Local coffee house Stirs up partnership with Project Bloom

Thu, Feb 26, 2015

Delta, B.C. After a warm and steamy reception at last year’s event, Project Bloom is pleased to announce the return of Stir Coffee House.

Java junkies of all kinds can anticipate specialty coffees and teas, as well as the premium espresso service that Stir Coffee and its award-winning baristas have become known for. Stir barista Erika Driver placed third overall and second in the “People’s Choice” category in last year’s Vancouver Foodster Barista Challenge for her tasting trio of espresso, a manual brew over ice, and a single shot cut with steamed whole milk.

Another Stir barista, Stacey Lynden, competed in the Canadian National Barista Competition in Ontario last year after finishing fourth at a regional competition in Vancouver.

Stir’s Honduran brew from Forty Ninth Parallel Roasters is sure to please and guests can also order Americanos as part of the espresso service.

“It has a nice honey and peach aroma with flavours of peach and passionfruit,” says Stir owner Robert Lowe of the Honduran coffee. “We’ll also have a medium roast for the dessert portion, and for tea service we’ll offer the pear sencha again.”

KPU Foundation’s annual Project Bloom supports International Women’s Day by raising money for an endowment fund for women who wish to attend Kwantlen Polytechnic University. One hundred per cent of proceeds from the event go toward the endowment.

Lowe has a longstanding family history of being involved in the community. Located in Ladner, Stir Coffee House was once home to his family’s grocery store. Ladner Grocery, known to most as Johnny’s, was owned and operated by Lowe’s parents from 1963 to 1994. And it was here that Lowe and his siblings spent most of their time growing up.  

“They carried everything from groceries to comic books to candies, but it was a store known mainly for the flowers and plants,” says Lowe.

Lowe adds that Stir is passionate about supporting community initiatives and Project Bloom is a great cause. Stir also supports local artists and musicians, and local initiatives like the South Delta Food Bank.

Set for March 6 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Harris Barn in Ladner, Project Bloom encourages collaboration and community. Guests have a unique opportunity to be inspired by brilliant, ambitious and dedicated women in an environment that supports growth and continuous learning. It is the mission of Project Bloom to serve as a platform to empower one another through the meaningful exchange of experiences and expertise.

Project Bloom brings together inspirational community leaders as keynote speakers. This year’s keynote speaker is Tamara Vrooman, president and CEO of Vancity. The event is emceed by CTV’s Keri Adams.

Tickets are $125 and available by calling 604-599-2010 or visiting kpu.ca/foundation/project-bloom. You can also check out Project Bloom on Facebook at facebook.com/kpuprojectbloom

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