We had the good fortune of connecting with Jared Wright and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jared, is your business focused on helping the community? If so, how?
When the Lord gave me the vision for the business I saw hands praying over coffee beans and the beans providing healing for the nations. Fast forward three years and here we are. We are currently blessing smallholder coffee farmers in over 10 different countries through direct trade. Basically circumventing the commodities market and paying the farmers upwards of four times what they would make on the open market. We also partner every month with non profit organizations that impact and help our local community like Teen Challenge and Children’s Miracle Network. 5% of our net profit for the month goes to assist and help with these community efforts. On top of all of this we are able to highlight the amazing job and hard work of these farmers by producing specialty grade coffee that is also organic and additive free for our customers to enjoy.
What should our readers know about your business?
We are a specialty coffee roasting company and cafe focused on direct trade and community impact. Our aim in doing business is to provide a place for healing and transformation to take place for our community and also to aid in the reallocation of resources in the coffee industry. We believe more income should stay in farming communities and that business should support its local community as well. It hasn’t been easy. We didn’t know much about coffee when we started, except that we loved to drink it. We had to learn everything from the bottom up but we found ourselves blessed time and time again in doing so. It taught us a deep appreciation for community. It was only a few months after we finally opened our doors that a pandemic hit. We’ve been blessed to have community support along the way which really has been the key to overcoming everything that’s come our way.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Oh man Tucson is full of some amazing gems. If I just had one day I’d do a downtown tour, start with Cup Cafe at Hotel Congress for breakfast and some historical Tucson initiation. I’d do a drive through Barrio Viejo, stop at some antique stores, then hit up the Hub for lobster pot pie for lunch. I wouldn’t mind getting a hike or mountain bike trail in, I love the 50 year trail personally. For dinner I’d make it over to the Parish for a po’ boy. A seriously amazing hidden gem is Ciello’s over at Lodge on the Desert. That’s one of my secret getaways.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
There are so many people along the way that have assisted with wise advice and guidance but I must give glory and all credit to God. This vision was given and inspired by Him. There are countless testimonies of how the Lord directed this journey and how He has continued to be faithful even in the midst of the storms. We wouldn’t be where we are or have the creativity that is Blessed Grounds if it wasn’t for divine inspiration.
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