“…stories of children being sold for $50, with the un-fulfilled promise of a better life, because the family is too poor to feed them; countless stories of young girls selling their bodies on the street, to bring home money to their drug addicted parents; stories of pimps coming to poor villages and taking the young boys to train them how to make ‘easy money’ by selling themselves on the tourist beaches… We are determined that people’s lives and situations be changed. And we will do it, 1 person at a time, 1 coffee at a time.”

six8 Coffee Roasters was birthed out of a passion for coffee and a need to see justice in a hurting world.

After travelling to many countries and living with people in the poorest situations, hearing the stories of what they are subjected to just to survive, we felt the burden to change this reality. These stories continue to haunt us; stories of children being sold for $50, with the un-fulfilled promise of a better life, because the family is too poor to feed them; countless stories of young girls selling their bodies on the street, to bring home money to their drug addicted parents; stories of pimps coming to poor villages and taking the young boys to train them how to make ‘easy money’ by selling themselves on the tourist beaches. These are but a few of so many true stories out there, that are the daily reality for many. But we are determined to make a difference. We are determined that these stories no longer be reality. We are determined that people’s lives and situations be changed. And we will do it, 1 person at a time, 1 coffee at a time…

The name “six8″ comes from the Bible, in Micah chapter 6 verse 8: “The Lord requires you to Act Justly, Love Mercy and Walk Humbly with God.” This verse has always struck a chord with us. It tells us that as Christians, it’s not enough to just live in the world, worrying about only ourselves; we must be active in seeking justice, being merciful, whilst walking humbly with the God who is Justice and Mercy!

 

There are many ways that we can help the cause of the needy, and we wanted to tackle the issue from many fronts.

We only source ethically traded coffee, ensuring that the farmers are paid a decent price for their coffee, and that slave labour is not a part of the process. Decent wages help to reduce the risk of poverty and ending up in the sex trade.

We support and advocate charities and organisations that are on the ground also working to see justice come about, especially in the area of human trafficking, bonded labour and the sex trade.

We work to educate the public and bring an awareness about the issues of human trafficking, bonded labour and the sex trade.

Already We have donated money and spent time working with a ministry working amongst some of the most underprivileged and at risk children and families in the slums of Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The donation enabled them to continue to bring hope through education and the love of Jesus.

We have given training and assistance to a ministry working in one of the poorest provinces of Thailand, to help them start a Cafe’. The cafe will enable them to give training and an income to young men and women who are at risk of ending up in prostitution or who wish to leave that life behind.

Every coffee can make a difference. Every coffee can change a life. Make yours count!