Good Coffee, Doing Good
Our coffee roaster is Paul Kurtz, founder of Hemisphere Coffee Roasters. This is his story.
If you are looking for fresh roasted coffee that benefits coffee growing communities, you have come to the right place. We are passionate about the two natures of coffee: Place & People.
Coffee is Place
Great coffee is a product of its location. It is further enhanced by it growing environment and how the sun and rain and soil interact to produce hard, dense beans with vivid notes and highlights. Coffee grows around the world within a unique band of fertile volcanic soils. Places like Kenya, Indonesia, Peru, and Nicaragua grow fantastic coffee in their highlands.
Coffee is People
Every bean is handpicked by real, live, breathing people; people who have hopes, fears and dreams. Twenty five million families derive their major living from the production of coffee, and we are dedicated to helping as many as we can. Hemisphere Coffee Roasters has developed deep relationships of trust with coffee producers around the world. Our goal is to not give hand outs but instead focus on business-to-business solutions that we call direct-trade. This becomes a hand-up to the producer and their community, while providing an excellent cup of coffee for you.
Coffee is a mission for Paul Kurtz, founder of Hemisphere Coffee Roasters. This passion came as a direct result of mission work for his church in Central America. Learning the plight of farmers and workers who could barely earn enough money to feed their families while layers of middlemen marked up the price along the way, Kurtz decided to do something about it.
Taking a chance one year, he asked the farmer in Nicaragua he had met if he could ship a shipping container load of beans at a fair market price. An agreement was forged, coffee was delivered, and a roaster went into business. Today Kurtz imports more than 100 tons of coffee beans direct from farmers in Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Thailand, and many more places.
Direct trade coffee, or ethical trade coffee, assures that farmers pick the berries often for the height of flavor and they and their workers can earn an acceptable income. Beyond “fair trade” which doesn’t always mean that the farmer gets a fair shake in the deal, ethical trade shows the best side of the market.