Crimson Cup Launches “10 Cents of Change” Fundraising Drive to Provide Clean Water for Coffee-Growing Families in Siguatepeque, Honduras

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Crimson Cup Coffee and Tea is launching 10 Cents of Change, a drive to fund clean water for Honduran coffee-farming families. Between June 1 and June 30, customers can donate 10 cents toward water filter buckets at Crimson Cup Coffee Houses in Columbus and Tallmadge, Ohio.

Poster describing Crimson Cup's 10 Cents of Change program to fund clean water for Honduran coffee-farming families.
Women and children often must carry heavy water buckets for several kilometers from their homes. We are raising money to purchase water filters and buckets that families can use to purify rainwater. This will produce safe drinking water without the backbreaking labor.

Columbus, Ohio coffee roaster Crimson Cup Coffee & Tea is raising money to bring clean water to families in the remote coffee-growing region of Siguatepeque, Honduras. From June 1 through 30, customers at Crimson Cup Coffee Houses in Columbus and Tallmadge, Ohio can donate 10 cents toward providing water filters, buckets and training to families who lack access to clean water.

“Since we began working with small-plot coffee farmers in Siguatepeque in 2011, we have seen that access to clean drinking water is a serious health issue – especially among families with children,” said Founder and President Greg Ubert. “Most houses lack running water, so families often get their water from polluted rivers and streams that may be infested with microorganisms and parasitic worms.”

Coffee Buyer Dave Eldridge noted that women and children often must carry heavy water buckets for several kilometers from their homes. “We are raising money to purchase water filters and buckets that families can use to purify rainwater,” he said. “This will produce safe drinking water without the backbreaking labor.”

It costs about $25 to purchase and transport a filter bucket to Honduras. Crimson Cup’s partner in Honduras distributes the filter buckets and teaches the families how to use them properly.

“We cover all related administrative costs, so 100 percent of contributions go directly to the purchase and distribution of filters and buckets,” Eldridge said.

From June 1 through 30, customers can contribute to the “10 Cents of Change” fundraiser at Crimson Cup Coffee Houses at 4541 North High Street and 2468 Northwest Boulevard in Columbus and at 116 Tallmadge Circle in Tallmadge.

About Crimson Cup Coffee & Tea

Columbus, Ohio coffee roaster Crimson Cup Coffee & Tea is Roast magazine’s 2016 Macro Roaster of the Year. Since 1991, Crimson Cup has roasted sustainably sourced specialty and craft coffee in small batches, which it sells directly to consumers and as wholesale coffee beans. The company also teaches entrepreneurs to run successful coffee houses through its coffee franchise alternative program, which includes a coffee shop business plan. Crimson Cup coffee is available through a community of more than 350 independent coffee houses, grocers, college and universities, restaurants and food service operations across 36 states, Guam and Bangladesh, as well as the company’s own Crimson Cup Coffee Houses. To learn more, visit crimsoncup.com.

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