A few Sundays ago our church was serving (and selling) coffee from Intent Coffee Roasting, a local Portland company. Not only is it good coffee, but it’s a company worth supporting. You see, Intent gives at least 30% of the profits back to the communities where the coffee is grown—places like Uganda and Nicaragua. Owner and roaster Mark Johnson believes in developing relationships with the coffee growers and making a difference in their communities. Imagine what the world would look like if more businesses did this!
When asked what he’d like to share about his coffee, Mark replied, “Fresh-roasted coffee is unlike any coffee you have had. There are flavors in coffee that evaporate within days of being roasted! We roast coffee to express its origin flavors, so it tends to be lighter roasted (than Starbuck’s, Peet’s, etc.) but brings out flavors naturally present. Coffee is a huge commodity and we believe that this a great way to make sure that farmers and their communities benefit from this precious product. You can follow us on Twitter and Instagram @intentroasting and like our Facebook page to stay up-to-date.”
Forward Edge International (FEI), a Christian relief and missions organization, has been a big supporter of Intent Coffee Roasting. The Intent website even features a quote from Joe Anfuso, Founder and President of FEI, stating, “The coffee is first rate, and their commitment to serving the poor exceptional.” That is high praise indeed!
Intent has four coffees to choose from: Nicaragua Rio Coco (full-bodied, medium dark roast, organic shade-grown certified), Uganda Kabum (full-bodied, medium roast, smooth & well-rounded), Sumatra Manhelding (full-bodied, herbaceous, hint of berries), and Affinity Blend (their darkest roast, smooth finish, earthy notes, hints of dried fruit & dark chocolate). You can purchase it at the Lloyd Farmer’s Market on Tuesdays from 10am-2pm (NE 7th and Holladay St. by Lloyd Center, Portland), or at IntentRoasting.com.
With my big red mug filled to the brim with Intent Coffee Roasting coffee, I get my caffeine fix while supporting a local company with a great purpose. I like to think of it as multi-tasking!