History of HOPE Coffee
HOPE Coffee is a coffee company with a heart for missions. With roots as a ministry to coffee farmers and the families who live in their communities, HOPE Coffee has always been devoted to meeting needs while sharing the hope of Jesus. To this day, our focus is still to share the love of Jesus and improve the lives of people throughout Central America.
To date, your choice to drink HOPE Coffee has resulted in 515 families hearing the gospel through 315 clean water and 200 safe shelter projects led by local churches in their countries!
This is the story of how God has used HOPE Coffee to change lives through great coffee.
2002 – Empowering Coffee Farmers
In 2002, Ebenezer Church in Siguatepeque, Honduras decided to minister to the coffee farmers in their area. They not only wanted to share the gospel with them, but also wanted to help them receive higher prices for their high-quality coffee. Forming a co-op of coffee farmers they called Cultivadores del Reino (Kingdom Growers), they began the Direct Trade Relationship we still have with coffee farmers to this day.
2009 – Connecting Churches to Missions in Honduras
In 2009, a missionary in this same region of Honduras noticed how Christians who visited Honduras on short term mission trips wanted a “piece” of Honduras to take back with them. Because one of the most sought after souvenirs is Honduran coffee, this missionary began to connect visiting Christians to these same farmers. He called this flavorful souvenir product, “HOPE Coffee.” This was the very beginning of HOPE Coffee’s ministry of connecting churches in the United States with missions work in Central America. The funds from the sale of coffee not only helped the coffee farmers, but also began to fund servant-evangelism projects throughout the region. These projects were all initiated and led by Honduran churches, which is still the case today. From the very beginning, HOPE Coffee has striven to encourage and empower the local church.
In that same year, God allowed the profits from the sale of HOPE Coffee to meet the needs of water and shelter for over 30 families. Through these projects the Honduran churches were able to share the gospel story with dozens of families. 20 people trusted in Christ that first year alone!
2010 – HOPE Coffee Launched in the United States
The unique nature of this new ministry attracted a team of missionaries who were working in the United States. Seeking wisdom and direction from God, these stateside missionaries were able to expand the business in the United States in order to further reach Honduras with the gospel. In 2010, the same great HOPE Coffee once found only in Honduras could now be purchased in the United States. Our signature line still includes these original Honduran Medium and Honduran Bold Roasts!
Because of the new partnerships with churches and organizations in the United States who were beginning to purchase HOPE Coffee, the Honduran church was able to reach even more families with the gospel. That year HOPE Coffee funded 22 life-changing home construction projects and the gospel was shared with over one hundred people!
2014 – HOPE Coffee Licensed Shop Opens at Dallas Theological Seminary
The first ever HOPE Coffee Shop opened on the campus of Dallas Theological Seminary in 2014. To this day, this shop serves not only the students, staff and families of DTS, but the surrounding community as well!
2016 – HOPE Coffee in Mexico
In 2016, HOPE Coffee began purchasing beans directly from farmers in the Oaxaca region of Mexico for our Mexican Light Roast. Led by Abelardo Aguilar, our National Ministry Leader, HOPE Coffee also began funding service projects just in time to help build homes following a deadly earthquake. Since that year, HOPE Coffee has built many safe homes and distributed hundreds of water filters, all while sharing the love of Jesus!
2016 – Partnership with Compassion Tea
When Compassion Tea and HOPE Coffee met in 2016, both organizations quickly discovered their mutual desire to provide a quality products whose profits are used to share the gospel. HOPE Coffee had found its line of tea! The outstanding aromas and tastes of each flavor of hot tea and iced tea are unparalleled. Compassion Tea’s passion for delicious tea is exceeded only by their hearts for the people of rural Africa. Every tea that is sold funds medical and spiritual care for those least served through the CompassioNow Foundation. Because of this partnership, HOPE Coffee is able to provide customers with outstanding tea, while extending the reach of the gospel throughout Africa!
2018 – HOPE Coffee Licensed Operation Opens in Mexico
HOPE Coffee launched its first internationally licensed operation in Puebla, Mexico in 2018. By roasting, serving and shipping HOPE Coffee, HOPE Coffee Mexico now ensures that churches and individuals throughout Mexico can enjoy HOPE Coffee!
2019 – HOPE Coffee in Guatemala
In 2019, HOPE Coffee began a partnership with the Leiva family in the northeast mountain region of Guatemala. Their high quality beans were added to our line in our Guatemalan Light and Guatemalan Medium roasts. Along with the partnership with farmers Armando and Norma Leiva, HOPE Coffee also announced a partnership with Lan Vwa, a school for the children of coffee growers in Joconal, Guatemala. The school is breaking through the barriers of poverty by providing education and opportunities for children in this region.
HOPE Coffee has grown to include hundreds of HOPE Partners throughout the United States, and the gospel is spreading throughout Honduras, Mexico, Guatemala and even rural Africa. We hope that you will join us in our next chapter!