"We invite people into a comfortable experience that's also a new experience. Coffee is an approachable thing. But maybe it's just different enough that it draws you into something new, something special, something unique."
At Love Nomads, 100% of our profits benefit community development projects around the globe with a special focus on Africa. Our beans are roasted on low-tech equipment in small batches and served up ultra-fresh within days of roasting.
There's nothing like the flavor and aroma of fresh-roasted coffee. In the first couple weeks after roasting, the unique beauty and character of each bean stands out in the cup with intoxicating allure and complexity. Like fresh bread piping hot out of the oven, fresh coffee is imbued with a clarity and vibrancy unparalleled by anything you'll find on a grocery store shelf. The difference is truly striking! That's why we:
*Carefully curate our selection from the world's finest Arabica lots.
*Hand roast each coffee on our small batch drum roaster to draw out its natural flavor characteristics, being careful to never over-roast.
*Lovingly package each bag of coffee to seal in freshness.
*Guarantee delivery within 2 weeks of roasting so that you can enjoy our coffees at the peak of their flavor.
Good coffee was hard to come by on a grad school budget. And we drank boatloads. One day a roasting company showed up on campus and started passing out free cups of coffee. The difference was hard to put my finger on. It was smooth, sweet, fresh, with a rounded feel and nice bright taste in my mouth. It was like eating grandpa's oatmeal bread hot out of the oven after years of store-bought white bread. It was just... better.
So I began to roast. Oven, stovetop, air popper. Those early roasts were unpredictable and uneven; grassy green one minute, and ashy black the next. But sometimes, I hit the sweet spot, and then it was coffee nirvana.
Years later, I'm still roasting low-tech, though now it's in a hand-made drum turning over 82,000 BTU's of propane heat. The results are more consistent and refined than they once were. But coffee as they say, is a "bottomless subject". And though we are in love with our coffee, we are always learning, modifying, and having our minds blown in pursuit of that perfect cup.
The Fulani are the world’s largest nomadic people group and the inspiration behind Love Nomads. 400 years ago, they brought Islam to West Africa through commerce and cattle migration. Today, they are hated, feared, and marginalized. Most Fulani live isolated in the remote African bush with limited access to healthcare or education.
Our friend Jonah is reaching out the the Fulani with striking humility and relational depth. This has won him acceptance as an “honorary Fulani.” His message is simple: “God loves the Fulani as Fulani.” But Jonah knows it’s not enough just to say it. He intends to show it. In the last year, he has hosted 3 large Fulani gatherings to talk about their deepest felt needs: education and healthcare.
Jonah often travels by bus and bicycle to where the Fulani live, hoping to build deeper friendships and to show God’s love in practical ways. But most of the Fulani are out of Jonah’s reach in remote cattle camps. Though he’s been invited to share his message with many remote Fulani communities, he simply can’t get there, because the only vehicle that can traverse the miles of backcountry foot- paths is a motorcycle.
So in December 2014, Love Nomads Coffee raised enough money through coffee sales and donations to buy Jonah a motorcycle so that he can reach the dispersed Fulani tribe with his message. Whether its motorcycles in Ghana, discipleship training in Ethiopia, or loving a neighbor with free coffee, Love Nomads is committed to making a global impact through simple gestures of genuine love.