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Hope After Tragedy

Hope After Tragedy

Hope After Tragedy

San José Tejulca, Puebla, Mexico—With only a very small water basin, the Ortiz family struggled to afford enough water for their daily needs. Because families in this village must pay for a truck to deliver clean water, having a large cistern means fewer deliveries and less expense. Just three months ago they began building a large cistern that would be able to store enough water for a week’s use.  However, during a tragic accident in the construction of the cistern, Silvia’s husband Christian lost his life. She was now left to raise her two small daughters alone, continuing to struggle to have enough clean water as the cistern was left unfinished.

After her husband’s death, Silvia met a group of Christians who invited her to their weekly Bible study. She began attending, sharing about her recent loss and the needs she was facing. The Bible study group, a part of Oasis de Agua Viva Ministries, decided to finish what Silvia’s husband had started—they partnered with HOPE Coffee to build the Ortiz family a cistern that would store a week’s worth of water.

As the project was underway, the members and leaders of the Bible study shared about the love of Jesus with Silvia, her daughters and Silvia’s father. During the construction, the Ortiz’s neighbors also heard about Jesus and even received Bibles of their own!

Though the Ortiz family has faced devastation, they have been able to see a glimpse of the hope and restoration that Jesus gives. The new water cistern has met a critical need as they no longer worry about having enough water to get through the day. The family has seen the love of Jesus in action, causing Silvia and her father to have a growing interest in the gospel. They continue to attend the Bible study to learn more about Jesus!

Because you have chosen HOPE Coffee, you are part of God’s provision of water to a recent widow and her children. Pray that through this gift she might see the love of Jesus and receive the greatest gift—eternity with Him.


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Direct Trade Coffee


Direct Trade Coffee 


HOPE Coffee is a Direct Trade Christian coffee company that is also a missions organization.  We purchase our coffee beans through a Direct Trade relationship with farmers in Honduras and Mexico.  While consistently paying above the Fair Trade rate for their coffee, we build strong, ongoing relationships that extend well beyond coffee.

Christian Direct Trade Coffee that Supports MissionsAll of the profits from HOPE Coffee are invested back into the countries where the coffee was grown. Service projects led by local Honduran and Mexican churches meet physical needs for families like clean water and a safe place to live. The churches are able to minister to the family in their time of need and for years after. The families know that it is all because Jesus loves them.  Because of this model, we regularly get to hear about people who choose to follow Christ!

Hundreds of Individuals, Churches, Offices, Coffee Shops and Wholesale partners across the United States are an integral part of our mission, simply by choosing to drink HOPE Coffee.  As a HOPE Partner, you will receive regular updates on the impact your coffee is having around the world.  HOPE Coffee will ignite a passion for missions in your home, business, church or organization.  Your daily cup of coffee can change lives!

 

Choose a Direct Trade Coffee that Supports Missions

No matter where you drink coffee, HOPE Coffee can help you Serve Better!

Your latest impact…

These recent stories are a direct result of your choice to drink HOPE Coffee!

Create an Excitement for Missions

Complimentary Display Kit

As a HOPE Partner, you can receive this complimentary Welcome Display Kit for your coffee station. Your organization will know that by drinking HOPE Coffee, they are a part of changing lives around the world!

The HOPE Coffee Story Video

This video shares the Christian mission behind HOPE Coffee, and is a great way to ignite a passion for missions in your coffee shop, office, church or organization. Hear from one of our Direct Trade coffee farmers and even a family who received a new home!

Creating Your Coffee Bar

Turn your coffee bar into the missions hub of your coffee shop, office, church or organization! Click the image above to see examples of how other HOPE Partners have created an excitement for missions through their coffee stations!

Christian Coffee


Christian Coffee Company


HOPE Coffee is a Christian coffee company that is also a missions organization.  We purchase our coffee beans through a Direct Trade relationship with farmers in Honduras and Mexico.  While consistently paying above the Fair Trade rate for their coffee, we build strong, ongoing relationships that extend well beyond coffee.

