Sunday, September 29, is National Coffee Day! (Hey, every day is coffee day for me!) And, in honor of this festive occasion, I’m pleased to feature two Arkansas coffee companies, Westrock Coffee and Airship Coffee. For both companies, making a positive social impact, providing economic sustainability and fair trade are their primary focuses.
Westrock Coffee is based in North Little Rock, and started off as the brainchild of Scott Ford, former Alltel CEO. Through his work at an orphanage in Rwanda, Ford became acquainted with their president and other leaders. As the country struggled to get back on its feet after the tumultuous ’90’s, Ford saw a way to help them help themselves. Rwandan soil, elevation and climate is one of the finest for growing coffee. Ford started with an abandoned coffee mill, gained the trust of the local farmers and gave them the tools to reestablish their coffee farms.
Bentonville is the home of Airship Coffee. In 2005, University of Arkansas agronomist, Mark Bray, was in the Honduran mountains, and as he listened to the coffee farmers talk about their hope for a brighter future, the idea of Airship Coffee was born. “Airship Coffee was founded on the idea that we could improve lives by helping farmers improve their coffee quality and by creating market access through direct trade relationships.”
PROUD TO BE AN ARKANSAN!
For more information on these companies and where to purchase their coffees, visit their website at www.westrockcoffee.com and www.airshipcoffee.com.
I’ve personally had Westrock Coffee and endorse the Bold! Looking forward to trying Airship Coffee when I visit NW Arkansas.
Have a cup o’ Joe and celebrate National Coffee Day!