ROAST MAGAZINE'S SMALL BUSINESS GRANT
Roast is pleased to announce that Catracha Coffee has been awarded its 2022 Small Business Grant for $5,000 after applying for the program earlier this year. The grant application was open to any roastery, cafe or other coffee-related business in operation for at least two years, with 100 employees or less. A written submission form and 5-minute video were required to apply, detailing how the grant would be used to make an impact in the coffee industry or local community.
Catracha Coffee (catrachacoffee.com), established in 2010, is an exporting company based in Marcala, La Paz, Honduras. This grant was awarded for the purpose of building a cafe space in the coffee-farming community of Santa Elena. The company currently has a production roaster in Santa Elena that serves to roast coffee for producers in the area, contributing to an increase in local coffee consumption and supporting producers who sell their coffee in the community. The cafe will offer career development for local baristas, and further the growth of specialty coffee awareness and education in the region.
Read more about Catracha Coffee and the Roast Magazine Small Business Grant program below.
Connect Roasters, based in Bourbonnais, Illinois, was founded by Caleb Benoit in 2016. The company is built on a give-back model, with a portion of sales donated to support community development in the coffee-producing countries where it sources its coffee, as well as efforts in the local community. To learn more about Connect Roasters, visit connectroasters.com.
Happy Cup Coffee Roasting, based in Portland, Oregon, was established in 2011. Led by owners Michael Sherman and Frank McLaughlin, Happy Cup proudly employs people with intellectual and developmental disabilities from the local community as a central component of its mission. Together with supported-employment partners, Happy Cup fills positions at both the roastery and its cafes at fair market wages. To learn more about Happy Cup Coffee Roasting, visit happycup.com.
Roast awards a $5,000 grant to a small business in the coffee industry making an impact through business. The grant is for any small business with 100 employees or less with at least two years in the coffee industry (roastery, cafe or other coffee-related business) driven to make an impact through their business. This can be by creating opportunities for employees, giving back to the local community, innovating with technology, committing to equity and diversity in the coffee industry, developing sustainable practices or something completely brand new.
Check back here for more details on next year's grant.
For more information, please contact Claire Harriman at firstname.lastname@example.org or 503.282.2399.