Christian Direct Trade Coffee that Supports MissionsAll of the profits from HOPE Coffee are invested back into the countries where the coffee was grown. Service projects led by local Honduran and Mexican Christian churches meet physical needs for families like clean water and a safe place to live. The churches are able to minister to the family in their time of need and for years after. The families know that it is all because Jesus loves them.  Because of this model, we regularly get to hear about people who choose to follow Christ!

Hundreds of Individuals, Churches, Offices, Coffee Shops and Wholesale partners across the United States are an integral part of our christian mission, simply by choosing to drink HOPE Coffee.  As a HOPE Partner, you will receive regular updates on the impact your coffee is having around the world.  HOPE Coffee will ignite a passion for missions in your home, business, church or organization.  Your daily cup of coffee can change lives!

 

Choose a Christian Coffee that Supports Missions

No matter where you drink coffee, HOPE Coffee can help you Serve Better!

Your latest impact…

These recent stories are a direct result of your choice to drink HOPE Coffee!

Create an Excitement for Missions

Complimentary Display Kit

As a HOPE Partner, you can receive this complimentary Welcome Display Kit for your coffee station. Your organization will know that by drinking HOPE Coffee, they are a part of changing lives around the world!

The HOPE Coffee Story Video

This video shares the Christian mission behind HOPE Coffee, and is a great way to ignite a passion for missions in your coffee shop, office, church or organization. Hear from one of our Direct Trade coffee farmers and even a family who received a new home!

Creating Your Coffee Bar

Turn your coffee bar into the missions hub of your coffee shop, office, church or organization! Click the image above to see examples of how other HOPE Partners have created an excitement for missions through their coffee stations!

Missions Coffee


Coffee that Supports Missions


HOPE Coffee is a Christian coffee company that is also a missions organization.  We purchase our coffee beans through a Direct Trade relationship with farmers in Honduras and Mexico.  While consistently paying above the Fair Trade rate for their coffee, we build strong, ongoing relationships that extend well beyond coffee.

Christian Direct Trade Coffee that Supports MissionsAll of the profits from HOPE Coffee are invested back into the countries where the coffee was grown. Service projects led by local Honduran and Mexican churches meet physical needs for families like clean water and a safe place to live. The churches are able to minister to the family in their time of need and for years after. The families know that it is all because Jesus loves them.  Because of this model, we regularly get to hear about people who choose to follow Christ!

Hundreds of Individuals, Churches, Offices, Coffee Shops and Wholesale partners across the United States are an integral part of our mission, simply by choosing to drink HOPE Coffee.  As a HOPE Partner, you will receive regular updates on the impact your coffee is having around the world.  HOPE Coffee will ignite a passion for missions in your home, business, church or organization.  Your daily cup of coffee can change lives!

 

Choose a Coffee that Supports Missions

No matter where you drink coffee, HOPE Coffee can help you Serve Better!

Your latest impact…

These recent stories are a direct result of your choice to drink HOPE Coffee!

Create an Excitement for Missions

Complimentary Display Kit

As a HOPE Partner, you can receive this complimentary Welcome Display Kit for your coffee station. Your organization will know that by drinking HOPE Coffee, they are a part of changing lives around the world!

The HOPE Coffee Story Video

This video shares the Christian mission behind HOPE Coffee, and is a great way to ignite a passion for missions in your coffee shop, office, church or organization. Hear from one of our Direct Trade coffee farmers and even a family who received a new home!

Creating Your Coffee Bar

Turn your coffee bar into the missions hub of your coffee shop, office, church or organization! Click the image above to see examples of how other HOPE Partners have created an excitement for missions through their coffee stations!

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Thank you for requesting samples and information for your organization.  You will receive an email from us shortly.  In the meantime, check out what makes
HOPE Coffee

Not Just Another Coffee Company

When you choose to drink HOPE Coffee, the profit from your purchase goes back to the countries that produced the coffee. HOPE Coffee works with local churches in Honduras and Mexico to support clean water, building and repair projects. The goal? Demonstrate in a very real way the love of Jesus to those in need.  

That’s what it means to
Serve Better.

Your latest impact…

These stories are a direct result of your choice to drink HOPE Coffee!

Serve HOPE In Your Organization

No matter where you serve coffee, HOPE Coffee can help you Serve Better.

