Moms in Haiti need jobs. They want clean water, food security, access to schools and medicine. The coffee industry in Haiti employs thousands. Women working in coffee is significant: picking coffee cherries, sorting / processing coffee, and everything in between. We even know a handful of women farmers. We’ve known the coffee bean sorters of Thiotte for years. They’re a lively group of women who are thankful for employment. We salute them each year on this Day for Mothers:
Haiti’s Coffee Mecca – Thiotte
Thiotte (pronounced “choate” by Haitians) is Haiti’s coffee Mecca. It’s situated in a range of high elevation mountains in the south east — close to the Dominican Republic border. There is a small town here (where the beer is cold), but it’s more of an area vs. city. About 40,000 people call this place home. Coffee has a thriving industry here – farmers, pickers, processors, sorters, drivers. It’s one place in Haiti that has been successful at industrialized agriculture — and by industrialized, we don’t mean tractors, conveyer belts & big plantations. It’s the opposite across Haiti where plots of land are small, crops number in the dozens (not thousands), and EVERYTHING is done by hand: clearing fields, planting trees, maintaining crops, picking / sorting cherries.
In normal times, #Singingrooster offers a tourist coffee expedition to Thiotte. We showcase farms, the town, and even the place where the bean sorters work (it’s seasonal – so they’re not always sorting beans).
Visit Haiti / Thiotte with Singing Rooster
Want to join us for a trip to Haiti’s coffee lands? Read more about our trip to a Haitian coffee area/town details here. Then shoot us an email and tell us you want to be notified of our next trip: I want to know more about your next trip to the coffee lands – only 8 seats per trip