Trading Opium Poppies for Coffee Trees

For impoverished farmers in Myanmar, growing poppies for heroin is about 17 times more lucrative than growing rice.   But to do it comes at a high cost.   Many farmers are forced to compromise the safety of their village and the wellbeing of their families by growing poppies for the drug trade.    Growing opium and addiction to opium go hand in hand. The added stress of addiction has caused decades of generational trauma, mental and physical abuse, and unpredictable violence.   But three years ago, Lighthouse Coffee offered some farmers a fair and living wage to grow specialty coffee instead....

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Value Your Mom Understands

Your mom cares about ethics and fairness.

We go beyond "fair" with our direct trade model. We pay above market value for the harvest, eliminate the middle people, and put money directly into the hands of the farmers.

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One Coffee Farmer's Story of Hope

Most people who drink coffee don’t understand the struggle that many coffee farmers face. Here in Myanmar, there are too many stories of exploitation, tragedy, and waste. But I want to tell you a story of hope and triumph.
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Coffee is a Comin'

We have some exciting news to share.

On Sept 7, the same day Myanmar declared a state of civil war, Isaiah and his coffee production team got this year’s harvest of green coffee onto a ship heading for Vancouver.

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The Bridge That Coffee Built

The problem was access.

The villagers who lived on the mountain could only access the closest town, and the closest hospital, by travelling through the rice fields at the bottom of the mountain. The existing road was made of dirt and was best negotiated by two-wheelers, which made it difficult to transport anything, whether people, produce or supplies.

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