A Bright Spot on the RVA Coffee Scene
Eli Thompson, an Outer Banks local turned Richmonder, created Bright Spot Coffee upon discovering a need for more love and equality in the coffee industry and the world as a whole. Thompson says, “Our goal is to inspire positivity and change through coffee.” Coffee is available from 3 to 6 p.m. every other Tuesday at the Birdhouse Farmers’ Market.
As a new, philanthropic coffee roaster, Bright Spot Coffee intends to work alongside other coffee professionals focused on making positive change in coffee-producing countries. “For too long, coffee farmers in producing countries have had to deal with issues like unequal wages, food insecurity and the lack of agricultural education.”
Bright Spot’s Her House Blend is a mix of organic, fair trade beans from Peru, Columbia and Rwanda, all grown and produced by women farmers. At the end of the year, Bright Spot Coffee donates 5 percent of the proceeds to the farms in the countries where the beans were produced and 5 percent to a local women’s crisis center of their choosing.
Market location: 1507 Grayland Ave. For more information, visit BrightSpotCoffee.com.