The name “Third Culture Coffee” is derived from the company’s students – third-culture kids living in an international community. The name both captures our background as well as the essence of our mission to bridge communities. Partnering with Hani Coffee Co., a larger scale Yunnan-based social enterprise, TCC’s beans are sourced directly from farmers who are paid premiums up to 20% above market price. This allows farmers in Yunnan to better their product, while simultaneously increasing their wages.
FUNDING RAISED BEDS
Third Culture Coffee is dedicated to sending a monthly donation to the farmers we work in Yunnan, China. We are funding sustainable bean-drying technology. Raised beds enhance the quality of the coffee by providing a drying mechanism that ensures increased airflow. This vastly decreases the chances of any problems, like over-fermentation or mold, that would be detrimental to the coffee.
*Thus far, we have funded 6 raised beds!
In January we submitted the Naturals we did on the raised beds, and the response was incredible. Several people who have cupped a ton of Yunnan Coffee said it was the best Yunnan they have ever had... we are excited about the quality!
--Tim Heinze, owner of Hani Coffee Co.
From its days as an exploratory project to winning the annual ACAMIS Award for Innovation in Schools, Third Culture Coffee Roasters has made great strides, yet we still have far to travel if we are to continue to grow the impact we have on the coffee industry. We will continue to listen closely, and empower the people around us, whether it be through the gift of coffee, or simply through the gift of change. Most crucially, we aim to plant hope – hope that farmers may be able to expand their businesses, hope for the development of collaborative societies, and hope for a future where both urban and rural Chinese may retain access to employment, representation, and opportunity.