Old Quarter Coffee Merchants, located in the Southern Cross Industrial Estate Ballina, is raising much needed funds for their coffee farming partners in Vietnam after they lost everything in a tragic fire on New Years Day.
This Coffee Roastery and Espresso Bar has a unique business model in which they only source their coffee using direct trade, ensuring their money goes straight into the hands of the farmers with none skimmed off the top. When owners Amelia and Yosir found out that their partners in Vietnam had lost their homes, possessions, processing machinery and most of their 2017 harvest they we’re devastated and immediately launched a fundraising campaign to support the four families affected to get a roof back over their heads.
Langbiang Coffee Village are made up of an ethnic minority people called the K’Ho. They’ve experienced poverty and on-going exploitation from loan sharks who operate in the coffee industry in Vietnam. However, through years of hard work and the support of an international NGO, they’ve pulled themselves out of the poverty cycle and now produce a specialty arabica coffee that’s in high demand.
“They’ve worked so hard over the last four years to improve their growing, harvesting, and processing methods and now produce some of the finest coffee in Southeast Asia. To see this ripped away from them in one morning is gut wrenching”, said co-owner and roaster Yosir.
Amelia and Yosir were quick to tell us “Every donation counts no matter how small”.