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.


4 days ago

The Lucy Foundation
Another successful community workshop done and dusted! Here we are preparing an ash broth, which will be used to strengthen coffee plants and naturally deter insects. A beautiful practice, everyone working together, full of learning!#DisabilityRights #EnvironmentalRegeneration #InsectControl[Video description: Footage of a pathway in the jungle with blue skies ahead. The camera pans to a small group of people with and without disabilities preparing a broth in a big pot over an open fire. Herminio is stirring the pot with a big stick, while Catalina stokes the fire. Photos of everyone participating and sharing in the experience. A team photo with a large huskie dog in the front. Closing credit reads 'Muchas Gracias to order coffee or donate go to www.thelucyfoundation.com"] ... See MoreSee Less
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4 days ago

The Lucy Foundation
April 9 is Small Business Day, and Xero is teaming up with small businesses in Aotearoa to thank our fabulous customers for their support 😍 The prize pool includes $100,000 in instant prizes and a $10,000 shopping spree 🤩 You could even give us a shot at winning $10,000 to help grow our business 🙀If you want to go in the draw, just follow these super-simple steps: 🛍 Buy TLF coffee tomorrow📸 Take a photo of your coffee🤳 Post your photo on social media, tag Small Business Day NZ and use the hashtag #choosesmallnzOR🔒 if your account is private, message your photo to @smallbusinessdaynz ... See MoreSee Less
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2 weeks ago

The Lucy Foundation
As part of our inclusive value chain, the families we partner with receive a portion of the harvest - processed, roasted and ground with love by our TLF crew. A huge thanks to Doña Yoli for her help![Video description: A high speed video of Doña Yoli grinding TLF coffee, before Juan and then Pepe scoop the ground coffee into large tins. A photo of Juan waving with a large tin of ground coffee, and a photo of Pepe, Juan and Herminio on the street ready to deliver the coffee to their families.] ... See MoreSee Less
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