The temps and the humidity are at an all time high in August in the South as our children wrap up summer vacations and head off to school!!! Here at Shoals Coffee Co we have been drinking a lot of cold brew and iced coffee to relieve the heat of the summer days. A couple of weeks ago we received a shipment of Honduran beans with coffee sacks weighing in at about 150 pounds each. You better believe it was a hot day for this crew bringing them into our roasting room. As we talk about education, we thought you might enjoy learning more about the stories behind the beans we roast.
Unloading and loading coffee sacks is a whole new level of work. As I wiped the sweat from my brow, I couldn’t help but think about the women in a totally different country who have invested and labored over these beans and the journey they have traveled. Our Honduran coffee is supplied by San Lazaro Coffee farms. Coffee plants are grown in the rich volcanic soil of the La Botiia Mountains in southern Honduras. Check out their instagram account filled with images of the beautiful coffee farm. The farm has a woman manager and also employs women to care for and pick the coffee from start to finish. That may. not sound like a big deal, but in a country that has been labeled as one of the most dangerous places for women to live, it's a really big deal! San Lazaro takes it one step further by paying the workers more than fair trade wages which empowers them to thrive as they support their families.
Shoals Coffee Co is proud to support this Honduran Coffee farm and offer our support to these women and children as well by sourcing beans from this farm. Always remember, when you purchase your cup or bag of Shoals Coffee, you are investing in more than just mommas and babies in the Shoals. You are also investing in our efforts to support women and their families around the world.
...most of the women I know have dreams and goals in addition to parenting. It may mean staying up late at night to work a second job or even rising early in the morning to make the magic happen, but there is nothing a mom won't do to care for the needs of her family...Nothing, including the hard work of planting, growing, and harvesting coffee.