Want long-lasting (self-sustaining) impact in Haiti? Support small family farmers – including urban / community gardens Singing Rooster has been investing in small producer farmers in Haiti for over a decade. We launched operations with Haitian coffee farmers in 2009 and became 501c3 nonprofit in 2010. In 2015, we expanded our work to include cacao farmers (crops used to make all things chocolate). Since 60% of Haitians identify themselves as part of a family farm, it makes sense that sustainability efforts begin with agriculture. We’ll … Read More
Why is Haiti so Poor? Hope Amidst Misery
Reasons Why / Causes for Haiti’s Poverty are Complex The following essay was written by Bob Corbett, a longtime advocate for this sovereign island nation; Bob gave Singing Rooster permission to put his essay on our site. Bob wrote this essay in 1986 — and EVERYTHING he said then still stands. It’s a thorough walk-through describing why Haiti is so poor – give this time. Then go buy some Haitian coffee or chocolate bars — we’re the farmer’s partner and know Haiti’s self sustainability rests … Read More
This is a story of compassion, generosity, kindness.
Meet Daniel & Cat Moretz – owners of a coffee shop in Jupiter Florida: i Need Coffee t’s small. Unassuming. They opened about a year ago… in the middle of a pandemic.
Roasting Haitian Cacao Tips
In late spring, early summer, Singing Rooster imports tons of Haitian cacao. Like our work with coffee farmers, we’re opening markets on behalf of small producers — creating inroads to long-lasting economy building in rural Haiti. In that vein, we want chocolate makers big and small to know this bean and roast it well. Roasting cacao from Haiti (or elsewhere) is an artful science, and Singing Rooster’s advice is to help get you going in the right direction. Having roasted coffee for years, we know … Read More
Haitian Chocolate Bars are back baby!
Singing Rooster’s Creamy Dark Haitian Chocolate Bar Line 78% Dark, luscious chocolate bars, MANY choices, ONE really important reason: Haiti’s cacao farmers win. (Note: we ship chocolate when the weather cooperates / when it’s cool). Chokola Ayisyen never tasted so good. Farm-to-table Haitian chocolate bars empowers small producers. Eat dark chocolate from Haiti and build better businesses. #singingrooster #fairtrade Peppermint Chocolate In the fall, we offer a seasonal Peppermint Chocolate bar — so popular we know we’ll run out. Toffee Chocolate Bar For the holidays, … Read More
Haiti 11 years later
Haiti’s Earthquake Struck January 2010 Each January 12th, we commemorate the anniversary of Haiti’s earthquake where more than 230,000 people died and a country’s infrastructure was destroyed. Haiti still suffers major challenges: cholera introduced by foreign peacekeepers is still present, tens of thousands still live in tent slums, and over 60% continue to live in extreme poverty. Billions in aid went missing. Today we pause, remember, recommit. Then we get back to work. Haiti: an endless list of tragedy? How does one stay committed in a … Read More