Queer-run label Get Better Records has teamed up with Little Amps Coffee Roasters to announce a limited edition of Super Tasty Instant Coffee in support of the label’s forthcoming compilation album Sunday, Someday (out March 26, 2021). Proceeds of this special pre-order album and coffee bundle – AVAILABLE HERE – will go to benefit the LGBT Center of Central PA’s Common Roads program by funding acoustic treatment for youth with sensory needs.
The community-driven collaboration album celebrates friendship and connection and features a lineup of queer, trans, non-binary, and agender artists including KOJI and Full On Mone’t from Harrisburg, PA, as well as LA-based Potty Mouth, UK-based Nervus, and Philadelphia-based Solstice Rey. The five artists were scheduled to tour the UK together in early 2020 but that tour was ultimately canceled due to the pandemic. The artists continued to stay in touch over weekly Sunday Zoom calls, which led to the collaborative creation of the album to help support top surgery aftercare for Full-On Mone’t and the LGBT Center of Central PA.
“We wanted to be a part of creating more access to LGBTQI+ spaces,” says Ally Einbinder of Potty Mouth. “These are resources none of us were fortunate enough to have growing up.”
The Common Roads program is a space for LGBTQI+ youth and young adults in Central PA to find community, connection, and support. The installation of acoustic treatment would greatly improve the environment for participants with sensory issues.
“Our weekly Zoom call has been a space for collectively imagining the world we want to live in,” says Koji Shiraki. “These are lessons that I’ve learned growing up in Harrisburg and come to better understand through the community in the pandemic. Projects like our record and this coffee collaboration will hopefully show that you can use your time, talent, and resources to grow more access to spaces for care and creativity.”
Little Amps is a specialty coffee roaster with three retail locations that source high-quality coffees from around the world and roast them with care in Harrisburg, PA. The coffee for this project was sourced by The Coffee Quest, from Pitalito in Huila, Colombia. It’s not uncommon for coffee buyers to cherry-pick the producer’s highest-scoring lots, leaving many producers struggling and unable to sell their product. The work of Cafe Pitalito represents a dedication to changing that and supporting producers by committing to purchase their entire harvests, year after year.
“We are humbled to direct the coffee for this community-driven project,” says Peter Leonard of Little Amps. “It’s important to support impactful coffee projects like Cafe Pitalito and feels powerful to collaborate with the Sunday, Someday artists, Get Better Records, and the LGBT Center of Central PA who all put community first.”