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|Issue of December 11, 2013
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Residents of The House of New Beginnings and visitors may notice a potent and, perhaps pleasant, aroma drifting from the kitchen of the home, located along Floyd Street in Corydon.
The house's director, Kevin Darst, recently acquired a coffee bean roster that has led to a small, but rewarding, fundraiser for the house, a residential home for men recovering from drugs or alcohol.
Black Sheep Coffee receives its beans from Sweet Maria's in California, but the beans originate from all over the world, including Mexico, Ethiopia, Kenya, Guatemala, Honduras and Colombia.
Kevin Darst, director of The House of New Beginnings, pours coffee beans into a roaster Monday afternoon. The beans, packaged as Black Sheep Coffee, serve as a fundraiser for the halfway house in Corydon. Photo by Ross Schulz (click for larger version)
"We're kind of the black sheep of the family," Darst said of the name.
As of now, the coffee beans are only sold at the house and Arlston's Booksellers on the Corydon town square.
Wayne Alstott who owns the book store with his wife, Veronica, said he drinks the coffee; his favorite is the Mexican beans.
Darst said fresh-roasted coffee is not currently available anywhere else in Corydon.
Each bag of beans is stamped with the roasted date on it.
"I like coffee and knew a lot of other people did," Darst said of the reason to start the fundraiser. "Once someone drinks fresh coffee, they notice a difference."
Darst said he does all of the roasting, along with any resident of the house who wants to learn.
"The guys help roast, bag it and weigh it," he said.
Residents who learn to roast coffee beans can help their job prospects, not so much in this area, but definitely in Louisville, Darst said.
Coffee is a staple in the recovery community, Darst said, because many people use coffee to replace their addictions.
A one-pound bag costs $12, providing a $6 profit for the house.
The only other fundraiser the house has is an annual golf scramble, which took place last month.
The program is mostly self-supporting with 80 percent of the budget from rent, while the rest is paid for through grants and donations. No taxpayer dollars are used for the facility.
For more information about Black Sheep Coffee or the house, call Darst at 738-3179.