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Student and Staff Member Head to Honduras for Coffee Education Program

Counter Culture Coffee Provides Scholarship for Unique Learning Opportunity

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Hyde Park, NY – Kelsey Woodworth, an applied food studies major at The Culinary Institute of America, is in Central America for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn all about coffee from the plant to the cup. Woodworth earned the all-expenses-paid trip from Counter Culture Coffee, a Durham, NC-based indie coffee roaster. Joining Woodworth in Honduras from March 8–13 is Matthew Waldron, operations manager at the Apple Pie Bakery Café on the CIA’s Hyde Park, NY campus.

“The CIA is really good at offering awesome opportunities,” says Woodworth, one of more than 30 CIA students who applied for the scholarship. “This is a fantastic and generous opportunity—a chance to study abroad and go to places I have never been. I am going to be a human sponge and soak up every part of this beautiful experience.”

Woodworth and Waldron are participating in each step of the coffee production process at origin—from harvest to export—and learning about the benefits and challenges of building long-term coffee relationships. Topics on the trip include coffee botany, organic agriculture, processing, contemporary challenges and opportunities for farmers, the structure of coffee cooperatives, milling and exporting, and Honduras’s socio-political history as it relates to the coffee industry.

Other participants on the trip include several Counter Culture Coffee wholesale customers and employees.

“While our educational focus will be on the intricacies of the supply side of the coffee industry, we’ll also be learning about the culture of the coffee producers we’re visiting—food traditions notably included,” says Lydia Troxler Iannetti, Counter Intelligence manager for Counter Culture Coffee. “I expect that the culinary knowledge and passion from the CIA student and staff member will enrich our conversations and contribute to a well-rounded group dynamic.”

Upon returning from Central America, Waldron will be sharing what he learned with CIA students in the Beverages and Customer Service course in the dining room of the Apple Pie Bakery Café. Counter Culture Coffee, which has an ongoing relationship with the college, will be a presenter at the CIA’s annual beverage symposium on April 13.

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The Apple Pie Bakery Café at The Culinary Institute of America. Café Manager Matthew Waldron and CIA student Kelsey Woodworth are in Honduras on a trip sponsored by Counter Culture Coffee to learn all aspects of coffee production. Counter Culture Coffee is served at the The Apple Pie Bakery Café. (Photo credit: CIA/Phil Mansfield)
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About The Culinary Institute of America

Founded in 1946, The Culinary Institute of America is an independent, not-for-profit college offering associate degrees in culinary arts and baking and pastry arts and bachelor's degree majors in management, culinary science, and applied food studies, as well as certificates in culinary arts and wine and beverage studies. As the world's premier culinary college, the CIA provides thought leadership in the areas of health & wellness, sustainability, and world cuisines & cultures through research and conferences. The CIA has a network of 48,000 alumni that includes industry leaders such as Grant Achatz, Anthony Bourdain, Roy Choi, Cat Cora, Dan Coudreaut, Steve Ells, Charlie Palmer, and Roy Yamaguchi. The CIA also offers courses for professionals and enthusiasts, as well as consulting services in support of innovation for the foodservice and hospitality industry. The college has campuses in New York, California, Texas, and Singapore.

About Counter Culture Coffee

Since 1995, Counter Culture Coffee has been dedicated to finding and bringing to market the most delicious coffees in the world. The North Carolina-based roaster sources its beans from farmers with whom they build long-term relationships, and offers coffee at the peak of freshness and flavor. The company's vision is to pursue coffee perfection by developing partnerships dedicated to environmental, social, and fiscal sustainability throughout the coffee supply chain—from farmers to consumers—and by creating cutting-edge coffee people through their Counter Intelligence coffee education curriculum. Counter Culture Coffee is served in the country's top restaurants and coffee shops, and is also available at specialty grocers and online—with subscription options—at

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