Once again, Lycoming College is participating in the Salvation Army’s Festival of Trees fundraiser. This year, Lycoming created a Warrior Coffee-themed tree, with ornaments fashioned by student organizations and clubs, as well as bags of coffee, gift cards to the campus store and more. The decorations spotlight how Warrior Coffee sales support opportunities for students across campus to study and conduct research in the developing world through community and economic development projects. Many different Lycoming College departments, including Chemistry, Education and Political Science, are now involved with the coffee project in the Dominican Republic.
The Festival of Trees is currently on display at the Lycoming Mall and features about 50 different trees — each decked out in a different theme, and each sponsored by a local Williamsport organization. The trees will be auctioned off on Dec. 9 at 7pm, so be sure to cast your vote before then at the Lycoming College Bookstore on campus. The Salvation Army asks for a donation of $1 per vote. All proceeds will benefit Salvation Army programs in the Williamsport community.
It should be noted that in 2015-2016 the Dominican Republic exported approximately 15,000 bags of coffee — just 3.75 percent of the country’s yearly production. With the bulk of that headed for Europe, finding Dominican Republic coffee in the United States can be a difficult task. The Lycoming brand of Warrior Coffee and the specialty microlots, which showcase the unique qualities of beans grown in a specific area in a single season, are quite impressive in taste and quality, and can be easily purchased at the Lyco Online Bookstore, as well as in the campus bookstore.