Coffee and Connections: What Our Morning Cup Says About the World


By Julian Ramirez

Date: 1/15/24

Hello Coffee Enthusiasts,

As we enjoy our daily cup of coffee, it's fascinating to think about the journey each bean has taken to reach us. This Martin Luther King Jr. Day, I'm reminded of a profound quote from Dr. King that beautifully captures the essence of our interconnected world:

“We are everlasting debtors to known and unknown men and women. We do not finish breakfast without being dependent on more than half of the world … at the table we drink coffee that is provided for us by a South American, or tea by a Chinese, or cocoa by a West African. Before we leave for our jobs we are beholden to more than half the world.”

-Martin Luther King, Jr.

A Global Journey in Every Cup: Our coffee at Humboldt Bay Coffee Company has a rich backstory. Those beans in your cup might have started their journey in the mountains of South America, the valleys of Africa, or the sprawling estates of Asia. Every sip is a connection to farmers and workers from around the globe, each playing a role in our daily routine.

Embracing Dr. King’s Vision: Dr. King's words remind us how our simple daily habits, like drinking coffee, are small threads in the larger fabric of global interdependence. Choosing ethically sourced coffee becomes not just a preference for quality but a nod to the hard work and lives of those who cultivate it.

Our Commitment to a Connected World: At Humboldt Bay, we're passionate about these connections. We strive for fair trade and responsible sourcing. This ensures that our love for coffee contributes positively to the lives of those who grow it.

Reflecting With Every Sip: This MLK Day, as you enjoy your Humboldt Bay coffee, ponder the journey it has taken and the lives it has touched. Our choices, including the coffee we drink, are part of a larger narrative of community and mutual support.

Conclusion: Remember, your morning coffee is more than just a warm drink. It represents a global network and a simple, yet profound way to live out Dr. King’s vision of a connected and respectful world.