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Heritage Coffee Pledges $7 From Every Bag of Premium Haitian Coffee to Earthquake Relief

JUNEAU – Alaska’s Heritage Coffee Company will donate $7-per-bag from every sale of a super-premium Haitian coffee to earthquake relief in the Caribbean nation devastated earlier this week by a 7.0 earthquake.

Heritage Coffee owner Grady Saunders said that within hours of learning of the earthquake, that the company purchase of what may be the last premium Haitian coffee beans available for some time to come will be used to help provide relief.

Travis Smith Vice President of operations said that “coincidentally we had just made a purchase  for a shipment of 6 - 132 pound bags of “Haitian Blue Pine Forest” coffee on Monday, the day before the earthquake.”

“Our Haitian coffee has always been a special favorite of Heritage coffee connoisseurs,” Smith said, “and now it may be some time before they are able to export any further shipments.”

“We and many of our customers were disappointed when Haitian Bleu® became unavailable to the market,” Saunders added. “But we’re confident they will equally enjoy Haitian Blue Pine Forest.”

“Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere,” Saunders said. “It’s been ravaged by four hurricanes in the past two years, and now Haitians who are trying to survive on $2 a day must deal with the worst earthquake in 200 years.”

Smith said the company’s shipment of Haitian Blue Pine Forest coffee should arrive at the Heritage Coffee roasterie in Juneau on January 25 and It will be available for shipment after Jan. 27  however you can reserve purchases in advance online, or by calling 1-800-478-5282 or at the two Heritage retail locations in downtown Juneau after the 27th. Twelve-ounce bags will sell for $14.99, with $7 of each sale promptly donated to Haiti relief programs.

“Twelve years ago, we began a cooperative program with USAID to help coffee farmers in Haiti,” Saunders said. “We agreed to pay premium dollars over whatever the current market pricing was at that moment.

“Those extra funds were used to help improve the coffee produced and the infrastructure in the growing regions, including hospitals and schools for the families that work in the coffee industry.

The coffee produced throughout this relationship has created positive results affecting more than 50,000 families in the coffee-growing communities of Haiti,” Saunders added.

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