TLF Aotearoa

Our goal is to revolutionise the way we do business by creating a culture of inclusivity in trade. To do this, we are helping create an entire supply chain of coffee that is inclusive of people with disabilities from the country of origin (Mexico) to the country of consumption (Aotearoa New Zealand).

In 2016, we established a team on the ground in Pluma Hidalgo, Oaxaca, Mexico, where we work with indigenous coffee-farming families and disabled people to regenerate the environment, while developing a culture of inclusivity and empowerment through the production of specialty Pluma coffee beans. The coffee is shipped to Aotearoa New Zealand by John Burton Ltd, and lovingly roasted by Able Coffee Collaborative – both organisations who support the kaupapa of disability rights, inclusion and diversity. Together with our partners, we have helped to create what is believed to be the world’s first entirely inclusive value chain of coffee – from farmer (Mexico) to consumer (Aotearoa). Not only is our coffee delicious (2020 cupping score 86/100, placing it in the ‘specialty’ range), but it also cares for people and the environment. 

While our team in Mexico is working incredibly hard to bring us coffee that is good for human rights, the environment, the economy AND is inclusive of people with disabilities, our team in Aotearoa New Zealand is also busy looking at ways we can create inclusive and accessible employment and education opportunities for people with disabilities. 

We are excited to announce the launch of a new initiative in 2021 that will see the implementation of TLF’s charitable objectives here in Aotearoa New Zealand. 

To do this, we are setting up a coffee education and distribution centre in Kirikiriroa (Hamilton). Once the coffee has been roasted, it will be sent to Kirikiriroa where we are partnering with local charity Recreate MOXIE (Meaningful Opportunities X’ing Into Employment), which supports young people with learning disabilities into training and employment. From early 2021, three to four young people with learning (intellectual) disabilities will attend training sessions at the TLF dispatch centre in Kirikiriroa, where they will learn about the origins of coffee, the coffee value chain, coffee equipment, hospitality, as well as the dispatch of TLF coffee (weighing; grinding; bagging; sealing; stamping; and couriering). At the end of their placement, it is expected that at least one young person with a learning disability will gain part-time living wage employment at our TLF dispatch centre.

Keep an eye on this space over the next year as we expand and grow into the future!

TLF team members sit around a table in Kirikiriroa. They are women with and without disabilities.


Christmas is just around the corner and our TLF whānau are busy prepping the sweetest and most caffeinated gifts!

Celebrate the end of 2020 with honey and coffee crafted with a heart for inclusion, accessibility, diversity - a gift that will continue to have social and environmental impact long after it has been devoured!

Head to our website to place your order. All proceeds will go towards the Pluma Coffee Project, supporting a more disability inclusive and regenerative coffee industry.
www.thelucyfoundation.com/christmas

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2 weeks ago

The Lucy Foundation

We're proud to partner with you too Te Tuhi Café, from farmer to consumer!

Purchase your inclusive coffee beans now: www.thelucyfoundation.com/help-us-out

[Image description: Rachel tries her hand at a Lucy espresso on the Te Tuhi Cafe coffee machine. She has a big smile.]

#DisabilityEmployment #disabilityrights #thebestcoffeeofalliscoffeeforall #filtercoffeenotpeopleA little about our lovely coffee suppliers, The Lucy Foundation. The Lucy Foundation are a disability empowerment organisation which manages an entire supply chain of coffee that is inclusive of people with disabilities from Mexico to Aotearoa.

Lovingly roasted by Able Coffee Collaborative, a disability inclusive roastery in Lower Hutt, we serve their signature Lucy blend. This includes three types of beans from Sumatra (Fair Trade/Organic), Ethiopia (Fair Trade/Organic) and Pluma Hidalgo Mexico. It makes for a full bodied coffee with a bit of kick!

We're proud to be partnering with these organisations to bring you your disability inclusive coffee, all the way from the farm to the friendly face serving you at Te Tuhi Café!

Photo by Irra Lee, courtesy of 1 News.
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3 weeks ago

The Lucy Foundation

We're keepin' it clean! We've been using citrus fruits to make an ecological detergent to clean surfaces such as bench tops and floors. We also use it to wash dishes and clean the kitchen and bathroom at our TLF headquarters.

To help us do more of this, donate now: www.thelucyfoundation.com/donate/

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