Haiti Coffee Academy
After a devastating earthquake in 2010, Todd and JP yearned to provide stability for our neighbors in Haiti. Through years of hard work and tenacity, they created the Haiti Coffee Academy to equip Haitian farmers with the resources to grow and process some of the best coffee in the world in pursuit of economic freedom. Among many things, the farm (rebuilt by Todd, JP, and our team) offers training programs, includes an adjoining nursery for coffee crops brought by JP from Brazil to Haiti, and has a freshwater system that dispenses clean water to the surrounding community. After over 10 years, La Colombe is proud to celebrate this unique partnership and the bright future it holds.
Todd and JP believe that every child should have equal access to education. That’s why we support ECHOES (Educating Children and Communities for Health, Opportunities, Enlightenment and Survival), a non-profit organization based outside of Philadelphia, PA. To help, La Colombe paid the salaries of the matrons at Trinity Children’s Centre in Uganda, a primary school where approximately 400 of the enrolled 1200 students board, many of whom are orphaned children and Sudanese refugees.
As early pioneers of Direct Trade, Todd and JP are committed to bettering the lives of our partners at origin through positive relationships and sustainable practices. We immerse ourselves in local growing dynamics so that we can identify specific projects that can improve the quality of lives in the region while establishing a new standard for coffee quality. We continue to broaden our impact and are committed to establishing a new standard of trade that spans across bean quality, social issues, and environmental concerns.
Purchasing in Most Needy Regions
Coming from a childhood of poverty, Todd knows the importance of supporting regions in need. That’s why it’s important for us to purchase coffee in a way that benefits the most needy communities across the world. For instance, our investment in our Kayaza Natural workshop roast benefited farmers of Burundi, with over $10K through Sucafina with the Kahawatu Foundation going towards livestock, solar panels and increased access to healthcare for farmers in the region. It’s our hope this project and others like it will help uphold and empower farming communities rooted in rich culture and tradition.
Paying Above Fairtrade Price
Fair treatment and compensation for coffee producers is at the heart of Todd and JPs vision for trading coffee. That’s why we firmly believe in working with a group of like-minded importers who connect us directly with producers to ensure that producers are paid a premium, high above fair trade price, for the exceptional quality of their products.
Prioritization of Certified Coffees
To ensure that our coffee perpetuates fair environmental and safe-labor practices, Todd and JP have been a strong proponent of prioritizing the purchase of certified organic coffees. The certified organic coffee purchase by La Colombe has increased year over year which, at the current rate, will be about 150K lbs for 2020. Certified coffee gives our team independent assurances that our coffee sources instill friendly farming practices, that fair prices are paid to coffee farmers, and that the coffee we purchase is environmentally sound.