Vermont Artisan Launches Limited Edition Coffee To Honor Vermont Sustainability Pioneer, Rick Peyser


Food 4 Farmers and Vermont Artisan Coffee are proud to announce the second release of Roasted Rick’s, a series of limited-edition coffees that honor the work of Rick Peyser and the farming families at the heart of the coffee industry. Peyser is co-founder of Food 4 Farmers and has been advocating for equitable livelihoods for coffee farmers and their communities for 30 years.

“We’ve worked with Rick for years and admire his tireless advocacy on behalf of coffee-farming communities. We were inspired by Food 4 Farmers’ campaign honoring his work and are proud to launch our own blend,” said Mané Alves, Owner of Vermont Artisan Coffee & Tea.

This release of Roasted Rick’s is a blend of coffee from Fazenda São Francisco in Brazil and the small farmers of Anserma Cooperative in Colombia. Tasting notes are sweet and fruity with nutty notes and milk chocolate. The coffee will be personally roasted by Vermont Artisan founder and owner Mané Alves and is available directly through Vermont Artisan Coffee & Tea at All proceeds will fund Food 4 Farmers’ food security work with coffee-farming families in Latin America.

Peyser co-founded Food 4 Farmers with Marcela Pino and Janice Nadworny in 2011 to address “Los Meses Flacos” — the months of chronic seasonal hunger affecting millions of coffee-farming families. For 20 years, he was instrumental in developing and promoting Green Mountain Coffee Roasters’ coffee community outreach. His advocacy for coffee farmers and their families continues to this day. Peyser is also the co-author of Brewing Change: Behind the Bean at Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, which chronicles the plight of coffee farmers and the development of the sustainable coffee movement.

“I’m more committed than ever to bring attention to — and change — the system that has oppressed generations of coffee-farming families. This special coffee honors the farmers and communities I’ve worked with over the years, and will bolster their resilience, food security, and livelihoods in the face of yet another challenge: the COVID-19 pandemic,” Peyser said.

Food 4 Farmers’ food security work has become more critical than ever as COVID-19 sweeps through Latin America, where the effects of climate change and low coffee prices have already put small-scale coffee farmers and their families at risk. Food 4 Farmers develops programs with cooperatives and farming families to produce food locally, diversify income, build resilience, and weather the effects of unexpected crises like the pandemic.

About Vermont Artisan Coffee & Tea

Vermont Artisan Coffee & Tea, Co. provides fresh roasted artisan coffees & exotic teas to retail establishments, café’s, & markets throughout Vermont, New England & nationally. The company was founded by Mané Alves, who has been in the specialty coffee industry for 20+ years, & prior to that, the wine industry in California. The company is managed by Mane, his wife Holly, and Renee Adams. Vermont Artisan shares a passion for great coffee & is dedicated to delivering the highest quality coffee & tea products to all of its customers, week in & week out.

About Food 4 Farmers

Food 4 Farmers partners with Latin American coffee-farming communities to cultivate a food-secure future. The team coaches and connects coffee cooperatives, small-scale farmers, and their families with the expertise they need to strengthen local food systems, build economic independence, cultivate leadership among families, women and young people, and support environmentally-friendly farming practices. For more information visit

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