A New Home and a New Faith

A New Home and a New Faith

A New Home and a New Faith

Juchitan, Oaxaca, Mexico—Maria had been following Jesus for just a few weeks when an earthquake destroyed her home and immediately put her faith to the test. The devastating earthquake left Maria and her two sons, Roberto and Jose, with nothing. Though she had a new life in Christ and a community of believers to call her own, she faced the tremendous need of a safe home for her family.

Her church, Cristo mi Unico Esperanza (Christ My One Hope), heard of her great loss and wanted to encourage her young faith. Pastor Albino partnered with HOPE Coffee to provide Maria’s family with a safe, stable home of their own. Along with the pastor and members of her church, many of Maria’s relatives came to help with the project.

As Maria witnessed the construction of her new home her faith was renewed. She began to know and trust God as her provider. Not only did this project strengthen her faith, but the love of Jesus that the church displayed also impacted Maria’s sister, Guadalupe. Soon after the house was complete, Guadalupe began to attend church with her sister where Pastor Albino shared the gospel with her. Guadalupe decided that she, too, wanted to follow Christ!

“I’m thankful to God that you have blessed me with this support. It’s been a huge blessing to me because I didn’t have a house, and now I have a home.”
-Maria Hernandez


Thank you for choosing HOPE Coffee and being a part of what God is doing in the lives of countless families in Mexico!

When you choose HOPE Coffee you are a part of funding projects just like this one. Your purchase gives churches opportunities to further the gospel in their neighborhoods. Thank you to Iglesia de Bautista Cristo mi Unica Esperanza and pastors Adan and Albino for their key roles in executing this project and sharing the gospel with our new sister—Guadalupe.


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Mission Cold Brew

Mission Cold Brew

Mission Cold Brew

Fall River, Massachusetts—A passion for great-tasting cold brew coffee and the desire to change people’s lives in the name of Jesus led Mike and Sarah Pudlo to ask the question, “What if we actually created a place where a cup of coffee or tea really could change someone’s life?”

Mike and Sarah have served HOPE Coffee at Journey Church for years. They even used HOPE Coffee to create a delicious cold brew recipe for their church’s coffee bar. The response from their congregation was incredible—they could not get enough!

The Pudlo’s decided to use what God gave them to change people’s lives: a heart for the world and the ability to make amazing cold brew creations. Mission Cold Brew started with, as they describe it, a “crazy dream” and has grown into an exciting new coffee shop specializing in quality cold brew coffees and teas. At Mission Cold Brew, 10% of every purchase and 100% of net profit is donated to four main causes: human trafficking, clean water projects, hunger and poverty, and orphan and foster care.

“HOPE Coffee was an obvious choice for us! Not only have we been using their high quality beans personally and at our church for years, but their mission falls exactly in line with the kinds of companies we want to partner with. Knowing that every coffee purchase at our shop doesn’t just support our causes but also the HOPE Coffee cause, where communities are being changed–that is huge! Partnering with HOPE Coffee adds another layer of life transformation!”

-Sarah Pudlo, Owner of Mission Cold Brew



Is your organization using HOPE Coffee to change lives in a unique way? We’d love to hear about it! You could be featured in our next HOPE Partner Spotlight!


Fair Trade and Direct Trade Coffee

Fair Trade and Direct Trade Coffee

What is the Difference Between Fair Trade and Direct Trade Coffee and Why Does it Matter?

It is no secret that the coffee industry has not been kind to coffee growers. In fact, in Central America many coffee growers do not earn a livable wage. Coffee pickers there often earn less than half of the national minimum wage for their country. Coffee is a $5.18 billion industry in the United States alone, so why do most coffee farmers live in poverty?

Over the past several years, “Fair Trade Coffee” has become an increasingly popular trend. After all, as a consumer it is a great feeling to know that the farmers that grew your coffee are receiving fair compensation for their hard work. Buying fair trade coffee seems to be an easy way to ensure that you are using your spending power to empower and not to exploit. However, now that the concept of “Direct Trade Coffee” is increasing in popularity, new questions have emerged:

  • Why is the business of coffee so unfair to the coffee grower?
  • What does Fair Trade Coffee really mean?
  • How is Direct Trade Coffee different?
  • What makes HOPE Coffee different?

