If you love coffee and sharing it with others, we have a place for you! In order to continue pursuing excellence in all that we do, Hani Coffee is offering a 6-12 month internship to someone who is interested in gaining marketing/design experience. The company would provide housing and a small stipend as well as numerous opportunities to put marketing and design skills to practice in a way that makes a lasting difference. If you are interested, send us a message for more details.
Here at Hani Coffee, we kicked off the new year by learning more about how we can impact the community around us. Several people involved with the company attended a two-day training over assessing local needs and partnering with those around us to make an impact. There are always numerous opportunities to give back to our community; however, there are not always adequate time or resources to meet every need. The skills for assessment and general knowledge of health and nutrition gained at this training will help us join with local partners to determine which needs are most significant and in which areas our efforts will make the greatest influence. We look forward to including YOU, Hani Coffee’s friends and supporters, as we move forward in pursuing changed lives.
In November, Hani Coffee took another step towards furthering coffee education and seeing lives impacted. Tim Heinze, Joshua Jagelman, long-time supporter of Hani Coffee Co., and Mr. Hu, one of our local growers, attended a class instructed by Mario Fernandez, Technical Director for the Coffee Quality Institute, who has 22 years of experience in coffee and is one of the world’s top minds in Natural Processed Coffee. The class, a CQI In-Depth Processing Workshop, was focused on experimenting with new processing methods, learning the basics of fermentation, and studying how to enhance coffee flavors through processing. The group also partnered with a coffee farm south of Pu’er for a hands-on time of learning. Additionally, class attendees took a look at buying and selling strategies for green bean coffee and earned an SCAA Green Bean Buyer Certification. It was an incredible opportunity both for Tim and Mr. Hu to pick the brain of an international coffee expert like Fernandez. Furthermore, the knowledge gained in this class, when shared with local farmers, enables them to continue improving their product, thus receiving higher premiums for it. Higher premiums result in higher incomes for the hard-working men and women who grow quality coffee beans, affording them the opportunity for more advanced education, medical care, and other advantages that impact their lives positively. This way, we hope not only to make Hani Coffee increasingly better, we also desire to see changed lives across Yunnan.
Special thanks to Torch Coffee Lab in Pu’er and Yunnan Coffee Exchange for hosting the class!
In August, Hani Coffee had the honor of being featured in 4 local news outlets for the first time ever! An article in Pu’er’s newspaper and 3 online postings featured Tim Heinze sharing about Hani Coffee’s desire to impact local farmers as well as his personal journey with the company and his thoughts on the coffee industry. Not only was this a special first-time experience for us, it allowed us to share with the community not only how we are making efforts to improve coffee quality but that we believe life is about more than just making money, rather it is about the way we love others and impact the lives of people around us.
Happy International Coffee Day!! For Hani Coffee Co., today represents the harmony that everyone from farmer to consumer can share. As an industry that employs more people globally than any industry out there, coffee brings together farmers nestled way up in the mountains and consumers as they fill their cup each morning. Though these people are worlds apart and their lives might look different, the common thread is coffee! Everyone— farmers, processors, millers, roasters, cafe workers and more—line up along the supply chain from seed to cup, each person seeking to represent well and honor the hard work of the person in the step previous to them. It’s a beautiful picture!
We are excited about International Coffee Day as it celebrates our farmers who work ever so hard to produce some of the best coffee in the area. It celebrates the cafe and wholesale partners we work with who are making a difference with each bag they sell. It also celebrates the customer who, each time they brew up a fresh cup of Hani Coffee, are sharing an experience with people all over the world. For us, International Coffee Day brings people, cultures, and communities together and creates unity that we ought to celebrate every day of the year.
For several decades now, coffee here in Yunnan has grown to be one of the major industries, especially in the Pu’er region. Nearly 50% of the farm land in this area is designated for coffee growing, and Pu’er accounts for almost 1% of the world’s total coffee production. Though this is small, it’s incredible to think how such a small area contributes in such a big way to global production. The government and farmers have plans to continue expanding this, and we believe we are heading into times of substantial growth. As this development continues, Hani Coffee Co wants to find more and more ways to invest into communities and impact lives every day of the year. The more we are able to work with farmers and have access to farming regions, the more we are able to partner with them and meet other needs they may have. It’s an honor and a privilege to work alongside them and see them succeed.
Today, take an extra moment and say thanks to your local barista for working hard to serve you an excellent cup of coffee. Thank your roaster who works to bring all the perfect notes of flavor out of the bean. And if you can, thank a farmer for harvesting, processing, and producing a great quality product.
If you want to learn more how you can get involved with making a difference here, drop us and email and let us know. We’d love to hear from you!
Here at Hani Coffee Co., we believe that by using only the highest-quality products and fostering a culture of passion for coffee among our customers and staff, we can achieve so much more than just a great cup of coffee. This month, our company is maintaining these values by continuing to learn and grow.
