By People Operations Manager, Daniel Klingelhoets
There’s nothing warmer, especially this time of year, than great coffee and giving back. Global Brigades is excited to continue partnering with Stone Creek Coffee in Milwaukee, WI to help support students fundraising for their Brigade or TeleBrigade. But why coffee?
The Café Holístico initiative is a long-term vision of Global Brigades to bridge the gap of capital access for coffee farmers in communities where we work. While coffee from Global Brigades communities is not currently sold as part of Café Holistíco fundraisers, it’s through ongoing collaboration with partners like Stone Creek Coffee we will one day realize this vision. Through capacity building and investment in community partners, we can foster direct trade relationships between producers and roasters, maximizing economic impact for the coffee growing community.
New as of 2020, groups are now able to fundraise by selling Ghanaian Hot Chocolate as well.
Just like Global Brigades, Stone Creek Coffee is committed to its community with many local initiatives and projects, as well as their coffee partners, focusing on a direct farm to cup model and strong relationships with producers. Relationships like this with coffee producers allow space for mutual investment in the relationship, reduce the opportunity for middlemen to take hard-earned profit from producers, and increase financial transparency. Empowerment, collaboration, and sustainability are the forefront of their approach to coffee sourcing, three values important to Global Brigades. This approach to coffee sourcing is the backbone of Café Holístico – leveraging our relationships and resources with community partners on the ground to increase capacity and access to buyers as we continue to collaborate with local partners and experts to improve the quality and production processes on the ground.
Volunteers in the United States can get started today and view the fundraising FAQ by visiting holistico.org.
For Canadian Chapters, please visit our friends at Aroma Maya Coffee Roasters to get your sale started.