Why is the business of coffee so unfair to the coffee grower?

Direct Trade Coffee Farm

Direct Trade Coffee Farm in Siguatepeque, Honduras.

Even while living in a land rich with resources, most coffee farmers and pickers live in poverty. Every year at harvest time the coffee farmer will hire pickers to come gather the coffee cherries from the trees. The farmer must pay the pickers before he discovers what he will earn from the year’s crop, and long before he actually receives the payment for his beans. Unfortunately, most farmers do not have the ability to pay these wages from their own savings. Often, this means taking loans from local banks with extremely unfavorable interest rates.

After the picking is complete, the beans are ready to be transported to the processing facility. At this point, farmers have at least three choices when selling their coffee beans:

  1. They can sell them to groups commonly referred to as “coyotes.” These are local middlemen who pay the farmer a fraction of the local value of the beans, pick up the beans at the farm, transport them to the processing facility, and sell the beans on the local market.

    This option provides the farmer with immediate money for his coffee, but the farmer will receive much less than the full international market price he would receive if he were to transport the beans himself.

    Rodimiro (left) and Nelson (right): Two of the Direct Trade Coffee farmers who grow the Honduran line of HOPE Coffee.

  2. Sometimes the farmer is able to get a partial or full payment of the international market price upfront. However, they are still responsible for the costs to process the coffee, and at times additional fees to the co-op, as well.
  3. They can deliver their beans in person to a local processing facility and wait for an international buyer. Most coffee buyers in the United States contact coffee processing facilities when they have need for coffee. They describe the type, quality and quantity of coffee they would like. Eventually, the facility will match the buyer to a farmer’s particular quality of coffee.

While the farmer will receive the international market price (which is typically lower than the established “Fair Trade” price) they must wait to receive payment for the coffee beans until the buyer actually pays for the coffee. This can take weeks or even months. Because the farmer is responsible for the cost of the coffee processing long before they will receive payment, this may mean additional loans. In some cases, the cost of processing could be deducted from the farmers future payment once the coffee is sold.

Direct Trade Coffee

Direct Trade Coffee beans processed, bagged and ready to be exported from Honduras to the U.S.

Once the beans arrive at the processing facility, they are weighed, depulped, dried, sorted, cupped (tasted), rated according to quality, processed and packaged for export.

This entire process is often a gamble. There are many factors including weather, disease, bean quality, processing costs, current market rates for coffee, interest rates and time spent waiting that can easily wipe out any and all potential profit, no matter which of the above options the farmer chooses.

What is Fair Trade Coffee?

The concept of Fair Trade Coffee is perhaps the most widely-recognized response to this harsh reality. Fair Trade USA, who is overseen by FLO (Fairtrade Labelling Organizations International), dictates Fair Trade Coffee standards in the United States. The goal is to enable coffee growers to earn a guaranteed price per pound from their buyers. Further, the buyer pays an additional $.10 per pound to fund community and business development projects. These projects are intended to improve education, sanitation and even healthcare in these impoverished nations.

Fair Trade Coffee

The concept itself is undoubtedly admirable. Not only will the coffee farmers receive a fair price per bean, but their local communities will also see improvements. However, there are numerous obstacles the grower must navigate in order to be eligible for a fair trade program. For example, FLO limits participation in the program to only very small farms. Furthermore, those farms cannot operate independently as FLO requires farms to be part of an established co-op with other small coffee farms. The result is a host of coffee farmers who will never be considered for a fair trade coffee program, regardless of their other qualifications. This includes independently operated farms, and those who have inherited a larger farm. The requirement could actually even discourage a farmer from successfully expanding his farm!

FLO also requires a substantial fee upon acceptance into the program—a fee most coffee farmers cannot afford. On top of this, in order to keep these fair trade coffee prices high, FLO limits the number of participating farms. This means that even if a coffee grower meets all of the conditions and can pay the entry fee, they are still unlikely to be able to sell their beans as part of a fair trade program.

