And there is an added benefit to purchasing this gourmet treat.
With every purchase made, a portion of the profit is dedicated to helping the people of Haiti.
Charitable Contributions and Sponsorships- L'Azile
Surrounded by the highlands where the coffee flourishes, there is a small Haitian town called L'Azile. This is Yves' hometown. We have already been able to provide the means to send disadvantaged children through high school (5 children in 2010) and eventually all the way through college. Contributions to medical facilities have also been made.
Rabbit Project- L'Azile
In 2011, Makouti, Haiti Coffee and the PenWell Foundation have introduced rabbit production to L'Azile. 20-30 families are receiving instruction and the proper equipment to begin raising rabbits for food and income. Rabbit is proving to be a valuable entrepreneurial opportunity for Haitians increasing annual net incomes by $834. http://www.nickbrubaker.com/gates_index.html
Coffee Project- Plaisance
For the 2011 harvest, Haiti Coffee is negotiating the purchase and processing of coffee beans from Plaisance in Northern Haiti. Cupping samples have been very exciting. This group of independent producers is working to form a new cooperative.
Promotion of the Coffee Industry in L'Azile
In conjunction with Haiti Fidac in cooperation with (SAD) Societe Agricole de Developpement. This project hopes to provide the farmers the means for the production of better crop of coffee; Increase the reforestation of the area; Reduce crop failures; Create 300,624 jobs of which 30% will be allocated to women and 20% to the youths.
Certification of Haitian coffees
With the assistance of Partners of the Americas Farmer to Farmer program and Makouti Agro Entreprise, Haiti Coffee is taking steps to help Haitian coffee producers to investigate and obtain certification for their coffees. Most of Haiti's coffee is organically grown but not certified due to a lack of funding and understanding of the process involved to obtain certification. Some have had various certifications in the past but it lapsed or the paper work is lost. Helping to reorganize this process will assist in marketing Haitian coffee in the future.