Because business and giving back aren't mutually exclusive.
Vessel Craft Coffee is a Norfolk, Virginia based social entrepreneurship initiative focused on serving ethically sourced premium coffee. Every quarter, we give back 10% of profits to community projects.
With sustainable sourcing in mind, we choose quality coffees from around the world from farms that pay fair wages, provide humane working conditions, and are working towards green farming methods. Working with these farmers helps to reduce poverty and prevent deforestation.
Recent profits have gone into trackable projects through the The Urban Renewal Center in Norfolk.
Vessel Craft Coffee founder, Sarah Beth Cowherd, is from Norfolk, VA. Her love for specialty coffee sprung up from a small fertile coffee farm in Matagalpa, Nicaragua that she visited many times as a teenager on Medical Missions Trips. Captivated by the complexities of the combination of the bean, moisture levels, and temperature variations that produce the best coffees in the world, she was hooked.
Sarah Beth went on to Nursing School at the University of Virginia, and served much of her young twenties as a nurse domestic and abroad, doing missions work around the world. She was always impressed by the variation in the world's coffee choices and flavors.
Vessel Craft Coffee is a dream to combine the aromatic world of specialty craft coffee from around the world, while at the same time, to bring something of value to the local community in which it exists.