Peace Coffee is one of those truly Minnesotan gems. It started off as a misunderstanding in Mexico during a discussion with local farmers who then sent a container of coffee here to MN and ended up being sold door to door. People liked what they got and Peace Coffee was born. This company founded a free trade importing cooperative to find ways to bring the coffee here while getting the growers as much of the profit as possible by cutting out the middle man. They work hard to source high quality, fair-trade beans from around the globe by working directly with these small- scale growers and their communities.
Peace has a few coffee shop locations Wonderland Park, Capella Tower, and at the Lakewood Co-Op and you can now find their beans at a variety of retail locations and grocery stores as well as being served in a number of cafe’s, restaurants and homes. One of the coolest things about Peace Coffee is their green mentally. Peace looks for ways to be as environmentally conscious as possible. The coffee they sell is all organic. Their growers follow sustainable growing processes. Even their building which houses their offices, roaster and warehouse is LEED certified and they deliver the majority of shipments on bicycles as much as possible (yes that means year-round). For those of you who live by or spend a lot of time along the bike paths, you may have seen their delivery people peddling around town.
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Peace offers classes, fun events and tours where you can learn about their business, watch (and smell) the beans being roasted and learn about the fascinating process of producing coffee beans. It is much more involved than you can imagine and it will make you appreciate that next brew. I’ve taken their tour and learned about the different types of beans, roasting and cupping and have even seen the bikes and trailers. Recently they had an ugly sweater open house with free pizza, coffee, cookies and the ugliest sweater contestant won a free years worth of coffee. Check out their website for upcoming events and give Peace a chance.