Friends of The Lucy Foundation

able Coffee Collaborative

Each coffee has a unique story to tell. From the coffee origin, to how it was grown, who are the people that care for it and how choosing the right coffees, roasters and coffee lovers can support the coffee growing communities and families.

At .able Coffee Collaborative, they want to create a true connection from the seed to your cup, by using coffees that are fair trade, that benefit the growing communities achieving inclusion, education and have a positive social impact.



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Coffee Educators Ltd.

The philosophy of Coffee Educators is to drive passion, to ensure quality coffee training and cafe experiences for all. They aim to teach employable skills through direct access to wider industry and provide practical on the job training in fully functioning cafes.



John Burton Ltd

John Burton Ltd imports high quality green coffee beans, sourced from more than 20 countries around the world, and distributes them to New Zealand coffee roasters. The company also imports and sells bulk tea and tea bags from Sri Lanka and Papua New Guinea. 




LUSH Fresh Handmade Cosmetics is an international, fresh and handmade cosmetics company with over 900 shops spanning the UK, Japan, North America, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Europe and Russia.

The Lucy Foundation is proud to be a partner of the LUSH Charity Pot campaign in Mexico (2016) and New Zealand (2018).



Direct Impact Group

The Direct Impact Group is an international coaching and consulting firm. They work with organisations that engage in the development of civil society to deliver the results they seek through civil society experience. They support the formulation and execution of their client’s strategy and develop the organisation’s accountability towards beneficiaries, donors, governments and the public. Darren Ward from the Direct Impact Group has been working with The Lucy Foundation as a mentor and business advisor since 2014. His experience in social enterprise, business, humanitarian work and community development has been invaluable to the Foundation.



All Is For All, All Agency, and its adjoining platforms form a global movement toward accessibility in mainstream fashion. Allisforall currently works with New Zealand brands to create a fashion experience without barriers.




Downlights is a NZ owned & operated fragranced soy candle company that manufactures luxury candles. Our candles are hand poured & the entire manufacturing process supports the development of workplace skills for people with Downs syndrome & disabilities.



University of Otago Auckland Centre

Located in Queen Street central Auckland, the University of Otago Auckland Centre operates as the vital hub for the University of Otago’s northern presence.

The Lucy Foundation office is proudly housed at the University of Otago Auckland Centre.

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3 weeks ago

The Lucy Foundation

All hands on deck to get clean water out to our TLF families and wider community after water pipes were damaged from the earthquake on the 24th of June. Thankfully everyone in Pluma is safe and accounted for, but there has been major damage to homes and shops throughout the community.

As Covid-19 has already put huge financial hardship on the community, rebuilding is not going to be easy, but as small towns do, they are already planning and pulling together to get everyone back on their feet.

We are working on a plan to help raise money for the community. Thank you for all the ongoing support, we will keep you all posted on how you can help.

Como consecuencia del terremoto del 24 de Junio, el suministro de agua para el pueblo de Pluma Hidalgo quedo destruido. Hoy todos se encuentran trabajando juntos para devolver el agua potable a toda la comunidad y a nuestra TLF familia.

Por suerte todos en la comunidad se encuentran a salvo, a excepción de unos pocos heridos pero lamentablemente el terremoto provocó muchos daños a casas y negocios del pueblo.

Con el terremoto Pluma suma otro problema a la difícil situación económica y a la batalla que esta dando con la pandemia del Coronovirus-19. Reconstruir la comunidad no va a ser tarea fácil pero en el pueblo de Pluma todos están trabajando en conjunto para reconstruir los daños.

Desde la Fundación de Lucy estamos trabajando en un plan para poder enviar dinero a manera de ayuda. Muchas gracias a todos y todas por el apoyo, los mantendremos al tanto para poder colaborar con la reconstrucción de Pluma Hidalgo.

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3 weeks ago

The Lucy Foundation

This morning we are thinking of all our friends and whānau living in Pluma Hidalgo, Huatulco, and Oaxaca, Mexico. Not only are they experiencing limited supplies and heavy restrictions due to Covid-19 (Coronavirus), but now they have been hit by a magnitude 7.5 earthquake.

This natural event is devastating and we are sad to hear of the deaths and damage.

We are slowly making contact with the families and disabled people we partner with. A few have made contact and say they are safe, but scared.

We will continue to keep you updated as we hear more from our team in Mexico.

#PlumaHidalgo #thelucyfoundation #huatulcocrucecita #earthquake #Temblor #disabilityrights #UNCRPD #Article11 #plumacoffee
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4 weeks ago

The Lucy Foundation

The best coffee of all, really is coffee FOR ALL! Thank you for your help e hoa! These coffee beans will be on their way to Aotearoa New Zealand in the coming months. In the mean time, you can order your inclusive Pluma single origin or Lucy blend through our website:

#thebestcoffeeofalliscoffeeforall #plumacoffee #inclusivecoffee #fridaycuteness #coffeekids #disabilityemployment #disabilityrights #zapotec #indigenousrights #environmentalregeneration #socialenterprisenz #mexiconewzealand

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1 month ago

The Lucy Foundation

Having watched TLF grow from a seed idea into a global value chain, in 2018 Romelli decided to become directly involved with the The Lucy Foundation. By January 2019, they were on the ground in Mexico working with the Pluma crew. Fast forward 18 months, and last week Rom and Mikey travelled to Te Awakairangi Lower Hutt to take part in a Coffee Educators NZ barista workshop to improve their coffee making skills and to discuss accessible training. Rom also had a great time trying their hand at roasting TLF Pluma coffee beans at the Able Coffee Collaborative roastery.

From seed to cup, farmer to consumer... Rom’s been there!

He aha te mea nui o te ao, he tangata, he tangata, he tangata.
What is the most important thing in the world? People, people, people.

#TheBestCoffeeOfAllIsCoffeeForAll #FilterCoffeeNotPeople #Inclusion #Access #FarmerToConsumer
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2 months ago

The Lucy Foundation

Meet the farmers:

"They are the ones who work the land day after day under the sun. They are those who fertilise the sacred land with love and humility, which in gratitude returns them with coffee beans. They are our producers with whom we work hand in hand to recover ancestral knowledge." - Catalina (TLF Field Director, Mexico).

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