Coffee Picker Home
Home of a coffee picker in Agua Salada, Honduras

Even acceptance into the fair trade program may not guarantee that the farmer will receive the full guaranteed price per pound. Because the guaranteed rate is paid to the co-op, the rate may or may not be passed along to the actual coffee grower. In many cases there are no price guarantees whatsoever to the individual grower, nor wage guarantees to workers. Many times the workers will still receive less than local minimum wage standards, even while employed by a fair trade farm. In most fair trade cases, the coffee buyer has no knowledge of the farmers or pickers who grew their coffee, and no ongoing relationship with them.

While Fair Trade USA and FLO have been very successful in turning the world’s attention to the plight of coffee growers, the program has been largely unsuccessful in significantly reducing poverty among coffee growers. To learn more consider reading The Taste of Many Mountains by Bruce Wydick.

What is Direct Trade Coffee?

While the concept of “Fair Trade Coffee” has evolved into an organizational system of regulations, the newer concept of “Direct Trade Coffee” simply describes the relationship between the farmer and the buyer. The third party regulatory committee is removed completely. In a direct trade relationship, the coffee buyer literally has a direct relationship with the coffee farmer. Instead of purchasing coffee beans through the fair trade regulators or a coffee processing facility, coffee companies purchase beans directly from the farmers.

Direct Trade Coffee Beans
Coffee beans ripening into cherries.

The first obvious benefit of the direct trade model is the tremendous cost savings of the fees associated with the third party. By purchasing directly from the farmer, the cut for a coyote, the reselling fees of the processing facility, and the cost associated with fair trade certification can all be added back into the potential profit for the coffee grower. As a result, the farmer can actually make a higher profit without the help of these third party regulators.

The direct trade coffee model also empowers the farmer, who for so long has been powerless in the coffee industry. Suddenly, they are able to communicate directly with the buyer of their coffee, and proudly represent their own product. No longer at the mercy of the coyote, or waiting in anticipation for someone to select their particular grade of coffee from the processing facility, they now have the security of knowing that they will earn a profit from their year of hard work. They will be able to pay their workers. Further, they will not be burdened with crushing loans from their local bank.

Because there is no formal “Direct Trade Coffee” certification process, it can be difficult to determine whether a coffee company is actually participating in a direct trade relationship with its farmers. When choosing a direct trade coffee look for companies that know the names of their farmers and exactly where their coffee comes from. Look for a coffee company that is proud to share photos and information about their farms and farmers with their customers.

What Makes HOPE Coffee Different?

Children of Coffee Pickers
Two boys play at their home near coffee fields in Agua Salada, Honduras, where their fathers work as pickers. In 2018, these boys and their families received bathrooms and clean water filters as a result of HOPE Coffee hearing about the need through farmers and pastors in the area.

HOPE Coffee first began as a ministry of purchasing coffee directly from local coffee farmers and then selling their beans to fund service projects for families in need in their communities. All these years later, we still take our responsibility to the farmer very seriously, and our end goal is still to serve people in need in their countries.

We know these farmers personally and have ongoing relationships with them. By purchasing coffee directly from them at a consistent, above Fair Trade prices, our farmers have the security they need to expand their farms and hire the picking help they need. Additionally, HOPE Coffee pays for a portion of the beans up front. This allows the farmer to have the option to pay his pickers without securing a high-interest loan from a local bank. HOPE Coffee also pays for the in-country processing of the beans, once again relieving the farmer of this added cost. These additional steps are almost unheard of in the coffee industry.

This direct relationship allows HOPE Coffee to be able to share with our customers the source of their morning cup of coffee. They see the faces and read the names of the people who are the first to profit from their purchase. It is through this direct relationship that HOPE Coffee is able to minister to our farmers and their pickers as needs arise. One of our favorite parts of this relationship is when one of the farmers or pickers chooses to trust in Jesus!

Read more about one way HOPE Coffee is A Coffee That Serves Its Farmers.

HOPE Coffee’s farmers understand the impact that their beans can have in their own communities, because they see it in person. We invest the profits from the sale of their coffee into homes for widows and children in their community, new roofs for families, water storage systems and even clean water filters. All of these projects are facilitated by local churches in these communities, who are able to continue ministering to those in need. Our farmers are proud to be a part of what God is doing through HOPE Coffee!

