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Editor's Note: I met Jacob Cole in Hawaii a few years back and followed his journey to Amsterdam to set up a café with his wife. They officially opened in the last few months after many months of work and have great plans for the café. I thought it'd be fruitful to pick Jacob's brain a bit about the project and what God taught him through it. Click the arrows on header photo to see before&after photos. AMAG: Jacob, what compelled you to create a café at the YWAM Amsterdam base? JC: Good question, I feel like that’s kind of a question with a lot to answer. I actually first came to YWAM Amsterdam a little over 3 years ago. I was leading an outreach here and during that time I became really good friends with the base leader, Reinier. After I left he asked me to consider coming back and…Continue Reading
Coffee Christians Tips Generousity
I was tackling some work at a coffee house when a couple of guys came in lugging sound equipment. A stampede of people followed. Before long, the coffee house was so full that I had three strangers sharing my table. I stayed huddled at my end for most of the evening, though I occasionally took out my earbuds and enjoyed the music. A gospel group was playing, except they weren’t playing gospel songs. I only knew they were a gospel group because the lead singer kept telling us, and I wasn’t sure why. Perhaps she was trying to tells us she was besties with Jesus, without actually saying it out loud. Throughout the evening, she reminded us that the coffee house did not promote any specific religion, which made me wonder why she kept promoting hers. The night concluded with an altar call. Yes, the lead singer pulled the classic…Continue Reading
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I met Jason Estopinal during an Awaken Gathering in Santa Barbara California a few years ago and loved his authenticity. He wants to live the true gospel. You can see it shine through in this interview. He and some others have started a coffee company in Haiti called Trezo d’ Haiti with the goal of contributing to the transformation in Haiti. Enjoy! AMAG: What is Trezo d’Haiti and what made you want to start a coffee company in Haiti? THE PROCESS Haitian farmers grow on small pieces of land called “Creole gardens,” right next to the fruits and vegetables they’ll be eating for dinner. Each step in the process is personally and carefully completed, using the same methods their ancestors used. JE: Trezò d’Haïti is a brand of specialty gourmet Haitian coffees, organically grown in the highlands of Haiti. Our coffee is legit: contrary to most of the commercialized hybrid varieties…Continue Reading