World-renown coffee taster Tracy Allen taught her trade secrets to guests at a special event held April 5 at Enigma Rarities, a coffee shoppe in historic Lexington.
The event, called a ‘cupping,’ introduced the 17 attendees to a special coffee tasting experience. Allen shared the importance of looking at the color, savoring the aromas of the dry and brewed cups of coffee, and finally tasting the finished cups.
Partnering with the House of Hope, a domestic violence and abuse center for women and children, Enigma Rarities will donate $2 for every bag of coffee sold through the month of April to the shelter.
“For Enigma Rarities to be able to partner with House of Hope is very exciting,” said Abigail Cool with Enigma Rarities. “We have been planning to host a ‘cupping’ at our shoppe for some time, but when this opportunity arose, we were more than willing to share our event in order to help bring some additional awareness to this great organization.”
House of Hope is a not-for-profit organization devoted to helping victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Located in Lexington since 1996, they have helped 66 women and 86 children. Currently, 20 are sheltered in the facility. The Community Outreach Center for House of Hope is located at 301 Broadway in Lexington.
“Our mission is to continue our work until the violence ends. We have been working hard for women and children for 13 years,” said Christal Milligan, volunteer coordinator with House of Hope. “The more people know about us, the more they can spread the word that there is help available. Women and children who are experiencing abuse think no one cares about what they are going through. They need to know we can help.”
Services provided by House of Hope include a 24-hour crisis hotline, domestic violence and sexual assault crisis intervention, supervised visitation for children and their non-custodial parents, case management, housing, employment, and medical referrals, transportation, support groups for adults and children, outreach services, community awareness and education, and parenting classes. Services are open to male and female victims of any age.
Enigma Rarities, located at 1117 Main in Lexington, is a coffee shoppe that also sells rare books, historical newspapers, museum-quality ancient artifacts and original drawings by famous artists.