Meet Rodimiro: One of the Direct Trade Coffee Farmers that Grows HOPE Coffee

 

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A Coffee That Serves Its Farmers

A Coffee That Serves Its Farmers

A Coffee That Serves Its Farmers

Siguatepeque, Honduras—When coffee berries are ripe, coffee pickers like Victor Portillo work diligently—often on steep hillsides in rainy and cool climates. Coffee picking requires long days and can be physically exhausting. If a coffee picker like Victor were to get sick, he would be unable to work and therefore unable to provide for his family.  

When Rodimiro, one of the coffee farmers who grows our Honduran line of HOPE Coffee, asked if we could provide protective gear for Victor and 39 of his pickers, we jumped at the chance to be able to serve and share the gospel with the hard-working people who are a crucial part of HOPE Coffee.

Recently, an individual from a HOPE Partner church made a direct donation to help fund a project through the HOPE Coffee Service Project Fund. Together with their generous donation, we were able to provide Victor and each coffee picker with a protective poncho and a sturdy pair of rubber boots to use during picking season. After the ponchos and boots were distributed, Rodimiro shared the gospel message with all 40 pickers. In addition to the protective gear, the coffee pickers each received a valuable gift—a Bible of their very own. The Bibles and gospel message were well received. Victor was especially grateful and responded by saying,“I’ve waited a long time for a Bible.”

Because you chose HOPE Coffee, the people who pick your coffee beans now have Bibles of their very own. Please pray with us that God would cause the seed planted in their hearts to grow.  Also, help us celebrate the Honduran farmers and pickers who grow HOPE Coffee with 10% off all Honduran Roast Coffee this month!


When we say we know where our coffee comes from, we really mean it. We care about each person involved in getting HOPE Coffee into your home, and our first responsibility will always be to the farmers and pickers like Rodimiro and Victor who grow and harvest your coffee.

Want to know more about our relationship with the farmers who grow your coffee?  Read more about our Direct Trade relationship!

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Changing Lives in Tennessee – Jehovah Java

Changing Lives in Tennessee – Jehovah Java

Manchester, Tennessee— Years ago, Danny Lyons and Caleb McCall found Jesus in one of the least likely places—an addiction recovery program. Danny and Caleb went on to start Be the Bush Ministries, a Christ-centered recovery center for people dealing with life-controlling addictions. Looking for a way to raise funds for the ministry, they decided to open a coffee shop and Jehovah Java was born!

“It’s obvious the Lord has His hand all over it, hence the name “Jehovah Java,” referring to Genesis 22:14 where God is called by the name Jehovah-Jireh, which means God the Provider.  We believe through Jehovah Java God will provide the funds needed to help run our recovery center.” – Danny Lyons

Unlike most secular drug rehabilitation centers, Be the Bush Ministries receives no government aid, which makes Jehovah Java vital to the existence of the ministry.  While participating in the recovery program, men work in the coffee shop to gain experience in a healthy environment which helps to instill Christian morals and valuable work ethics.

“When I was looking for a good solid coffee distributor, I searched for a Christian coffee company thinking that such a thing probably didn’t exist.  When I came across HOPE Coffee I was sold. Not only is our partnership helping to restore the lives of addicts, but we are also supporting world missions.  One of the best decisions we ever made! We are currently trying to innovate new ideas to bring business and ministry together to glorify God!” – Danny Lyons

 Jehovah Java is one of the newest additions to HOPE Coffee’s Coffee Shops and Cafes Program.  Some of their favorites include our Espresso, Mexican Light Roast, Honduran Bold Roast, and of course the entire line of Compassion Tea!


 Is your organization using HOPE Coffee to change lives in a unique way? We’d love to hear about it! You could be featured in our next HOPE Partner Spotlight!


 

 

  • Changing Lives in Tennessee – Jehovah Java
  • Changing Lives in Tennessee – Jehovah Java
  • Changing Lives in Tennessee – Jehovah Java
  • Changing Lives in Tennessee – Jehovah Java
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