Sens+Sumis an amalgam of the French word "Sens", which translates to "senses", and the word "Sum". We named it such because our training program stresses on engaging all your senses in making the best cup of coffee. We even end our lecture days drinking the coffee that we roasted. We added the word "Sum" in honor of the collaborative efforts of the visually impaired community and the Washington Talking Book and Braille Library, as they helped us conceptualize how we can use our product packaging in raising braille awareness; the women in prison as they were instrumental in transcribing our braille cards. In just a few months, 3 blind people from the National Federation of the Blind Washington Chapter will have been fully trained on how to roast, brew (french press, Aeropress, pour-overs, etc.), market, and sell high-quality coffee.
Why the braille card?
According to the National Federation of the Blind, lack of braille awareness is one of the major concerns of the visually impaired community. Did you know that less than 10% of the 1.3 million legally blind individuals in the US read braille and that the ability to read Braille correlated to high levels of education, higher likelihood of employment, and higher income? We wanted people to know how important braille is as a literacy tool to the visually impaired, so we incorporated it to our product packaging. Now, here is the fun part. We dare you to read that braille card. Submit your answer below. If you get it right, we'll give you a discount on your next purchase.