Cupping Notes: Sweet with a slight citrus flavor, chocolate, almond
Haiti is an beautiful country with majestic mountains, blue ocean waters, gorgeous sunsets. Over the years much damage has come to this tiny Caribbean paradise, many times at the hand of those who may have had good intentions, but in their effort to help, they left the people worse off.
Economically, this is the poorest place in the Western Hemisphere, many subsisting on $1-$2 a day. Jobs are few but we find the people as some of the hardest working we have seen anywhere in the world. Primary education, which is constitutionally mandated by the Haitian government is not offered for free in most of Haiti, and even the relative low cost is prohibitive for most. Access to basic needs, things most in the U.S. can run quickly and purchase at a drug store, are rare. Sadly, diseases U.S. health care professionals only read about in our history, take the lives or severely impair Haitian children and adults alike. Still, walking through a village one hears the sounds of children playing, adults in conversation or even signing.
After the 2010 earthquake, decimating the capital city, Port-au-Prince and an area some 30-40 miles in every direction, the world came to render relief. That was a good thing. Relief, however, must give way to a different tactic: enterprise that builds and sustains itself! Our founder, the Javapastor, just months following this disaster, began developing relationships with nearly 2,000 farmers in the northern mountains, approximately 90 minutes south of Cap-haitian. One thing led to another, and the struggling coffee industry in that area came alive! Tons of Haitian Blue Mountain were shipped to the U.S. and the farmers began to "own" their own recovery and future!
We desire to lean into those relationships once again, not because Haiti is an easy place to do business, because it is certainly not. We see Haitian Coffee as a world class commodity that even the most seasoned coffee professional can enjoy.
You will find this coffee compatible to its genetic cousin, Jamaican Blue and several Central American varieties, however, it is still unique among them all. Try it for yourself!