Home on holiday break from the World Cup circuit, Olympic biathlete Tim Burke has launched a limited-edition coffee with the Adirondack Bean-To. Proceeds from each bag of BurkeBeaner Hammer Roast sold this ski season will be donated to the campaign to build a new lodge at Dewey Mountain, where Burke learned to cross-country-ski race as a kid.
Burke went on to compete in two Olympics and to become the first American to lead the biathlon World Cup, in 2009.
“I support Dewey because of all the great opportunities it provided me,” Burke said. “This was the place I could come not only to ski but to be with friends, meet new people and live a healthy, active lifestyle. That was important to my childhood, and I’d like other kids to have that opportunity as well.”
Burke and Nordic-combined Olympian Bill Demong are honorary trustees of Dewey Mountain Friends. They are helping raise funds to improve Dewey’s facilities in partnership with the Saranac Lake Rotary Foundation and the Town of Harrietstown.
BurkeBeaner coffee is organic and Fair-Trade. To pick up a bag ($16.50 each), visit the Bean-To at 12 Shepard Avenue. Bean-To’s regular Hammer blend is a favorite of Burke as well as Demong, who last winter also teamed up with Bean-To owners Debbie and Dan Stoorza to offer a special-edition for Dewey.
Dewey Mountain Recreation Center is on State Route 3, one mile west of downtown Saranac Lake. Trails (16 km cross-country ski and 5 km snowshoe) will open as soon as conditions allow. Lower trails are groomed for skate skiing and lighted for night skiing. For more information see deweyskicenter.com or call (518) 891-2697.
To learn more about Dewey Mountain’s lodge campaign or to make a donation, visit deweyskicenter.com. Checks to Saranac Lake Rotary Foundation may also be mailed to PO Box 645, Saranac Lake, NY 12983.
Photo: Photograph by Nancie Battaglia; design by jwsmithdesigns.