In the summer of 2007, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters began working with Holy Joe’s Cafe, a Connecticut based non-profit that works with military chaplains stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan to create coffee houses on different military bases for soldiers.
“Coffee houses? What do coffee houses have to do with our soldiers?”
Take the Mudhouse in Camp Taji, Iraq, for example. A coffee house located in the largest military base in Iraq, the Mudhouse serves an inordinate amount of servicemen and women as the vast majority those stationed in Iraq come through Camp Taji before moving elsewhere. The Mudhouse is staffed by and serves soldiers looking for a quiet place to reflect, write to loved ones, or just take a sip from a mug of coffee that reminds them of home. Holy Joe’s has created an environment of respite in a place that rarely offers such things.
Since that first year, Green Mountain Coffee has annually donated 1,500 lbs of whole bean coffee to the Mudhouse. This year, we’ve donated an additional 1,500 lbs to the Lighthouse, another Holy Joe’s coffee house in the Baghram Airbase in Afghanistan.
We’re proud to send our coffee to where it’s needed most. Knowing that Green Mountain Coffee is with servicemen and women overseas makes us think of our soldiers when taking the morning’s first sip – even when oceans separate us, the ritual of great coffee brings us back together again.
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