Tasting Notes: Earthy, Chocolate
Coffee Distributor: Seed of Hope
The Story Behind the Coffee:
This non-profit works with Burmese refugees and houses 33 hill-tribe students from remote villages in Northern Thailand. It provides a safe space for them to live while attending Thai public school, teaches sustainable life skills, spiritual formation and steps to apply for Thai citizenship. A portion of annual sales from this coffee provides scholarships for these students seeking higher education.
Seed of Hope Coffee Company was born out of the need for the education of marginalized children in Northern Thailand. Majority owner Lawpa Mayoe fled the war zone in Burma (Myanmar) when he was 13. In the struggle for his family to simply survive, the opportunity to go to school wasn't an option. Later, as he and his wife Bairak began raising their three children in a remote village, they were determined to change the narrative.
Lawpa moved his family off the mountain, along with 20 more kids from other Akha villages who wanted to go to Thai public school. Lawpa and his wife boarded 23 kids with a very small budget while the kids attended school.
This is when Seed of Hope founders met them and saw their massive vision to improve the lives of stateless and marginalized children. The operation became the Seed of Hope project and operates as a non-profit, continuing to board and develop what is now 33 students seeking education and life skills.