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Hobo Ed’s Artisan Coffee Roasters: pouring coffee at January’s “What’s for Dinner” event

Hobo Ed’s Artisan Coffee Roasters: pouring coffee at January’s “What’s for Dinner” event

Thank you to Brendan Tracy, guest blogger for this Q and A with Ed Humpal of Hobo Ed’s Artisan Coffee Roasters.  We are pleased to have Ed and his coffee join us at our upcoming January What’s for Dinner event.

Hobo EdCan you give me a little background about you and how you got from Kimberton Waldorf School to local coffee roaster?    After 14 rewarding years at the Kimberton Waldorf School, I wanted to do something completely different. I had been an espresso lover since travelling in Europe in 1973. I decided to buy an espresso truck and travel to festivals which I did for a few years with my son, Tony, who now cooks for the hot bar and cafe in Kimberton Whole Foods, and sometimes with my daughter, Mary. The name Hobo Ed’s came from this period, because we traveled all over, from the Catskills to the Florida Panhandle, although we finally focused on the Mid Atlantic.

What inspired you to get into roasting?    I started roasting in my shed to supply my own concession, and got very interested in it. Kimberton Whole Foods tried my coffee in the cafe and grocery, where I got some following right away, and eventually I sold the truck to concentrate on wholesale roasting. First I roasted in an abandoned restaurant in Glenmoore, later in the KWF warehouse in Leola, and finally at Stoudt’s Wonderful Good Market in Adamstown, PA, already the home of artisan beer, bread, and cheese. I’ve been roasting about seven years and work with my son, Mike. My largest customer is still Kimberton Whole Foods, where I am carried in the Kimberton, Downingtown, Malvern and Douglasville stores. My coffee is also available at The Roots Cafe and Cathey’s Coffee Bar, both in West Chester, The Camphill Cafe, The Wellington Book Shop in Eagleview (recently awarded “Best Anti-Corporate Coffee Experience” by Mainline Today) Stoudt’s Black Angus Restaurant in Adamstown, and the Whole Foods Market in Jenkintown.

Hobo EdHow do you source your beans?    I buy only organic and fair trade coffees, although I do not participate in the USDA organic program, so I do not use the familiar green sticker. All coffees are certified organic in their countries of origin by USDA and local inspectors; My favorite coffees come from Sumatra, Ethopia, and Nicaragua. These three regions are well represented in the Hobo Ed coffee line.

Can you tell me some more about Grounds for Health?   Grounds for Health is a personal passion of mine. They address cervical cancer in the developing world, especially in migrant populations, the very people who pick much of our coffee. This disease is the largest killer by cancer among migrant women, many of whom never see a doctor in their lives. If you want a better world, you have to keep the Moms alive. Grounds for Health has been an inspiring innovator in the field, and much more can be found out about them at

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Our second farm to table fundraising event What’s For Dinner? will be held on Saturday, January 31 starting at 6 p.m.  The evening’s menu will be filled with local and organic foods, many also biodynamic, either grown or raised right in Kimberton Hills, or by our neighbors. The event will begin with hors d’oeuvres, beer and wine, followed by dinner in the Camphill Café. Between courses, attendees will hear directly from the growers and producers to learn more about the foods served that evening.

The menu will feature food and beverages from:
Cucina Verde
Kimberton Hills Dairy
The Farm at Doe Run
Hobo Ed’s Artisan Coffee Roasters
Sankanac CSA at Kimberton Hills
Secret Garden Herb Garden at Kimberton Hills
Sly Fox Beer
Sweet Water Baking Company
Chef Seth Williams of Landis Store Hotel
Desserts made by Susan Bacus Morgan

Tickets range from $100-125 per person as you are able. Reservations may be made online here. Please RSVP by January 20.

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