What’s a Little Coffee Between Friends? Rise Up Coffee!
This is as much a blog post as an advertisement and a thank you note to Rise Up Coffee. A PCV friend of mine in Zaqatala pointed out this phenomenal offer from Rise Up Coffee to send coffee to PCVs worldwide. I knew there were perks to being a Peace Corps Volunteer, but who knew they included packages of coffee arriving for free? As it turns out, one of the founders of Rise Up is an RPCV who served in Micronesia, and felt compelled to do what he could to help current PCVs. Hopefully one day I, too, will be in a position to give back to the PCV community. Look how easy it was to get on the list:
Now, all that’s left to do is wait. This experiment is braving the postal channels of the developing world, which are not always the most reliable. Hopefully they sent it USPS. A little-known fact about UPS and FedEx and DHL: They only deliver to the capital city, Baku. USPS, however, is full service, making the last leg of the trip to Lənkəran, as expected. In another stroke of awesomeness, Rise Up Coffee also put up a map of the where they were sending coffee to PCVs. Clicking in on there you can find my pin in Lənkəran, Azərbaycan. I don’t know how much time to estimate on receiving this coffee, but I figure that it’s worth the wait. The alternative is an instant version of ‘coffee’ that only insults what most people would identify as real coffee. For a place that tries to identify so strongly with Turkey, I’m a bit surprised that they don’t really do the Turkish Coffee thing (or Georgian Coffee, either, which is about the same). As such, importing is the only real option here. Thanks, Rise Up Coffee!