DC's New Coffee Roastery: Socially Responsible; Woman-Owned & Operated
A new face to the world of cofee.
Candy Schibli graduated college with a degree in engineering and then graduate school in environmental sciences—natural resource management, which led her to Costa Rica and with that, enlightenment and a new career.
In December of 2016, she made a conscious effort to move forward in doing something that afforded her more time with people, food, agriculture and the equatorial lifestyle. She chose coffee and opened Southeastern Roastery, in Washington, D.C.'s Adams Morgan neighborhood.
"I view it as food...as a basic substance that when given good attention can offer so much pleasure, Schibli said. "It's an agricultural product that spans culture with a rich and complex history that mirrors trade, travel, and mixes local and international sentiments. All of these things drew me into the coffee industry."
You know we had to ask her about her hair... Schibli says, "My relationship to my hair and skin is not complex or out of the norm I think. My hair is mine; I don't dislike it and I work with what I've got. I've shaved off completely, twice, I've relaxed it, pressed it, bleached it, loc'd it. I'm not wed to it, and don't have any hang-up about it. It's really not something I think about every day."
Beautifully southern, the brand is committed to promoting the cultural exchange, open dialogue, and collective creativity that coffee communion has historically and internationally nurtured.
"I am building cross-border relationships through this common ecosystem using what I have gained throughout my life. This opportunity is my gift from the universe, from which I am ever learning and ever growing. And, even at its tumultuous and unpredictable times, I compassionately accept and look forward to sharing its beauty," Schibli says.
Women play an integral role in Southeastern Roastery. Not only is the business woman-owned and operated, one of Schibli's main focuses is to seek out and incorporate women from importers to producer-based social programs that place an emphasis on woman's health and well-being. Southeastern Roastery currently imports from both international and more local green coffee growers with which Schibli builds a close relationship.
Female importers represent Paisa Coffee out of Colombia and Chiru Coffee of Kenya. Southeastern Roastery also imports from Keffa Coffee and Gold Mountain Coffee (to which Schibli conducted an origin trip in January 2017) which focus on supporting and implementing programs for women and girls in Ethiopia, Indonesia, and Nicaragua. Schibli is constantly researching constantly to make more connections like these in the industry.
The beans utilized from Southeastern Roastery come from coffee producers that adhere to standards of the Specialty Coffee Association, which means that they place a high value and emphasis on social, economic, and environmental sustainability. Farming practices and payments are implemented such that roasters receive the best taste out of the beans and the farmers are paid higher wages for their quality work.
Southeastern Roastery currently roasts their beans onsite at Songbyrd Music House & Record Cafe located at 2475 18th St NW. Coffee is sold daily by the cup and whole bean by the bag, and is available world-wide online. Coffee Tastings are held the first and third Sunday of each month from 8-11 am at Songbyrd.