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    The Coffee Santhe promises latte art, experimental blends, live music and more

    If you’re the kind who knows your robusta from your arabica, can’t do without your single-origin coffee sourced from a small farm in Ethiopia, and can list out the advantages of the French press over the pour-over without batting an eyelid, chances are you’d be more than interested in heading to the Karnataka Chitrakala Parishat this weekend.

    The art institution plays host to the third edition of the Coffee Santhe, an annual fundraiser by the Indian chapter of the Women’s Coffee Alliance.

    Tapping into the burgeoning coffee culture, the organisation seeks to draw attention to the condition of women planters and labourers across plantations in Sakleshpur, Chikmagalur and Coorg.

    “The Alliance was formed back in 2012 to provide financial support to female workers and their girl children at coffee plantations. We’ve identified around 20-25 girls (labourers’ daughters) for whom we’re providing education right from kindergarten, until they complete their studies, whether it’s a bachelor’s degree or a PhD. As a part of this initiative, we even provide health insurance to the entire family. We also conduct health camps throughout the year for all our female labourers and distribute eggs to their families, for their daily protein intake,” shares DM Purnesh, founder of Classic Synergy, a coffee manufacturing company, and a member of the Alliance.

    Held in collaboration with the International Women’s Coffee Alliance, USA, the three-day event will see a barista championship, stalls selling the latest crop of cutting-edge coffee equipment and a coffee art corner by artists Hima Bindu and Deep Duth.

    The Brew Bar, a stall where you can get your caffeine fix with the added bonus of latte art, is another feature to look forward to. Coffee nerds can also expect the unveiling of new blends and learn about coffee and dessert pairings.

    The event offers a balanced mix of traditional and experimental stalls by labels such as Flying Squirrel, True South and Blue Tokai Coffee Roasters.

    December 2-4. At Kumara Krupa High Grounds.

    Details: facebook.com/WCAIndia/

    Rashmi Rajagopal Lobo


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