Eight years ago I was hiking through a Nicaragua coffee farm on an excursion and had a crazy idea! I was in Nicaragua visiting my parents who had moved there in 2007 to go full-time in a non-profit they started serving the Nicaraguans devastated by Hurricane Mitch.
New Song Mission was doing amazing things through health, wellness & community building initiatives, and I had to somehow get involved. When I walked the farm on our trip in 2012, I saw how hard the farmers worked, and when I tasted how wonderful their coffee was, the light bulb went off. I told my husband I was going to support coffee production in Nicaragua by importing coffee from that farm to our roastery in Wake Forest, North Carolina and donating a portion of the proceeds to New Song, my parents non-profit in Nicaragua.
I'm proud to be a woman-owned coffee roaster. The journey hasn't been easy, but as cliche as it sounds, it sure is worth it.
- Melissa Brown
Where the money goes
Your purchase of Well-Bean Coffee helps to support New Song Mission Nicaragua:
• The physical, mental, & spiritual well-being of the local people in the villages surrounding Chichigalpa, Nicaragua.
• Funding for New Song’s medical / dental clinic serving the underprivileged.
• Remote medical outreach serving rural villages where locals are without access to medical care.
• Community development expanding across 7 villages providing; feeding programs, “adopt a child” school sponsorships, sports ministry, and clean water initiatives.
• Check out the health initiatives your coffee supports!
• Well-Bean sources their Nicaraguan coffee beans direct from “Finca de San Jose” in Matagalpa, Nicaragua
• What is “Direct-Trade?” This is when a roaster or coffee distributor pays the coffee farm directly rather than going through a broker or middleman.
• When farmers are paid through direct-trade coffee relationships, they make up to 50% more profit than if their coffee beans are sold through a broker.
• Direct trade allows the farmers to invest in quality coffee practices, sustainability, and providing a better quality of life for the coffee farm workers during harvest.