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Coffee Founder to Speak at Commencement, May 14

Todd Carmichael
Todd Carmichael
4/1/2011 —

(If you are unable to attend the event, you may watch the program live by clicking here the day of the event.)

Penn State Brandywine graduates will get a dose of java-like energy on graduation day as they hear from keynote speaker Todd Carmichael, CEO and co-founder of La Colombe Torrefaction, on Saturday, May 14 in the Commons/Athletic Center Gymnasium at 10 a.m.

Carmichael has spent the past 18 years advancing the way the nation experiences its coffee. In pressing the limits of taste, service, and, most notably, coffee sourcing—venturing into the world’s developing countries to responsibly and sustainably gather the planet’s best coffee no matter the origins—he has converted the nation’s culinary elite into La Colombe drinkers.

A passionate crusader for social and ecological causes, Carmichael, according to his bio, has a decade-long history of undertaking self-supported treks into challenging environments. He’s visited nearly half the world’s countries, crossed large parts of the Sahara on foot, and was the first American to solo trek across Antarctica from the coast to the South Pole. The Antarctic trek also earned Carmichael the world speed record for crossing the continent by foot— 39 days, seven hours, and 49 minutes.

He’s been an attaché to the Saudi Royal family, is married to singer songwriter Lauren Hart, and has recently expanded his family exponentially by adopting three daughters from Ethiopia. He is also an author and contributor to the Huffington Post and Esquire magazines, and is currently working on becoming the first man to traverse Death Valley, north to south, unsupported and unaided.

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