Monte finally converted me to the love of coffee sometime in 2008. On our quest to learn how God wants us to be involved in orphan care beyond adoption, we came across some delicious coffee that supports orphans. Gobena Coffee is the name - and they have a great story. A family began this work in response to what they encountered after adopting their daughter from Ethiopia...go HERE to learn more. Around Christmas 08 we placed an order for 5 different bags of whole bean coffee (free shipping when you order 5 or more plus we just really wanted to try each of them). We gave one bag as a Christmas gift. The first bag we tried was Ethiopian...and it was different than any we've had before...very much a change of pace - a distinct fruity flavor(you non-coffee drinkers may not get that...give it a try anyway). We are now into a bag of Guatemalan, and WOW it's really good as well...a smooth medium roast. 3 BIG positives about their coffee: Organic - Fair Trade - Shade Grown. And on top of all of that 100% of the profits are being reinvested in the lives of orphans!!! Does it get any better than that?
We've also tried Saint's Coffee and really like it as well - 1/3 of their profits go back into the lives of orphans. Their beans are roasted-to-order and shipped exactly when their ordered. We tried a bag of Decaf and their Christmas Sampler box. The sampler box was grounded, but they were all still very good...St George the Dragonslayer Blend was our fave. The Decaf was whole bean, and it was stamped as roasted within just a few days of our receiving it.
So...if you are a coffee drinker, there are some great options out there that provide an opportunity to enjoy some awesome coffee and support orphans around the world, as well as give a fair share of the revenue to the farmers growing the coffee beans - which in turn helps eliminate poverty. If you're not a coffee drinker, maybe you should give it try like I finally did...of course with an adequate amount of creamer and LOTS of sugar or vanilla syrup!!!