The Coffee Cafe is open Sunday mornings from 9:15 a.m. until service starts. There is a limited menu of espresso drinks for a minimal suggested donation. House coffees and teas are also served for a suggested $1.00 donation. This is a great time to come a little early, grab a muffin and a cup of coffee and fellowship around the cafe tables with friends.
Americans consume more coffee than any other nation. On average, 108 million people in the U.S. drink coffee every day, consuming 2.3 billion pounds a year. Behind oil, coffee is the second largest traded commodity in the world. However, the trade system does not work in favor of developing countries; unlike the oil industry, coffee producers live in extreme poverty, bringing in an average of only $500 per year. For every American coffee drinker, there is one worker elsewhere in the world who depends on coffee for their day-to-day survival.
Because the rules that govern trade favor rich countries, the potential to reduce poverty and support economic growth for poorer countries is being lost. As a result, most of these developing countries are dependent on outside aid for their survival. If Africa alone could increase its share of world exports by just 1%, it would generate $70 billion – about 5 times what it already receives in aid.
Families do not have enough money to send their children to school, nor can they afford basic medical care and have access to clean water. They are trapped in a cycle of poverty, unable to escape on their own.
What 963 is doing and what you can do:
The Project’s purpose is twofold: to provide a fair wage for coffee farmers in poverty-stricken communities and to allow groups and individuals to use the coffee to raise funds for mission projects and relief initiatives.
Here are tangible ways to do this:
Take the taste test. See why our beans are bad to the bone, and how drinking this coffee helps give farmers hope and a sustainable future. Drink up!
* The 963 Affiliate Program:
If you’re like us, then coffee is one of your obsessions. We’re here to let you know you can take that passion and help create change in the world.
* Black Gold:
See how we are inextricably connected to the livelihoods of millions of people around the world who are struggling to survive.
* Coffee Trips:
Want to live a week in the life of a coffee farmer? See where we’re going and how you can come!
For more information, visit www.963coffee.com