The Herald reports that Bourbon Coffee "expects" to open its new location in the Porter Exchange on December 10th. The coffee shop is owned by a former refugee from Rwanda, a country that is home to four Bourbon Coffee locations and the farms that grow the company's beans, which are obtained through direct trade. The Cambridge spot will be the third in the United States, following NYC and D.C. The owner flatters Cambridge by saying he wanted to open a store in the country's "intellectual capital." (Apparently he doesn't listen to Car Talk.) The shop also hopes to sell cows. Or rather it plans to hold fundraisers that will enable Rwandan farmers to buy cows and wants to start a Cambridge-Rwanda exchange program with an area college. And to think coffee shops used to just be coffee shops.
· Rwandan coffee shop promotes direct trade in Cambridge [Boston Herald]