A cup of sustainabilityNews
This is offered by the student run project Refika, which introduces us to new perspectives on our coffee habits.
“Coffee is like beer, you pay for what you get”, says organizer Mike Nelson.
Run by Mike and his fellow masters student Colin Hale, Refika has the goal to spread the concept of sustainable living through understanding the sources from where our coffee comes from.
Their initiative coincides well with the decision that Lund’s university joins Fair trade city Lund as a part of a national push for sustainable living. As a part of this, the university will introduce Fair trade coffee to supply the universities annual demand of circa 200,000 cups or the equivalent of 800kg of coffee.
With the support of the Lumes program, the students aim to create an environment for change and focusing on the issues which are relevant not just today but also tomorrow. Coffee being one of our foremost commodities, its a cheap but unsustainable chain of produce. A question being tackled by Refika.
“In this, we want to boost sustainable awareness”, says Mike Nelson, who has spent the last 10 years in the coffee industry in the United Sates and Denmark.
With your experience in the coffee industry, how do you see the next 10 years shaping out?
“I want to continue learning and fueling my passion for coffee, teaching people about change, these interactions on coffee consumption lead to change.”
So where can we find sustainable coffee in Lund?
“There’s this one coffee called “love coffee”, its locally roasted coffee sold here in Lund at the Java tea house.”