The Coffee and the Cup

El Porvenir’s fair and direct trade, organic, shade-grown and bird-friendly certified arabica coffee beans are hand picked, patio sun dried, and carefully selected by the farmers. The green beans are roasted to order for BNH by 19 Coffee Co., a specialty micro-roaster in Washington, PA. We honor the El Porvenir farmers’ request to never blend their coffee with beans from other farms—it is always single-origin and delicious!  The cup has a smooth and creamy body, bright acidity, with chocolate, tropical fruit, and earthy notes.

The Coffee Project strives to surpass Fair Trade minimum standards by

Sustaining a long-term relationship—through harvests, large and small—with a small coffee cooperative.
Annually negotiating a price informed by, but not beholden to, so-called “market prices.” We consistently pay significantly above Fair Trade minimums.
Making pre-payments: We pay 75 percent of the purchase price prior to delivery.
Supporting community development via grants for secondary education, university scholarships, and emergency needs.

Our Fans Agree

“We love good coffee at Global Links, and good coffee that supports the lives of the people and community that grows it and picks it fits in perfectly with our values. Building New Hope also makes it easy for us to stay appropriately caffeinated with their easy delivery. I highly recommend their coffee and their service.”

– Kathleen Hower, CEO and Co-founder, Global Links

Building New Hope has purchased more than 150,000 pounds of organic coffee from the El Porvenir organic coffee cooperative in Nicaragua since 2002

The Impact:

  • El Porvenir farmers have replanted dozens of hectares of organic shade-grown coffee
  • The community has built and staffed a primary school
  • The community has sent their first generation of students on to high school and university
  • The community has preserved 2000 acres of native tropical dryland forest, providing critical habitat for migrating birds and other species as well as keeping the watershed and land clean from pesticides and herbicides
  • Most importantly, the farmers have been able to keep their worker-owned cooperative and their future intact

And meanwhile, Pittsburgh-area schools and church groups have raised funds through our coffee fundraisers for a wide-range of educational and community-building projects.


“We have made close to $20,000 in profits, half of which has stayed in our community helping local families to have food on their tables for the holidays. The other half has provided donations to BNH, The Nationality Rooms at the University of Pittsburgh, The American Cancer Society, The Functional Literacy Ministry of Haiti, Two High School scholarships to students in Nicaragua and a new computer to a rural school in Costa Rica delivered by our students. Over the years this experience has taught my students the value of serving others, the difficulty of living what we consider a normal daily life, and what fair trade means to the people who actually receive the fair trade price. Thank you Building New Hope!”

– Jeff Poole, Middle School Spanish Teacher, Franklin Regional, Murrysville, PA

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