOs, the certification from the Non-GMO Project is a natural next step in our effort to provide our customers with third-party assurances that our products meet the standards that we believe in and promote. The Non-GMO Project certification increases the visibility of our coffees’ pedigree and should add to our customers’ confidence in us that we continue to keep an ever-watchful eye on what goes into their cup from the ground up.”

Celebrating its 25th anniversary, Groundwork began in Venice Beach, CA, as a single coffee shop that also sold rare and used books. Local demand soon became so great that it began roasting full-time. This small-batch operation soon morphed into one of the very first certified organic coffee roasters in California, and would quickly go on to become the largest organic coffee roaster in Los Angeles. The company’s sustainable, relationship-based, organic coffee sourcing has set an industry standard, as has its solar-powered, low-emissions roasting technology.

Today, Groundwork operates seven café locations throughout the city — with more on the way — and distributes its coffees to more than 850 wholesale customers across the U.S.

If you would like to learn more about Groundwork Coffee Co. and its products, please email info@groundworkcoffee.com or call (818) 506-6020.

 

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Tastemakers

On Thursday, November 20, Groundwork participated in Tastemade Bite Club's “Ugly Holiday Sweater Party,” joining a select group of Los Angeles' other finest purveyors of food and drink. In addition to serving our Cold Brew, we debuted a very special holiday drink that will be available at all locations beginning November 27.

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Coffee Geeks of the World Unite!

20 roasters. 30 coffee classes. National speakers. Suffice it to say, Groundwork was proud to participate in CoffeeCon 2014 — the ultimate consumer coffee festival. Our booth was staffed by Retail Educator Robbie Ford, Rose Ave. Store Manager Meredith Jenson, and Customer Service Rep/barista extraordinaire Georgia Holt. Meanwhile, our Chief Coffee Guy, Jeff Chean, taught a class titled “Altered Brews: Introduction to 8 Basic Flavor Descriptors.” A good time was has by all.

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Groundwork Teams Up With Venice Arts Youth Mentoring Program

Every year, Venice Arts offers high-impact mentoring and education programs, free of charge, to low-income youth. On November 1, we celebrated Venice Arts by proudly participating in their 21st anniversary gala, featuring a beautiful array of professional and student photographs up for auction, with proceeds going right back where they belong.

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Groundwork Coffee Honored as Good Food Champion

On Tuesday, October 21, Groundwork participated in The Los Angeles Food Policy Council’s Food Day, celebrating the city’s Good Food Champions. What is a Good Food Champion? A select group of food vendors who demonstrate local, sustainable, fair, humane, and healthy values. We were honored.

 

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Groundwork Gives Back

Recently, Groundwork Coffee partnered with international humanitarian organization Good Neighbors to give back to a part of the world that’s given us so much: Ethiopia. In addition to donating a meaningful amount of money to fix 22 broken wells in the country’s coffee-rich Sidama zone, we’ll soon make a pilgrimage to the region to observe firsthand the project’s progress. Why get involved? Ethiopia is coffee’s birthplace. It’s still home to the densest concentration of genetic diversity of coffee varieties, many of which are unnamed or uncategorized. The coffee industry owes its very existence to this country and its people.

 
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Groundwork Coffee Featured in this Snapchat Ad!

 

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Certified Chill

Groundwork Certified Organic Cold Brew Coffee is steeped 24-hours for optimal flavor and is made without additives or preservatives. It's just great coffee - made with filtered water, locally roasted organic coffee beans, and bottled fresh at our Los Angeles roastery. A favorite at our Groundwork cafes, we decided to bottle our Cold Brew to spread a good thing around. 

 

Certified Organic Groundwork Coffee Cold Brew 

Now Available at All Groundwork Locations.

 

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Groundwork Installs High-Efficiency Solar Panels at Roasting Facility 

Groundwork Coffee LLC is proud to announce it has installed more than 100 high efficiency solar panels at the company’s North Hollywood, CA roasting facility.

The Sunpower PV modules are the most efficient panels commercially available and will generate more than 52,000 kilowatts of clean, solar energy each year. Jeff Chean, Groundwork’s director of roasting operations, estimates the panels, which are specially designed to work efficiently even on cloudy days, will power more than 80% of Groundwork’s electrical demands. “On slow roasting days, or weekends, our electric meter will actually spin backwards as the panels push more energy into the grid than we are using,” Chean said.

The new solar array covers most of the exposed roof at Groundwork’s 4,500 sq. ft. roastery, which it shares with its affiliated companies, The Supreme Bean and Joe to Go. The installation marks another step in Groundwork’s efforts to achieve sustainability and energy efficiency throughout its supply chain.

In late 2011, the company installed a unique hybrid/gas electric coffee roaster that utilizes an ultra-low NOx power burner. This allow for the roaster and catalytic oxidizer to be heated by electrical elements tied directly from the power generated by the solar panels. The result is Groundwork’s roaster has one of the smallest carbon footprints in the entire coffee industry.

Groundwork Coffee LLC is a Los Angeles-based super premium coffee roaster specializing in 100% organic coffee and tea. The company’s mission calls for full economic and environmental sustainability throughout its supply chain. From farm to cup, Groundwork, which was established in 1990 by L.A. natives, is dedicated to the welfare of the producers of its products as well as consumers. The company operates 6 retail stores throughout Los Angeles and a wholesale distribution network.

 

Groundwork Coffee Solar-Powered Coffee Roasting, Los Angeles 

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Groundwork Indie Garage Series Promotes Local Artists

On March 14, 2012, Groundwork's new collaboration with The Nation of Artists "Indie Garage Art Series" was featured on the Arts for L.A. website. Our curator Elliot Kotek's call for artists is ongoing and if you're a local L.A. based painter or photographer, don't hesitate to get in touch at elliot@thenationofartists.com.

http://www.artsforla.org/forum/call-artists-indie-garage
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GW Partnership with Nika Bottled Water Helps To Tackle Water Crisis 

Nika Water and Groundwork Coffee 

 

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Groundwork Q-Grader, Jeff Chean, a Star Cupper at Rainforest Alliance Cupping Event 

[ In December, 2011, Groundwork's licensed Q Grader, Jeff Chean, was one of the Star Cuppers at the Rainforest Alliance Cupping Community event in Long Beach, California.]

Jeff Chean, Groundwork Coffee, Cupping Juror at Rainforest AllainceAccording to Maya Albanese, Coordinator for Rainforest Alliance North America, "Top coffee cuppers from all across North America convened this week at the SCAA offices in Long Beach, CA to participate in the Rainforest Alliance Cupping for Quality. The event showcases top specialty coffees and illustrates the link between environmental, social and economic sustainability and high quality in the coffee industry.

The cupper group represented coffee importers, roasters and retailers large and small. Each cupper will now have the opportunity to purchase their favorite coffees sampled at the event from the Rainforest Alliance certified farms. All samples were kindly roasted to SCAA protocol by Ted Vautrinot, Andrew Phillips and Rocky Rhodes at the Kean Roasting facility. 

The cuppers tasted a variety of coffees from certified producers in Indonesia, India, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Brazil, Kenya, Tanzania and Hawaii. The final results of the judges' scorecards will be publicly announced in a Rainforest Alliance press release in the second week of January 2012. The winning producers and cuppers from the competition will be honored at the Rainforest Alliance breakfast event at the SCAA conference in April of 2012!" 

The Rainforest Alliance is heavily involved with sustainability education and works to conserve biodiversity and ensure sustainable livelihoods by transforming land-use practices, business practices and consumer behavior. Their cuppings take place twice each year.

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