When I was in grade school back in Scotland in the late fifties, we did a project on coffee beans. Everyone in the class had to choose a part of the development of the coffee bean plant, and create a large drawing to put up on the classroom wall while we studied the subject. I was probably about eight years old, I was fascinated and my life long obsession with coffee had begun.

For years I had to be content with instant Nescafe, all that was available to me, but on a trip to France as a teenager I finally tasted real coffee. There was no going back and I have strived to drink only the best ever since. So when it came to choosing the right coffee to serve in our café, I was delighted when Noah discovered Café Monte Alto in Plymouth.

Hertha (Micky to her friends) grew up in Peru. She met Eddie there and together they purchased and resorted an old coffee plantation. When the couple moved to Plymouth NH to be closer to Eddie’s family, in the 90’s they opened Café Monte Alto and started importing premium green beans from family-owned farms in Puerto Rico and Peru.

I love that the coffee is grown by families, imported and roasted by a family business, and served by this family business to our customers. Micky and Eddie are committed to providing good quality coffee in harmony with the environment. All their coffee is 100% shade grown, organic and fairly traded at each level of the production line, something extremely important to us. The commitment doesn’t stop there. Micky and Eddie set up a non-profit called, COOPERU, which raises money to help workers and their families. The donations from their customers have already helped with the renovation and expansion of a local school in the coffee growing region.


We love Café Monte Alto, we love their coffee, and we hope you do too!



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    Linda Carmichael

    Born under the shadows of the great shipyards of Clydeside in Glasgow, into a working class family (her papa was a riveter on the Queen Mary) she became an actress in her twenties, working in TV, radio, film and theater. She is well travelled and in her thirties, while juggling motherhood with her acting career she moved, as a single parent to the U.S. where she met and married her husband David, over twenty years ago. Together with David's multi talented son, Noah they created The Mill trio of businesses.

    Linda is dedicated to keeping live performance going, particularly the time honored traditions in music before the era where radio stations only play artists guaranteed to make millions of sales.

    Community is very important to Linda and she enjoys the fact that a very strong and vital community has grown from the idea that is, THE BACK ROOM. 


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