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Posted at 3:10 PM ET, 09/21/2007

Take a Ride With Culture

By Erin

Ever want to get your barista on and feel good doing it? Tomorrow could be your chance. Counter Culture Coffee, which sources sustainable, organic coffee from small farmers around the world, is opening a regional training center in Adams Morgan Saturday with a grand opening party from 7 to 10 p.m.

The festivities commence earlier in the day with a circuit bicycle ride around the city to benefit Bikes to Rwanda. There are a few key reasons why you should get out and pedal tomorrow. The first is, obviously, to support the year-old organization, which provides cargo bicycles to co-op coffee farmers in Rwanda who are trying to recover from the devastation of the genocide. There is a $10 suggested donation to participate and all proceeds go to Bikes to Rwanda. Registration begins at Kalorama Park at 3:30 and the ride takes off at 4. The second reason is that this ride will take you to Baked and Wired, Big Bear Café and Murky Coffee -- all customers of Counter Culture Coffee -- where you can partake in free coffee and some door prizes. If you're wondering where else you've sipped the company java, they also supply to the Diner/Tryst/Open City, Dolcezza, Busboys and Poets, My Organic Market and Whole Foods. Finally, participating in the ride will get you access to the pre-party for the open house and VIP access at the party itself.

If coffee is your thing, this party is not to be missed. There will be beer and wine, hors d'oeuvres and, of course, espresso. I spoke to the company's marketing and communications manager, Mark Overbay, who tells me that some of the best baristas in the country will descend on the party to dazzle with their espresso skills. And dazzling it could very well be. The party, located at the new headquarters at 1836 Columbia Rd., Suite 202, will encourage "espresso free play," but the real action should pick up as the caffeine kicks in. According to Overbay, the last party in Atlanta lasted well into the wee hours with an impromptu winner-take-all latte art competition. Well, that should froth things up.

--Erin

By Erin  | September 21, 2007; 3:10 PM ET
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