In 2016, the pieces of 3-19 Coffee came together. Founded by Chris Dollries and Mike Weaver, a shared love of coffee and people quickly became our foundation.
In learning the ropes of specialty coffee, we drank A LOT of coffee and did even more listening. We checked out the largest specialty coffee trade show (Specialty Coffee Association of America held in Atlanta) and we roasted countless samples on a home roaster to better understand the sights, sounds and smells of roasting coffee. We also recruited un buen amigo, Mike Vehar, to help us as we shaped our coffee company.
What led us to this project, is the importance we put on ensuring fair wages are paid for any coffee we buy (and roast & sell). We want to know that every coffee bean positively affected the environment and the communities it touched along its pilgrimage from seed to cup.
So, as our journey into the wonders of specialty coffee deepened, we sought out relationships along the coffee supply chain that shared the same values as 3-19.
From day one, it's our mission to make social impact a core pillar of our coffee roasting business.
Our mission is simple: Coffee, Art and Community.
Welcome to our project!
Enter: Catracha Coffee
Last May, we attended a fundraiser dinner for Catracha Coffee in San Francisco and had the great pleasure of meeting its founders, Mayra and her husband, Lowell.
Like a good book, we couldn't put down the Catracha Coffee story.
Catracha Coffee, started in 2010, is a social enterprise dedicated to accessing the specialty coffee market for small coffee farmers in Santa Elena, Honduras. Catracha purchases from small farmers and returns the profits from the sale of the green coffee to the producer. These farmers do not have the land or infrastructure to produce large volumes of coffee, but they can still improve their earnings per pound with better quality coffee.
It's a story built on experimentation, compassion, persistence and vision. Mayra and her husband Lowell, have upped the ante of their commitment by moving from the Bay Area to Honduras to further support each and every family that is part of Catracha. It's truly a virtuous cycle of specialty coffee.
Catracha's story aligned perfectly with the values of 3-19 Coffee.
Our Art Day in Santa Elena, Honduras
Last year, after making our first green coffee purchases from two Catracha farmers, 3-19 Coffee took a trip to visit Mayra, Lowell, and the farmers of Santa Elena.
During our trip, we sponsored a day of art for the kids in the community. We were amazed by the talent in the room! It was truly heartwarming to see the kids engage with each other along with their own creativity and art.
This became our inspiration to further integrate art into the Santa Elena community and launch 3-19 Coffee's first social impact project.
How You Can Help!
For 3-19 Coffee, a portion of every sale will be set aside for social impact projects. But as we are launching our company, we need your help for this first project!
Our first social impact project is to launch a lasting art program with the youth of Santa Elena.
We are donating our time and picking up the travel costs to this project. This Kickstarter project and associated funds will cover three primary areas:
We can't wait to share the art that is created during this Youth Conference with our supporters! Based on your pledge contribution, you'll be receiving delicious coffee from this wonderful community donned with artwork on the packaging created during the youth conference!
Your contribution allows 3-19 Coffee to begin testing our model of contributing to social impact projects while sharing customized, artistic packaging with delicious, freshly roasted Catracha Coffee beans roasted to bring out the best flavors in the coffee.
Supporting Women in Coffee!
3-19 Coffee strongly believes that women are the driving force to the health and productivity of their families and communities. By naming our coffee business, "3-19 Coffee", we wanted to directly honor the most important women in our lives. Chris' wife, Jen, and Mike's wife, Roula, both share the birthdate of March 19th. Hence our name, 3-19 Coffee!
Mayra, the founder of Catracha Coffee, named her business Catracha Coffee because “catracha” is the nickname for a Honduran woman!
Learn more about Catracha Coffee!
Fun fact: March 19th is also Father's Day in Honduras!
Risks and challenges
A primary challenge we face is ensuring that we are aligned with the proper resources to make both "Art Scholarships" and "Future Art Workshops" a successful model that can be replicated in the future. We have partnered with an art professor who lives in Tegucigalpa, Honduras to help ensure that continued support and attention are given to this project.
From 3-19 Coffee's perspective, a key objective of this entire effort is for this to be the start of something bigger and that our efforts are lasting and sustainable. We plan to contribute all raised funds that exceed our goal towards next year's youth conference and growing the presence of art in Santa Elena and in the lives of their youth.
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