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The Coffee Industry's Secret...Poverty?

Updated: Apr 19, 2023


OK; I know this is a bit harsh but the coffee cup message is intended to be a wake-up call to inspire action, not guilt. My interest is in getting this message of the human need to every coffee lover and calling them to action.

Please take a few minutes to read, and consider what you can do to alleviate what I consider to be the most pressing need in coffee. At Coffee Homes we provide practical ways for you, your friends, your coffee shop, or your corporation to make a donation to help build homes or better yet sponsor one home or many homes for coffee worker families. Read about our Coffee Shops Program and check out the Coffee Shops Sponsorship Manual We would love to talk to you about how we can make a difference together.




As we sip our morning cup of coffee, the majority of us are unaware of what it takes to get that precious liquid into our hands.

The coffee industry involves a complex supply chain that begins with coffee farming and ends with the consumption of coffee by consumers worldwide. The industry is dominated by a handful of large corporations that control much of the production and distribution of coffee, but there are also many small-scale farmers, workers, and independent businesses involved in the process.


At the start of the supply chain, coffee is grown in tropical regions around the world, with the largest producers being Brazil, Vietnam, Colombia, and Indonesia. Coffee farming is a labor-intensive process that requires significant investments in equipment and infrastructure, but many small-scale farmers lack access to these resources and are forced to rely on low-tech and labor-intensive methods.


Many of these farmers live in poverty and face numerous challenges, including volatile market prices, climate change, and political instability. They often work long hours in difficult conditions and are paid very little for their labor, making it difficult to invest in their farms or improve their living standards. Those who labor long hours caring for and harvesting the coffee are, for the most part extremely poor and often have their entire family including their children working with them to be able to make enough money to barely survive.



The coffee is then harvested, processed, and shipped to roasters and traders who blend, roast, and package the coffee for distribution to retailers and consumers around the world. These companies employ a wide range of workers, from skilled roasters and blenders to warehouse and distribution staff.


While these workers may have access to better working conditions and higher wages than coffee farmers, many still face challenges such as long hours, low pay, and job insecurity. The coffee industry is also known for its exploitation of labor, particularly in developing countries where labor laws may be weak or unenforced.

In the end, the 1st world consumer enjoys the convenience and luxury of coffee without necessarily being aware of the challenges and hardships faced by those who produce it. While there are efforts to promote fair trade and sustainable practices in the industry, many of these issues remain unresolved, and it is often the poorest and most vulnerable workers who bear the brunt of the industry's shortcomings.


This is where Coffeehomes.org comes in. Coffeehomes.org is a non-profit organization dedicated to building homes for coffee farm workers in Honduras and Colombia. By providing these workers with safe and secure housing, Coffeehomes.org is helping to improve their living conditions, increase their productivity, and ultimately, enhance their quality of life.



However, Coffeehomes.org cannot do it alone. The organization relies on the generosity of individuals like you to fund their important work. By making a donation to Coffeehomes.org, you can directly impact the lives of coffee farm workers and their families, and help them to break the cycle of poverty.


Your donation will go towards the construction of new homes for coffee farm workers, including materials, labor, and other associated costs. The organization ensures that the homes are built to high standards and that they are designed to meet the specific needs of the workers and their families. This includes access to water, sanitation facilities, and other basic necessities.

By donating to Coffeehomes.org, you will be making a tangible difference in the lives of coffee farm workers. You will be helping to provide them with a safe and secure place to call home, and in doing so, you will be supporting the future of sustainable coffee production.

So, if you are a coffee lover or just a concerned individual who wants to make a difference, I encourage you to consider making a donation to Coffeehomes.org. Every little bit helps, and together, we can build a better future for coffee farm workers and their families.


In Honduras, approximately 110,000 families rely on coffee production for their livelihoods. Many of these families live in rural areas and lack access to basic services such as clean water, electricity, and sanitation. As a result, they often live in substandard housing conditions, which can have negative impacts on their health and well-being.


In Colombia, coffee production is also a critical part of the economy, providing employment for over 500,000 families. However, many coffee worker families in Colombia face similar challenges to those in Honduras, with limited access to basic services and inadequate housing conditions.


Overall, housing is a fundamental need for coffee worker families in both Honduras and Colombia. Addressing this need is crucial for promoting economic development, improving living conditions, and supporting the well-being of these communities.

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