TLF New Zealand

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).

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.

This includes working towards…

  • Finding ways to support and promote training and employment opportunities for people with different abilities within the coffee and hospitality industries of Aotearoa New Zealand;
  • Looking at cafe spaces around Aotearoa New Zealand, and how we can work together to ensure they are accessible to consumers of all abilities;
  • Celebrating accessible and inclusive business practice within the coffee and hospitality industries;
  • Supporting and collaborating with inclusive and accessible businesses;
  • Providing a platform for people with disabilities (and their allies!) to comment on their experiences within the coffee industry either as employees or consumers;
  • Speaking at conferences and events (for more details go to Speakers New Zealand)
  • Facilitating cultural exchanges between Kiwis with and without disabilities and Zapotec people in Pluma Hidalgo.

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

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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:

www.thelucyfoundation.com/help-us-out

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

[Video description: A little Zapotec toddler crouches next to a pile of green coffee beans and places handfuls into a black sack. The video is a boomerang video (played and reversed multiple times).]
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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.

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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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