From The Roaster
MORE THAN COFFEE
We invest 30% of our profits towards community development projects in coffee-growing regions. Currently, we are purchasing water filters that will last a lifetime for families in Nicaragua and Mexico.
INTENT COFFEE ROASTING’S STORY
I started out roasting on my back porch. My dad had been home-roasting for a few years, and his coffee was really good. As I got the hang of roasting, I gave some coffee to friends, who all responded positively. From there it was only a matter of connecting within the coffee community to find a shared roaster and build my business. I wanted to start a business, but it had to be bigger than me.
I have traveled in many different coffee-growing countries and have seen how even giving back a little bit more than a fair price can change the growers’ and their families’ lives.
My goal is to visit coffee farms once a year. This has taken me to Haiti, Nicaragua and Hawaii, where I have toured coffee farms and tasted their samples. I have also helped a young man in Rwanda replant his father's field with coffee for the first time since the 1994 genocide. He harvested for the first time in June 2015, and has started a co-op with his neighbors, hoping to build a washing station and export their beans to the US.
Portland is one of the hottest cities for coffee. It has provided the opportunity to lease time on a roaster allowing for more growth than would be possible otherwise, and its goals with the beans are all about single origin and light roasted coffees.