Steve Jefferson/Eyewitness News
Indianapolis - A local family is finding and grinding a way around budget restraints - with coffee.
Carla Preyer started selling Organic Coffee last November to supplement her income. Since then, she's recruited more than a half-dozen family members. She says the organic java has a special ingredient.
"It's called 'gettaderma,' it is derived from Malaysia, it's been in the Philipines and they consider it the king of herbs," Preyer said.
She rented booth space at the convention center this month during the Black Expo. People like Amelia Jackson got the chance to taste test before buying.
"A lot of our stuff is processed and over-processed, so it is good to have the whole organic feel to it," Jackson said.
Preyer recruited her brother, Toney Baker, who's made a pretty penny so far, too.
"Just to make extra income, I didn't realize how much money I was going to gain from this," Baker said.
"I had to reach out to my Indianapolis family and bless them also, because we all have struggles," Preyer said.
"We have been in recession for over a year-and-a-half now and so many families want to come up with ways to boost their income and serve the public," said Butler University Economics Professor Bill Reiber.
Not only is the organic coffee blend a financial help, but even some of the customers say it tastes as good as some of the name brands.
"There is a difference. It's not like coffee you would get at a McDonald's or Starbucks," said Michael Scheile.
You can sample the organic brands of coffee, tea and hot chocolate this weekend during a free taste testing at the Greater New Hope Church on West 71st Street.