Jill Cohn in Concert!

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Jill Cohn will be playing at Mead’s Corner on May 7, 2016. Stop in to hear her play from 8pm-10pm!

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Jill’s Website (www.jillcohn.com)

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Radio Station recently called a concert with Jill Cohn “an evening of Folk Americana Bliss” and her Soul-Stirring Voice in combination with lush arrangements, toe tapping road songs and heart-string tugging ballads had the Los Feliz Journal (Los Angeles, CA) naming her album a 2012 top 10 indie pick.

“Her songs are beautifully crafted, sometimes bittersweet and sometimes hopeful, but ever easy and melodic with soulful and savvy lyrics” – Chicago Tribune 5/2014

Songstress, Jill Cohn returns in 2015 with a new release, “Heartstrings Touching Ground” produced by Grammy Award Winning Producer Malcolm Burn, who has credits with Bob Dylan, Daniel Lanois and is best known for his production on “Red Dirt Girl”, by EmmyLou Harris. After hearing Jill’s song, “Yellow Rose” which is about the struggles of the common man against corporate America, Burns invited the Seattle Songstress to record with him in his Kingston NY studio. This collaboration has resulted in a stunning new collection of deeply personal songs with a universal message of hope. Cohn’s songs pay homage to artists like Joni Mitchell, Sarah McLachlan and the Counting Crows, with tunes ranging from personal reflections to musical contemplations of domestic violence and vanishing rain forests. Raised in a small town in Eastern Washington, Cohn started singing before she started talking, and music has always been an integral part of her journey. A full-time musician since 1999, Cohn has released nine critically-acclaimed independent releases, has gained notoriety with her songs placed in popular TV shows and continues making her live shows the centerpiece of her musical endeavors. In addition to being an endorsee of Taylor Guitars and Elixir Strings since 2001, she was a top five finalist in the Lilith Fair Talent Search and has opened for many well-known artists including Jewel and Dave Matthews.

Listen to Jill’s newest song, “Honey Dear”
https://soundcloud.com/jill-cohn/honey-dear

 

Racing for Stoves in Guatemala!

Partnering with Wichita Running Company for the Battle of the Bean 5K and Jelly Bean Dash, Mead’s Corner is privileged to be the non-profit organization receiving proceeds from the event. As Mead’s Corner is owned by the First United Methodist Church of Wichita, we have decided to give the proceeds from the race to the Guatemala Stoves Project started by a missions group at FUMC. The project was started several years ago and continues to grow in its success.

Many women in Guatemala are cooking with stoves that are on the ground and in windowless kitchens. Burns, lung disease, and eye diseases are major health concerns for women due to these fires. The Stoves Project is one that builds vented stoves out of concrete. They are both enclosed and up and off the ground.  The most important aspect of the Guatemalan stoves is that FUMC is teaching local men in different Mayan villages how to build these stoves themselves so that when the team leaves, the men are then self-sufficient and able to continue building.

Visit the shop to see a replica of one of the stoves. Visit http://kcrunningco.wix.com/wichita-running to join the race and help our friends in Guatemala!

Battle of the Bean!

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Mead’s Corner is excited to be partnering next month with Wichita Running Company to bring you the Battle of the Bean 5K and Jelly Bean Dash!

Choose your team: Team Cocoa or Team Coffee and run or walk for fun and in support of missions.

Mead’s will be providing hot chocolate and coffee to race participants so if running isn’t your thing, there are plenty of opportunities to volunteer. Come out and support your friends and community. You might even see a few of your favorite Mead’s baristas running the race!

Visit http://kcrunningco.wix.com/wichita-running  for more information and to register to run or volunteer. Early registration ends January 25th so hurry and sign up!

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About Us

Welcome to Mead’s Corner, a Fair Trade Coffeehouse. Mead’s Corner is more than just a coffeehouse and entertainment venue. Mead’s Corner is a place where Church and community cross paths. Mead’s Corner is a place where people spend time together over coffee, lunch, a latte, a dessert or conversation, in a place that demonstrates love for others, a passion for mission to people in need, and an environment rich in arts and live music. Browse our website to find out more about us. Thanks for dropping by!

Volunteer

A fantastic way of getting involved at Mead’s is to act as a volunteer. Our coffeehouse is volunteer driven! It takes a small army to accomplish what we’re setting out to do. From cleaning tables, greeting customers, service prep, to even drink and food creation, there’s a place for you. Come and meet fantastic people and make a difference at this unique coffeehouse!

