SSM is a part of the Mt. Meru Coffee Project
In 1999, a coffee farmer living on the slopes of Mount Meru in Tanzania asked a visiting Milwaukee pastor the simple question; “We grow coffee; you drink coffee; would you buy your coffee from us?” With an answer of “Yes”, the Mt. Meru Coffee Project was born. This has grown to become one element of the partnership between the Greater Milwaukee Synod of the ELCA and the Diocese of Meru of the ELCT.
The Mt. Meru Coffee Project began selling coffee within the congregations of the Greater Milwaukee Synod (GMS) in 2002, with 50 congregations participating.
The grinding and order processing operations, staffed mainly by volunteers, are done in the basement of a Milwaukee area church. The storage and roasting process is currently handled by Imperial Coffee Roasters in Milwaukee. Mt. Meru Coffee is roasted, ground, and packaged in small batches to fill weekly orders.
The Coffee Project partners with the congregations in the Greater Milwaukee Synod through the role of the Mt. Meru Coffee “Ambassadors.” Ambassadors keep their congregations aware of the Coffee Project and sell the Premium Tanzanian Coffee items within their congregations. Mt Meru Coffee is also sold in congregations and other outlets throughout the country. The Project has also established a website and Facebook page to help everyone to stay up to date with the Project and to enable them to order and enjoy its premium coffee.
Mt. Meru Coffee Project coffees are always available for purchase at the Mt Meru Coffee display in the narthex at SSM or online at mtmerucoffee.org. Hazelnut, Butter Pecan, French Vanilla, and Chocolate Raspberry flavors are available in regular or decaf and perfect for after dinner. Feel free to contact Shelly Rosenstock if you have any questions. Asante sana!