When most people think about Haiti they unfortunately think of the devastating earthquake that rocked the island nation and the political and social unrest that seems to have plagued the island throughout its history. Many don’t know that at one time, Haiti was at the forefront of coffee production, before the title was taken by Brazilian coffee producers. Haitain coffee, revered around the globe as some of the best coffee in the world, is currently not represented by any of the consumer brands that coffee drinkers would find at their local market or coffee shop—until now.
A new online retailer and wholesale distributor, who will begin shipping orders next week on Tuesday, April 16th, KafePaNou.com, is hoping to change this with the introduction of Haitian-grown coffees in United States markets. Kafe Pa Nou’s mission is simple, increase demand and awareness for Haitian coffee by featuring blends of Rebo and Selecto coffees. Rebo, a 30-year-old recipe has a bold aroma with deep chocolate tones, light cinnamon, and earthy tones while Selecto has a more delicate aroma and an excellent flavor with chocolate notes. By increasing the demand for Haitian coffee, Kafe Pa Nou hopes to increase national production of coffee in Haiti which will boost their struggling economy all while supporting Haitian farmers and their communities. All coffee sold by Kafe Pa Nou is classified as Direct Trade, meaning that the roaster works directly with the farmer to increase the overall quality and value of the coffee. This model guarantees the social sustainability of the farmer, economic growth of the farm, and encourages environmental sustainability, and community development.
Founded by Fabien Dodard, Jean-René Faustin, and Jean-Sebastien Dodard, Kafe Pa Nou was created when one of the owners was drinking a cup of Haitian coffee, saw the potential of his native coffee, and wanted to have as many people as possible experience the unique taste. “Haitians have an appreciation for high-quality coffee and we want to bring that quality of coffee to people everywhere, no matter their location. Kafe Pa Nou allows people to do this, without having to buy a plane ticket to Haiti. Coffee-lovers are “contributing to a stronger Haitian economy, one cup at time” explains Fabien Dodard, CEO and Co-Founder of Kafe Pa Nou while also allowing the more than one million Haitians living in the United States to drink their native coffee.
For more information about the Haitian coffee blends available from Kafe Pa Nou and to place an order, head to their website.