Coffee… Java… Mocha… Cuppa Joe… Latte… Cappuccino… Espresso… anyway you brew it, I love it!
Can’t help but treat myself to more than one cup a day. It’s funny, because I never was a coffee drinker in the past. But even then, as a non-consumer, I delighted in the smell of those richly roasted beans.
Now, there is something good, even vital, about starting the day with a favorite mug full of this steamy liquid. And often, I will admit, afternoons are highlighted by an extra cup. Occasionally, The Hubs and I might indulge in a dessert coffee, powdering our brew with dark cocoa, spooning in a bit of whipped cream, and garnishing peaks with dark chocolate chips.
I recently won a bag of some of my favorite coffee in the whole world! I was so excited to hear that I not only would receive a bag of beans, but was also selected to have a large burlap bag bearing their label.
I am talking about Nicaraguan coffee, specifically, CALLING NATIONS COFFEE!!!
When we heard from our young friend, Pastor Joe, that we had won, we ordered a couple of extra bags so we would be able to share it with our friends and not run out too soon.
What a treat when we opened our box and the aroma of that first sample hit our noses!!!
It took me back to my first visit to the country of Nicaragua in the fall of 2013.
A small group of ladies from my home church began planning a trip to teach at a Women’s Bible Study Retreat and asked me to fly back to Arkansas and join them on this adventure. What an unforgettable privilege to be a part of that journey!!!
We started each of our days in Nicaragua with special moments of fellowship over cups of this warm, sweet brew. It was a joy to sit with dear ones and drink it in and talk of the precious people we met and came to love there.
Pastor Joe has joined with Cafe’ Diego in Matagalpa, Nicaragua to be a part of CALLING NATIONS COFFEE to bring this fine arabica coffee to the US and benefit the people of Nicaragua and Central America.
Through the efforts of coffee grower, Diego Chavarria and his farmers, profits from this coffee has planted over 30 churches in the northern mountains of Nicaragua, as well as helped in ministering to the needs of pastors, missionaries, and the people of this area.
Most recently, CALLING NATIONS MINISTRIES has added STRONG TOWER COFFEE to their product line. This direct trade coffee benefits the STRONG TOWER CHILDREN’S HOME in El Salvador. The proceeds from these sales help the children and ministries there to be self supported.
Both CALLING NATIONS COFFEE and STRONG TOWER COFFEE are brought to the states, roasted fresh, and distributed from Texas to their customers.
I urge you to read their stories, peruse the websites, and support the efforts of the hardworking coffee producers, missionaries, pastors, and children’s home staff members as they reach out to the needy of the nations.
And I guarantee you will enjoy your coffee even more!
Visit them and learn their stories, meet Diego, and fall in love with the special people and their land, and of course, order the delicious coffee here:
(*as a note, I filled my suitcase with bags of this delicious coffee on my visit there. I did receive a bag of beans as a gift in a drawing, along with the bag last month, but I wanted to write this and lend my support to Joe and other missionary friends and the people of Nicaragua).