(Now hosted and operated by our partners at Fidalgo Coffee)
After release from prison, millions of men and women remain in an underground social class in our communities--where criminal records block access to jobs, housing, licenses, education, and a new life.
So folks go to back to the street economy. And prison.
We are helping interrupt that cycle--with artisan coffee roasting.
Cofounded by jail chaplains in the Northwest's Skagit Valley with a former meth-cook-turned-small-batch-coffee-roaster, Underground Coffee creates gateway employment for men and women exiting the legal system.
We believe there are "transferable skills" from the streets. Now employees roast, weigh, bag, and deliver a different product--fresh, single-origin, boutique-roast coffee--to homes, churches, and businesses across the country.
Also: proceeds are funding a new generation of outreach workers at Tierra Nueva: "Emerging Leaders" with tattoos, records, and resurrected lives.
America's original "underground railroad" was an informal network of homes, communities, and businesses who linked together with released captives. Coffee helps link us together.
We want to transform coffee roasting, the lives of those emerging from prison, and even our conversations about justice and redemption today.
Over a cup of coffee.