Bertha Climbs To New Heights

Bertha Climbs To New Heights

The Wonderland Inspiration

Wonderland is an earthy and smooth blend with bold tones and light notes of black tea and brown sugar cinnamon. This blend was inspired by the rugged nature of the Pacific Northwest. The creators took a spin on this blend when roasting it lightly, incorporating the airiness and brightness of the snowy winter forests. Wonderland is brought to life by a coffee from Honduras - near the Cerro Azul Mountains. The incredible bio-diversity of the region is where this crop calls home. The coffee from these foothills are often bold and nutty, making them a unique bean and crop to this region. Read our Wonderland inspired story below, where the mountains were calling and only the bravest dared to answer.

When Bertha Climbed Wonderland

The Wonderland Trail, on the slopes of Mount Rainier, was first climbed in 1909 by the Mountaineers. Among the ranks of the first expedition was Bertha Knight Landes, the woman who would become the first female mayor of Seattle. Scaling gigantic mountains was in line with her tough personality. She manifested every daredevil adventure she put her mind to. Climbing up glaciers and crossing chasms in an ankle-length wool skirt isn’t for the faint of heart, after all.

Joining Landes was another female Mountaineer who was a teacher: Lydia Lovering. Lydia was a fellow suffragette who left a pennant in the crater of Mt. Rainer that read “Votes for Women.” During her Mountaineering years, Landes was an active civic organizer, heading up several women’s groups as well as sitting as the president of the Washington State chapter of the League of Women voters.

How tough was Bertha Knight Landes? A century after she joined the Mountaineers in their groundbreaking expedition of the Wonderland Trail, the Seattle city council named a 57-foot-diameter tunnel-boring machine after her. "Bertha", the machine, would be used to plow a new automobile route under the city near the ailing Alaskan Way Viaduct. Bertha Knight Landes was thus remembered as someone who plowed ahead through all strata of apparently impossible obstacles. Undaunted, she forged a new path for women.

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