Supporting the communities that sustain us.
Every year we donate 5% of our profits to initiatives that strengthen rural communities. Our roastery is located in a tiny town in Wisconsin. It’s where we live and work and raise our families. Our coffee farmers are located in some of the most remote places on the planet, small villages in the highlands of Central and South America and in Africa. They’re our community, too.
We’re proud to partner with organizations that are keeping small agricultural communities viable and vital. This shared mission is central to who we are and informs how we do business. Their work inspires us every day.
We are pleased to partner with On the Ground, an organization working with Mayan communities to create clean water projects that have saved countless hours of backbreaking labor for thousands of women and children and have allowed under-served farming communities to flourish.
In 2016, villagers in the communities of Morelos and Yaxtep, Mexico are working with On the Ground to lay 10 kilometers of pipeline, bringing clean water to more than 600 people.
Through our partnership with On the Ground, we encourage empowerment and equal pay for women in our coffee growing regions with educational initiatives that help families see that when women prosper, communities prosper.
In 2016, the Muungano Cooperative is partnering with On the Ground to expand the scope of their GALS (Gender Action Learning System) training and their Credit and Savings Programs, which help the husbands and wives of coffee farming families gain a better understanding of how prosperity increases when money is saved and women receive fair compensation for their work in the field, and when they are are given equal authority in determining household finances.
For every pound of our Project Congo blend sold, $1 goes to this project.
Valley Stewardship Network
Our annual gift helps the Valley Stewardship Network protect the land and waters of the beautiful Driftless region of Wisconsin—including our namesake watershed, the Kickapoo Valley—through water quality research, public engagement, and educational outreach programs.
We want everybody to get outside and enjoy the abundant natural beauty of our region. So we support the work of Vernon Trails, a vital community organization based in Viroqua, Wis. that has built many miles of mixed-use trails open year round to hikers, bikers, and skiers.