JoyHouse Coffee Brews Up Jobs, Gives Back to the Community
Since the early 1800s, one of Haiti’s main exports has been coffee beans. Throughout the country, coffee formed the backbone of the economy. It gave hundreds of farmers a very important job: providing unique Haitian flavor and a source of caffeine for a portion of the world. However, after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti decimated the country, including the coffee bean farms, coffee has fallen swiftly behind as a major export in Haiti. JoyHouse coffee is looking to change that.
When David and Casey Watson originally traveled to Haiti in 2016, they had no idea Haitians ever farmed coffee beans. Two years later, they had their first roast: the JoyHouse blend. “JoyHouse was the name of the place we stayed in Haiti,” David said.
“On top of helping employ Haitians, JoyHouse is committed to sending 50% of our profits back into Haiti to Leve Kanpe and JoyHouse,” partner Parker Touchton noted. Touchton runs Haiti Artisan Cooperative, a nonprofit whose sole purpose is to provide an e-commerce storefront for companies like JoyHouse to sell their products worldwide. “JoyHouse was started as a way just to give back to Haiti,” he said.
The two blends of coffee, the JoyHouse blend, and the Leve Kanpe blend are both available through Haiti Artisan Co. and JoyHouse’s own website. The Leve Kanpe blend is named after another organization, a friend of the Watson’s, started in Haiti. “Leve Kanpe is Creole for rise up,” David explained. “The philosophy behind JoyHouse Coffee is that anyone can rise up and make a difference, and that joy is a choice.”One cup of coffee can make a massive difference to Haitian farmers. JoyHouse Coffee’s mission statement is “Drink Coffee. Change a life,” and they take that mission to heart.
JoyHouse is dedicated to changing lives in Haiti. It starts by giving Haitians dignity by providing life-giving, sustainable jobs as coffee producers. It ends with returning 50% of the profits from JoyHouse coffee’s bean sales and sales from their brick and mortar location in Bentonville, Arkansas, directly back to the Haitian community.
“By partnering with coffee growers in Haiti, creating jobs for disenfranchised Haitians, buying the beans at or above fair trade, and funding humanitarian missions in Haiti through these profits, your daily cup of coffee fuels a life-changing mission,” David said.
Haiti is in dire need of job creation and exports. The Watson’s mission is to begin to help Haitians begin producing coffee again. While there is still a long way to go, the Watson’s are doing what they can to bring Haitian coffee to you. If you live in Bentonville, the JoyHouse coffeeshop is open Monday-Thursday 6:30 am-6:30 pm and Friday and Saturday from 6:30 am-9 pm. They also ship their beans across the country, allowing a little piece of Haiti to be delivered right to your doorstep so that you and yours can be part of this life-changing mission in Haiti.
PREMIUM HAITIAN COFFEE
Haiti was once a robust exporter of coffee around the world. Today, a very small portion of the nation’s crop ever leaves the island. Together, we can change that.
Haitian coffee farms sit on fertile soils within mountainous landscapes, creating smooth blends grown at high altitudes. Our refreshing JoyHouse Coffee is responsibly grown, harvested, dried, roasted, and packaged in Haiti.
Haiti is the poorest nation in the western hemisphere. A small Caribbean island, it’s people lack the educational opportunities, clean water, respectable incomes, and basic dignity that we so often take for granted. Haiti is an oppressed and poor nation, but not a hopeless people.
Haiti was once a robust exporter of coffee around the world. Today, a very small portion of the nation’s crop ever leaves the island. Together, we can change that. Haitian coffee farms sit on fertile soils within mountainous landscapes, creating smooth blends grown at high altitudes. Our refreshing JoyHouse Coffee is responsibly grown, harvested, dried, roasted, and packaged in Haiti.
CHANGE A LIFE
It’s true — a cup of coffee here can change a life there. It starts by giving dignity through sustainable jobs, and ends with returning 50% of profits to bring life to the people of Haiti. Your daily cup of coffee fuels this life-changing mission.
JOYHOUSE COFFEE IS RESPECTFULLY SOURCED COFFEE THAT CREATES JOBS AND BRINGS JOY TO THE PEOPLE OF HAITI.