Meet Kaitryn – Haitian coffee home roaster

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Meet Kaitryn Olson, Singing Rooster’s new summer publicity intern and burgeoning home roaster. Kaitryn is studying economics and mathematics at the University of Wisconsin. Kaitryn met Molly (head rooster) at a spring UW symposium and wanted more! We’re thrilled to have her as part of the team. She’s smart, curious, and understands the world belongs to everybody. On her first week at Singing Rooster, she began learning about home roasting and brewing Haitian coffee; here’s her personal account of a week at Singing Rooster. I … Read More

Journey of a Haitian Coffee Bean

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Why do you travel? Maybe it’s to try new foods, maybe it’s to meet new people. Maybe you travel to help others who seem to have less than you or maybe you want to run to new and distant lands (definitely me, all the time). Maybe it’s because you can. Whatever your reasons, it’s time you traveled Haiti.   Not only is Haiti beautiful, friendly, and has perfect temperatures, it has that sense of home you’re not going to find in other places. The culture of … Read More

Meet Justin, Singing Rooster’s favorite Veteran

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Singing Rooster is re-branding November 11th as “Hug your favorite Veteran Day.”  We’re wrapping our arms around Justin Dena — our new Director of Development and our favorite Veteran.  He’s building markets and leading our visits to Haiti.  Interested in touring coffee fields in rural Haiti? We’d love to have you come along. For those of you who know us (truly know us), you know Singing Rooster has been working in Haiti for almost a decade and that we are really, really small.  We’ve needed … Read More

Job Creation in Haiti? Invest in Agriculture (coffee)

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Building Sustainable Business Opportunities in Haiti (Why Coffee Matters) Singing Rooster has been investing in small producers in Haiti for almost a decade. We launched operations with Haitian coffee farmers in 2009 and became 501c3 nonprofit in 2010. We’ve increased yields, planted hundreds of thousands of new coffee trees (and shade tree canopies), renovated hundreds of farms, and improved processing techniques. Coffee was a once significant crop and can be a major factor in Haiti’s path to self-sustainability (job creation, dignity). You with us? IF … Read More

Why is Haiti so Poor?

Why is Haiti so poor?

No better tribute to Martin Luther King … Why is Haiti so Poor? 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. Another long-time supporter of the Rooster, Dr. Alyssa Goldstein Sepinwall, has published a more comprehensive book on Haiti: Haitian History: New Perspectives — an excellent compilation of articles. Plus, it … Read More

You’re Invited: Grand Opening, Coffee Roastery, January 27, 2018 Haiti

Grand Opening Coffee Roastery, Haiti

We’ve built in-roads to markets for Haiti’s small producer farmers for years.  Recently, we’ve upped the ante by creating a new coffee roasting operation in Haiti. When farmers reap benefits from crops transformed into higher value items, they prosper; we share proceeds to build better businesses like investing in water-saving pulping machines experimenting in drying techniques (no water is even better!) regenerating old fields with new trees (coffee farmers in Central America produce 66% MORE than Haiti’s coffee fields) Join us Saturday, January 27th, 2018 Open … Read More

Today We Give Thanks at #haitiancoffee

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Dateline:  Thanksgiving, 2017.  Life gets busy.  We forget to acknowledge small things like clean water, tasty food, warm (safe) housing.  Take the next 30 seconds to recognize the abundance in your life (close your eyes, whisper thanks to the universe).  This is what we’re whispering today:  We’re grateful for lifetime friendships made across these 9 years. We’re thrilled about the new coffee roasting operation in Croix des Bouquets and seedling nursery in Beaumont (YOU helped to raise $10,000 after hurricane Matthew). Thank you Jesus for … Read More

#haitiancoffee salutes bean sorters of Thiotte

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#haitiancoffee salutes the bean sorters of Thiotte this Mother’s Day Haiti has 32,000 children who  languish unnecessarily in over 750 orphanages. At least 80% of these kids have one or two living parents who want them, but have no access to health, education or social services.  More importantly, even if those services did exist, parents couldn’t afford them as stable employment is rare. Gross National Income per capita  is $1730. The average for Caribbean/Latin Americans is $14,098 (World Bank 2014) 59% of the population lives on less than $2 … Read More

Haiti’s Earthquake, 7 years later

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Haiti’s Earthquake, 7 years Later: 2017 Send an email, text or call your favorite Haitian today with 4 simple words:  I remember with you. Each January 12th we pause, remember, recommit.  Seven years ago today, the earth shook violently, 230,000 people died, and a country already stretched to the limits was tossed into chaos.  Thousands are still living in dismal conditions. Then comes Hurricane Matthew in October.  Rebuilding the peninsula will take LONGER than the earthquake.  Entire cities washed off the map. Haiti seems a … Read More