I know when you opened this drop down menu you did not expect to get our life story but that is just it….. everyone has a coffee story that loves it like we do and it is more personal than where the best beans grow and how the roast is cupped and the tones and notes that are left on your tongue. All that is important and we will get to that.
I started drinking coffee when I was 6 years old. I will admit that it probably was more sugar and milk than coffee at the time but I fell in love with the taste and have been drinking coffee as my beverage of choice ever since. I also know that I am not the only one that associates coffee with soothing warmth and comfort.
Since the time coffee was first discovered as a pleasurable drink, people have incorporated “a cup of coffee” into making the all important business deal (the origin of the coffee house was the place for activities of commerce), an imperative to start the morning, a less anxiety provoking way to have a first date (especially in the age of internet dating), as hang time for friends and to top off a great meal.
I was blessed to have the great fortune to work for a non-profit organization that opens medical clinics all across the globe so I had a chance to go to the most remote areas of Rwanda, Kenya, Zambia, Honduras and India to name a few countries. And to my joy and amazement, I found some of the most wonderful Arabica beans on the face of the earth. I also met extraordinary people, in the most remote areas on earth, growing these coffee beans that were grateful beyond measure for the ability to earn a living growing coffee beans as a means to raise their families and put their children through school.
The true example of “sustainability” is to buy Arabica coffee beans from these developing countries so that they can continue to thrive, enrich their farms and cultivate more robust crops. I have been to some of these farms, have seen the beans grow, have watched the patient pickers reach only for the best beans and have talked to the proud proprietors that explain why their bean is better than anyone else’s in the whole region!
As we bring these beans to your home, freshly roasted and full of unique flavors and textures, we are passionate that the coffee has come from those areas of the world that grow extraordinary Arabica beans and are grown by those who rely on their crops to make it to your door for their sustainability and future.
What do cows and goats and bicycles have to do with coffee?
If you are fortunate enough to own a cow in the developing world you can have milk and sell it, move earth and grow crops and sell them or you can move earth for others in the village for barter or cash. You can haul items as a means to earn a living and if you have a bull and a cow you are truly blessed because you can sell cows.
Goats can produce milk and cheese for sale, can be hired out to clear land for cultivation, and is a meat of choice in many countries. A person with several goats can supply goats to others in the villages and all can prosper.
When you drive the roads in Africa, India, Cambodia and Thailand (just to name a few countries) you see people walking everywhere. And people will walk for hours on a dusty or mud soaked road to get to a clinic or just to gather food and water for their families. Owning a bicycle is not just a mode of transportation, though worth its weight in gold to those who are on foot, it is a way to transport other people and products to market as a way to earn a living.
ArabicaDabra is committed to buying cows and goats and bicycles with a portion of the net proceeds from our sale of roasted coffees. We can buy a cow for around $175 USD, a goat for around $35 USD and a bicycle for around $ 80 USD. We also have wonderful friends in all these developing countries that are standing by to assist us in making this commitment a reality by finding just the right people that can benefit from such gifts. You can help bring these resources to those who will benefit the most by buying our premium roasted coffees and supporting our mission.