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Fair Trade coffee tasting to wake students

In a world where getting out of bed is next to impossible without a morning cup of joe and every trip to work is interrupted by a quick stop at Starbucks, there are few things better than free coffee. But there is one thing that is better: free coffee that helps people in developing countries.

It sounds too good to be true, right? Wrong. Thanks to the University Program Board, this fairy tale is a soon-to-be reality.

Friday from 9 a.m. to noon, Fair Trade coffee and From the Roots tea will be offered for your enjoyment at Milner Plaza.

Maddy Marchini, a junior marketing major and enrichment chairperson for UPB, planned the event and is excited to host ISU’s second Fair Trade Coffee Tasting. She thinks students need to learn more about Fair Trade products and the good they do globally.

“This is an opportunity for students to try Fair Trade coffee and tea and to educate the campus on what Fair Trade is and what it does,” Marchini said.

Fair Trade is a program that works with people in developing countries to ensure that they receive fair payment for the goods that they produce, such as coffee, apparel and home goods.

When you buy an item that is Fair Trade certified, you can guarantee that the money you’re spending will help to better a community in need.

“Fair Trade is something that helps the world and is definitely something that everyone should know about, especially when you can help people by changing the coffee product you buy,” Marchini said.

The tasting will feature a wide variety of beverages to accommodate any palate. There will be five different Equal Exchange Fair Trade coffee flavors and nine assorted teas.

Ashley Koenig/Photographer Jenna Cusumano, senior journalism major packs prizes in preparation for the Fair Trade Coffee Tasting taking place Friday morning at Milner Plaza.

Ashley Koenig/Photographer
Jenna Cusumano, senior journalism major packs prizes in preparation for the Fair Trade Coffee Tasting taking place Friday morning at Milner Plaza.

As if this event couldn’t get any better, indie-pop duo, So Long Solo, will also be providing a soundtrack for your sipping.

Along with free music and free beverages, there will also be opportunities for students to win more free stuff.

If you answer the Fair Trade trivia questions correctly, you could take home some awesome freebies, including bracelets, headbands, cookie mix and chocolate.

If you want to shop for Fair Trade items and support a local business at the same time, head over to Crossroads: Handcrafts of the World, located in Downtown Bloomington.

They’ve got all kinds of Fair Trade products, like coffee, accessories, art, chocolate and so much more.

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