Coffee is a global effort. It is a privilege to forge relationships and extend our community along the supply chain as much as possible. With your help and patronage, Foglifter Coffee Roasters is able to create an impact, however small, on the lives of colleagues in our area and around the world. We thank you for supporting our passions and those of our partners.
COFFEE KIDS IN THE COWICHAN VALLEY
- COLOMBIA, THE TRIFINIO REGION & TANZANIA -
We are thrilled to introduce a fundraising initiative with local schools within the Cowichan Valley beginning with École Cobble Hill in the fall of 2017.
One part coffee origin youth-entrepreneurship incubator, one part École Cobble Hill fundraiser, one part Genius Hour resource, our partnership with Coffee Kids is designed to draw a connection between the coffee your parents drink and the lives of young people in other places around the world.
Working with Joanna Furgiuele in New York, Foglifter has devised a coffee subscription program that not only sees proceeds from each bag of coffee sold going to directly to École Cobble Hill's PAC and a portion being committed to the Coffee Kids program, but also enables a line of communication between the elementary and middle school students in Canada and the young entrepreneurs in Colombia, Tanzania, and the Trifinio region of Central America.
The hope is that through this connection, curiosity reigns, the Coffee Kids programs are a little more enriched, and that Cowichan Valley students are introduced to and draw inspiration and motivation from the ingenuity and drive of these young innovators.
SANTA CLARA SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
- GUATEMALA -
We were introduced to the prized coffees of this fourth generation coffee producer through our shop, Bean Around The World - Main & 20th. Inspired by a trip to the Zelaya farms, the Bean Roastery worked with Ricardo to build a schoolhouse at their remote farm, Finca Carrizal, way back in 2008 and have continued to support the growing school program ever since.
As entrepreneurs, they are tireless in the pursuit to do more. From agricultural innovations to eco-friendly, meticulous processing facilities to community advocacy and philanthropy, the care the Zelaya family takes with their life's work is energizing and inspiring.
It is an honour to kick off Foglifter Coffee Roasters with an ongoing commitment to the scholarship program conceived by Ricardo and now spearheaded by his daughters Katia and Bel who are bringing on the fifth generation of Ricardo Zelaya Coffee (as well as playing a prominent role in the rising young female entrepreneurship era in Guatemala) with amazing vision and verve.