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Out of 25 types of coffee, Coffea Arabica (pronounced a-ra-bik-a or ar-a-beka) and Coffea canepha (Robusta) are the two most familiar. It is Coffea Arabica that produces 70% of the world's coffee. Haiti's climate, the growing region's mountain elevation, and the shade provided by the indigenous trees all provide the perfect growing environment for this precious bean. We are proud to introduce this coffee to you and to share the secret with coffee enthusiasts everywhere.

Coffee was introduced to Haiti in 1725 by the Jesuits in the commune of Terrier Rouge as Arabica seedlings from Martinique. A decade later coffee was planted at Dondon, another community located at an altitude of 450 meters in the departement du Nord. Coffee then spread to all 10 departments thriving in colonial times. Haiti became a valuable producer on the international market producing 50% of the world's coffee, first acquiring international demand in France. At that time Haiti was still a French colony. From Paris to Marseilles, the French fell in love with the tropical treat and embraced it as their own.

The decline of the coffee sector in Haiti started around the beginning of the 1970s with the lowering of the price of coffee on the international market. From 1971 to 1982, the coffee acreage rose to approximately 140,000 ha. According to recent estimates, coffee is down to 115,000 ha producing an average 250 kg per hectare nationally, due to disease and lack of maintenance. The result is a decrease in domestic production from 45,720 tons in 1962 to 21,000 tons in 2006. (INCAH) In the early 1990's coffee cultivation in Haiti was affected by trade embargoes, as well as coffee rust, a fungal disease that attacked the coffee bean plant, (Coffee Research Institute).

With the help of USAID and the Inter American Development Bank, the Federation des Associations Cafeieres Natives (FACN) was created in an effort to improve the processing and quality of Haiti's coffee. This coffee was trademarked Haitian Blue and improved sales through contracts through 2009 for some regions in Haiti. (Development Alternatives, Inc.) Few Haitians these days can make a living growing coffee and the knowledge is becoming lost with the passing of the older generation. Until now there was more value in cutting the trees for charcoal than processing and selling the beans. Hurricanes and CBB (Coffee Berry Borer Beetle) have also taken a significant toll (60-80% of the 1012-2013 harvest)

Haiti Coffee is working collaboratively in Haiti with other companies and NGO's to revitalize the coffee industry and to facilitate export. With the help of Haiti's own Makouti Agro Entreprise and Partners of the Americas Farmer to Farmer program, farmers now have a voice, access to knowledge and a route to access resources to redevelop their agricultural heritage to its former glory. Collaborating with Haiti Coffee.com, Inc. now provides the individual and the merchant the opportunity to have this unique java taste on hand direct from the farmers. Haiti Coffee is also committed to the rebirth of Haiti, formerly known as The Pearl of the Antilles.

Please visit our blog to learn more about our progress, how your coffee habit can help others thrive and how income generating agriculture can empower future generations in a sustainable fashion. With every purchase made, a percentage of profit is dedicated to creating more income generating agricultural opportunities. With your help we can help Haitians help themselves.

We are currently collaborating with the following organizations and individuals:

Makouti Agro Entreprise is a diversified agriculture business and marketing cooperative owned and operated in Haiti. Established in 2004, Makouti has more than 1,000 producers of a wide-variety of agricultural products such as honey, rabbit, coffee, chocolate, fruits and vegetables. In order to cultivate the agricultural business in Haiti, Makouti provides equipment, training, technical assistance, and transportation for start up ventures. In return, Makouti receives a percentage of final product.

Cooperative members gain access to Makouti's extensive network, technical assistance to improve production, and are able to sell their products under the well-recognized Makouti brand. The quality assurance program guarantees only the highest-grade products receive the Makouti label, retaining an exemplary reputation and returning a premium to producers.

Partners of the Americas Farmer to Farmer Program provides technical assistance to local agricultural producers, producer organizations, and agribusinesses throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. Through the program, U.S. agricultural volunteers share their knowledge on an individual basis to help increase farm production and farmer incomes while preserving the natural resource base.

The John Ogonowski and Doug Bereuter Farmer-to-Farmer (FTF) Program is funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). U.S. volunteers participating in Farmer to Farmer spend two to four weeks on assignment working directly with local counterparts in Latin America and the Caribbean to address previously identified local needs. Technical assistance is focused on agricultural commodity chains, from field to market, addressing bottlenecks wherever they are identified. The program targets small and medium scale producers, producer organizations and related enterprises, and emphasizes women and minority participation.

The current program is working primarily in Nicaragua, Haiti, Guyana and the Dominican Republic, as well as in other countries throughout the hemisphere (FTF Flex opportunities). The program has had an impact throughout the hemisphere. For example, working with Makouti Agro Enterprise, a producers’ cooperative, the Farmer to Farmer Program helped create economic opportunities in Cap-Haïtien, Haiti. Farmers struggled to make a living off the land and many chose to leave in search of work in the cities. Then farmers united to form Makouti, which allowed them to pool their resources to overcome obstacles. Farmer to Farmer volunteers advised the cooperative on financial management, marketing strategies, and packaging and labeling, and more. As a result, members are now earning two to three times their previous income.

Multinational Exchange for Sustainable Agriculture (MESA) connects farmers and sustainable food advocates around the world for participatory training and cross-cultural exchange to strengthen local, resilient food systems worldwide. Since 1997, MESA has sponsored over 600 global farm stewards at over 250 U.S. host placements. MESA proudly offers the only J-1 Training and Cultural Exchange Program--as designated by the U.S. Department of State--to solely facilitate a "share and learn" experience on behalf of sustainable agriculture for small-scale farmers and grassroots activists.

Singing Rooster Haitian Coffee

Singing Rooster Haitian Coffee is an established social enterprise; they alleviate rural poverty in Haiti with economic development through coffee agriculture. They partner with farmer-owned coffee cooperatives to provide farmers direct access to markets. By helping farmers to improve crops, paying premium prices for those crops and then transforming and marketing those crops on behalf of farmers, they believe they've created a farmer-to-table model for rural coffee communities.

Ethan Casey is a veteran international journalist, editor, and author, who frequently writes about life in Haiti, Pakistan and the USA.

Dr. Paul Farmer has called Casey’s book Bearing the Bruise: A Life Graced by Haiti, “a heartfelt account” that “gives readers an informed perspective on many of the political and social complexities that vex those who seek to make common cause with Haiti.”

We have a special Ethan's book + coffee offer coming soon.

Almana Harvest benefits women in the world of coffee by promoting and protecting gender diverse trade.

Almana Harvest is currently working in conjunction with the International Women’s Coffee Alliance (IWCA) to harvest fees and contributions from a selected network of socially responsible coffee suppliers and customers that will result in direct support for women in the world of coffee at countries of origin.

Petaluma Coffee & Tea Our mission is "To raise the spirits of all who enter" and our product is people who share with each other, in varying roles, the experience of good coffee, good tea, and life on our planet. So "all who enter" is not limited to customers who enter our store. The statement refers to our determination to contribute a healthy, nurturing effect on the total circle of relationships that together produce the experience of great coffee and tea in the cup. It includes farming families all around the world who grow our coffees and teas, the exporters and importers who get the beans and leaves to us, our customers who depend upon us for quality, our employees, who are dedicated to this mission, and many others.

 

Every batch is roasted under the watchful eye of our roastmaster, Brian Patel. We do not use any of the fancy high tech gadgets to insure super precise roasting standards. We rely on the eye, the nose, the experience, the care, and the highly developed roasting artistry of Brian to insure that the beans that leave our little roasters will result in a wonderfully delicious experience in the cup.

 

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