Tim Heinze recently attended a two and a half week coffee training in Pu’er, put on by Greenhouse Coffee Lab in association with the Specialty Coffee Association of America. The SCAA is one of the leading entities in the world that provides specialized training and certifications within the coffee industry. Andrea Allen and Esther Shaw, SCAA certified instructors, came from the States to teach about a variety of complex topics ranging from roasting to barista. Esther previously ran the quality control lab for Intelligentsia Coffee and now has her own company training, sourcing green bean, and roasting coffee. Andrea is an internationally-renown barista and leader of Onyx Coffee. She was recently featured on the cover of Barista Magazine and brings incredible experience behind the bar and running a cafe. During the training, Tim earned Roaster Level 1 and 2, Coffee Taster’s Level 1 and 2, Golden Cup Technician, Lead Instructor, and Barista Level 1 certifications. These classes and certifications benefit the Hani Coffee crew through providing knowledge that we can share to enhance what our partners are doing in their cafes as well as a set of tools to enrich the excellent product we offer. By learning from experts in the field how to deliver exceptional products and customer experience, we can continue to flourish as a company and expand our presence in the international market.
One example is this year’s shipment of unroasted, green beans that arrived in Australia the last week of August. At just over 42,000 pounds, this export is the largest our company has ever done. Our partner, Saxon Wright, is the main buyer of this lot, but he has also decided to serve as a warehouse for all of the Yunnan Coffee sales into Australia. Saxon has been involved in the coffee industry for over 15 years and is the founder and owner of Pablo & Rusty’s Specialty Coffee. He has been a head judge in the National, World, and Australian Barista Championships; his expertise and partnership are invaluable to our company. With the support of other partners like Saxon, we can continue to see a major expansion of Yunnan Coffee into new regions around the world. As more people come into contact with these beans, they hear the story of the farmers we work with and the investment we are making into their lives. This is how coffee stretches beyond the mug in your hand. More knowledge. Better coffee. Changed lives.
In April, Hani Coffee Co had a team of medical professionals and long-time supporters from America come to work alongside our coffee communities in an effort to meet local needs.
Since this area has limited access to medical care, a pediatrician did wellness checkups for about 50 young children. After their checkups, the children were able to learn about basic health and hygiene practices in a fun, interactive way from local, trained health workers. Over the last year our team has begun a great friendship with a government official in this region. When we told her we were bringing a team of medical professionals, she requested that they see two patients from the area who had been diagnosed with serious medical conditions: one a young girl with a painful skin disease and the other a baby with two heart murmurs. The pediatrician and our local team on the ground were able to develop a thorough treatment plan for the young girl’s skin, who has since seen some improvement. He was also able to check the baby’s progress and offer a treatment plan. He was encouraged not only by the health of the baby in spite of this condition, but also by the love, care, and concern the parents expressed. Our team continues to follow up with this young family, and the baby is doing great!
In addition to limited healthcare, this area has insufficient water for both personal consumption and agricultural use. During coffee processing season, water is overflowing from the village wells; however, when the dry season comes, personal water supply begins to dwindle. Hani Coffee Co was excited to be able to provide funds for and begin construction on two water holding tanks in the village.
We desire to continue meeting needs like these as we seek to communicate our concern for the lives and well-being of locals. It is always a pleasure to live life with and hear the stories of those working to harvest the coffee we serve. To place names, faces, and lives behind each cup of coffee is a delight.
Hello customers, friends, and supporters,
We are excited to introduce you to the new look of Hani Coffee Co! In an effort to enhance the customer experience, we have created a modern, crisp new design for our coffee bags that provides basic information about the origin and roast of the coffee you are choosing. During the process of trademarking our logo, we made the transition to a new Chinese name, 哈美尼 (HaMeiNi). Not only is it a combination of the Chinese word for America and the people group we have been working alongside, it is a play on the word “harmony”. It represents what the company is all about. In harmony, we see the union of great coffee and changed lives as the company continues to serve people in this area. We also bring producer and consumer together over a harmonious cup of coffee!
Although things may look different on the outside, nothing has changed within our company or the coffee itself. The same passions of delicious coffee and impacted communities that started this journey continue to drive us. We are excited about rolling this out in the U.S. in the coming months, but you can begin seeing our new packaging in China immediately.
As Hani Coffee Co continues to expand, we want to include you! For this reason, we will be using social media to share coffee news and stories about lives impacted here in China. Follow us on Instagram and Facebook, subscribe to our WeChat Official Account, or check the website for blog updates.
Thank you to those who have continued to support us along this journey! We are excited about the future and count it a joy share it with you. We. love. coffee…from the farm to the cup!
We here at Hani Coffee Co. are always looking for ways to share our passion of coffee with others. We are excited to announce an upcoming opportunity that will be fun for all coffee lovers. We will be hosting a coffee tasting event on November 22 from 7-9PM. The cost is only 50RMB per person! We have the pleasure of having Saxon Wright, a World Barista Champion Judge, guide us on our journey around the world of coffee. Please mark your calendar and join us on November 22 from 7-9PM at 18ME Café (click here for directions). Let us know if you are planning to attend by dropping us an email. Thanks! Read the rest of this entry »
We are always thankful to have folks from America, and nothing seems to generate excitement more than a visit from American friends to the campus in YJ. Six students from Texas came to be a part of a week-long cultural exchange and as to be expected were local celebrities during their stay. Each student was paired with a Chinese partner and spent their days seeing what life was like for their new friend. They ate with their partner, went to class with their partner, played basketball, and shared about their lives during English classes. These partnerships have significant impact on both the Chinese and the American students, and we always love the excitement and eagerness to study English that these exchange trips bring.