Haiti is not just a place we buy beans from, it’s another home to us. It’s where we went from sourcing to growing, working with Haitian farmers to set up a model coffee farm, complete with a nursery, processing equipment, a tool-lending program, and a community water supply system. It’s a place we’ve put down roots – literally.
The Haiti Coffee Academy employs 14 people full-time, including a staff agronomist who manages the model farm. Farmers are able to come to the Academy for instruction on how to care for their coffee plants, the best varieties to use, and how to increase their quality and yields. Rain water is collected on the farm and funneled down the hill to a public dispenser, available to all in the surrounding community (which is suffering from drought). The Academy is a vibrant place, full of beautiful coffee plants growing under fruit trees, and beautiful people dedicated to to reinvigorating the once-great Haitian coffee industry.
To underscore our commitment, we’re launching a new single-origin blend called For Haiti. It’s a seasonally sourced mix of coffees from Haiti and Central America, blended and roasted to achieve the round, balanced flavors typical of Haitian coffee. Familiar notes of chocolate and vanilla intermingle with just a hint of spice, creating a sweet, root beer-like brew with plenty of body. It’s a coffee we’ll never get tired of drinking, and it’s quickly becoming our morning go-to. Give the new blend a try, and read more about our work in Haiti here. Good stuff – or as they say in Haiti – bon bagay!