Outreach Teams

Outreach, missions, service… these seem like staple words for the religious community. But here’s a thought, the church doesn’t own these terms!! In fact, isn’t it everyone’s responsibility to care for those in need and make a positive impact in our world? Wouldn’t it be amazing for a group of like minded individuals to create a team to do service for our community? Or perhaps travel to a foreign country to serve those who are suffering? These things happen a lot in the Church but they can happen outside of the Church too! If you’ve ever had a passion for doing something radical to change out world, come talk to us and we’ll see how we can make it happen!

How to get involved!

Jesus was all about serving others (check out Mark 10:45). The Church is all about serving others (check out James 1:27). Mead’s Corner is all about serving others and fostering community. To do that we need… community! Our vision is to organically create teams of like minded individuals who want to make our city and world a better place. Some of this vision can be fulfilled here at the corner of Emporia & Douglas. The rest of this vision needs to be fulfilled throughout the city and abroad. Regardless, there is an opportunity for you, religious or not, to serve!

What is Fair Trade?

Fair Trade is much more than a fair price! Fair Trade principles include:

  • Fair price:  Democratically organized farmer groups receive a guaranteed minimum floor price and an additional premium for certified organic products. Farmer organizations are also eligible for pre-harvest credit.
  • Fair labor conditions:  Workers on Fair Trade farms enjoy freedom of association, safe working conditions, and living wages. Forced child labor is strictly prohibited.
  • Direct trade:  With Fair Trade, importers purchase from Fair Trade producer groups as directly as possible, eliminating unnecessary middlemen and empowering farmers to develop the business capacity necessary to compete in the global marketplace.
  • Democratic and transparent organizations:  Fair Trade farmers and farm workers decide democratically how to invest Fair Trade revenues.
  • Community development:  Fair Trade farmers and farm workers invest Fair Trade premiums in social and business development projects like scholarship programs, quality improvement trainings, and organic certification.
  • Environmental sustainability:  Harmful agrochemicals and GMOs are strictly prohibited in favor of environmentally sustainable farming methods that protect farmer’s health and preserve valuable ecosystems for future generations.

What is Direct Trade?

Our coffee supplier, PT’s Coffee Roasting Co., is committed to working with coffee farmers who are true artisans of coffee cultivation and practice their craft with dedication, skill and passion. We work with, and offer our support to, these skilled artisan farmers for the sole purpose of presenting our customers only the highest-quality coffee.

We believe there are a number of critical factors contributing to the growth of a truly exceptional coffee, and that farmers are one of the key factors. Therefore we believe those who do great work should get a great price; we do not believe in coffee subsidies.

Working with producers to deliver the highest-quality coffee for our customers requires that we listen and give feedback in their creation.

We believe that an artisan coffee farmer who grows an award-winning coffee should be given all the credit. Recognition develops dedication to craftsmanship, skill for production and passion for the harvest quality.

We know that great coffee can be produced through sustainable methods. We only work with farmers who think long and hard about economic, social, and environmental conditions of their farms and their communities. Sustainable does not have to mean organic, but it certainly could.

We seek to deliver the highest possible return to farmers and require our importers, exporters, cooperatives and farmers to agree upon the financial distribution prior to harvest and act transparently in the execution of distribution, allowing us to monitor the committed delivery price to the farmers.

We believe our goals are more effectively achieved when the number of individuals or organizations between the coffee farmer and PT’s Coffee Roasting Co. are minimized to allow for better communication. Through our Direct Trade Coffee program we feel we can achieve an excellent quality coffee and promote a sustainable coffee crop.

PT’s Coffee Roasting Co. – Direct Trade Coffee Criteria

  • Coffee quality must be exceptional. All decisions flow from the quality of coffee in the cup.
  • The verifiable price to the farmer or the local coop, not simply the exporter, must exceed the C Market price and or Fair Trade price by a minimum 25% for any coffee scoring above 88 on the cupping table.
  • The farmer must be committed to sustainable-quality coffee, healthy environmental practices and responsible community practices.
  • PTs Coffee Roasting Co. representatives must visit the farm or cooperative at least once per harvest season. We may visit two or three times per year: pre-harvest to craft strategy, during the harvest to monitor quality, and post-harvest to review and celebrate the successes.
  • All Direct Trade participants must be open to transparent disclosure of financial deliveries back to the individual farmers.