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What’s in a name? For Allegro Coffee’s Café UBUNTU quite a lot, actually. In Kenya ubuntu means “I am because we are.” If you think that’s a little deep for coffee, read on to find out the notable backstory of this African blend.
But First…a Sale!
This weekend only, from Friday 9/26 through Sunday 9/28, Café UBUNTU is $8.99/lb in bulk and $8.99 per 12-oz package* (ground or whole bean) in our US (price varies in Hawaii*) and Canada stores.
*The sale price in Hawaii is $10.99/lb in bulk and $10.99 per 12-oz package. Sorry, this sale is not valid in our UK stores.
Availability and limits may vary by region, so please contact your store for details. While supplies last. Most of our stores do not provide rainchecks for sales like this.
I Am Because We Are
Like the African concept of ubuntu or interconnectedness, Allegro’s Café UBUNTU is a blend of four distinctive East African coffees that join harmoniously to create a cup with with rich notes of golden raisin, maple and fig.
But there’s more to it than a satisfying cup of coffee.
This light roast shares its name with a café and bakery in Maai Mahiu, Kenya. The café is a project of Comfort the Children International (CTC International), a non-profit that works alongside Kenyan communities to create sustainable change. It’s a beacon for the roughly one million tourists who drive through the area each year. Along with its modern bathroom facilities, the café is the only source of espresso outside of Nairobi en route to the Maasai Mara, and Allegro Coffee and Whole Foods Market Northern California region provided the espresso machine and training. The menu will offer espresso, crepes and farm-to-table options that cater to the local community’s tastes.
In addition to creating jobs in the community, Café Ubuntu serves as a much-needed health and nutrition resource center for the Rift Valley, provides education to the community about sustainable farming and hosts income-generating supper clubs.
And it was Whole Foods Market team members, on a volunteer trip arranged by Whole Planet Foundation, who helped build Café Ubuntu brick by brick.
Your purchase helps, too: 10¢ from each bag of Café UBUNTU coffee sold goes to support CTC International.
Learn more about the collaboration that created the café and what is means for the community of Maai Mahiu in this video.
If you’d like to be a part of the connection that comes from sharing a really good cup of coffee, make sure to stop by your local Whole Foods Market store this weekend and pick up a bag or two of Café UBUNTU while it’s on sale.
Tell us about a moment of connection you’ve had over a cup of coffee in the comments below.
A new study from Taiwan suggests that the ancient system of movement known as tai chi can slow the aging process. Researchers conducted a yearlong study comparing the effects of the practice to those of brisk walking or to no exercise at all among a group of volunteers under the age of 25. Study co-author Shinn-Zong Lin explained that his team used young volunteers because “they have better cell-renewing abilities than the old population, and we also wanted to avoid having chronic diseases and medications as interfering factors." The researchers compared CD34+ cells in the three groups of volunteers and found that those in the tai chi group had counts “significantly higher” than the brisk-walking group. These cells are important “cluster markers” for blood stem cells that are involved in cell self-renewal, differentiation and proliferation changes that amount to rejuvenating and "anti-aging" effects, the researchers said. They also noted that tai chi has been confirmed to benefit patients with mild to moderate Parkinson's disease and fibromyalgia, and cited tai chi’s possible advantages for pain reduction, fall prevention, balance improvement, aerobic capacity, blood pressure, quality of life and stress reduction.
My take? Tai chi is a practical and enjoyable form of mental and physical stimulation and is beneficial for overall health. Like yoga, tai chi is an effective method of stress reduction and relaxation, and it promotes flexibility, balance, and improved body awareness. It is pleasant to watch and perform, and may be particularly helpful for the elderly, as it reduces risk of injury from falls. While it certainly has potential to improve longevity, we’ll need more studies to determine if it can actually reverse the effects of aging.
Shinn-Zong Lin et al, “Tai Chi Intervention Increases Progenitor CD34+ Cells in Young Adults. Cell Transplant. 23(4-5):613-620; 2014.