Room for Sustainability?

You’ve seen it…on grocery store shelves, in cafe windows, printed on your to-go cup sleeve: “Fair Trade” coffee, “Better Than Fair Trade” coffee, “Sustainable” coffee. All words to assure consumers that they are doing the right thing when buying their beans.  Coffee goes under the microscope of ethical business practice often—possibly more often than any…

This is it

Back when Refuge was a mere zygote instead of the tadpole it is today, we had big dreams of introducing our friends who live outside Clarkston to our friends who live in Clarkston. We figured magic might happen if we could pull that off. But first, we had to become a functioning not-for-profit business. I…

A Refuge on a Road

Until my friend and Number One Volunteer, Karen, came up with the brilliant name Refuge Coffee, I spent half a day seriously considering another name for the shop we plan to open in our community. Ellis Island Coffee. Refuge Coffee makes more sense, and sounds better, too. But Ellis Island Coffee had a certain charm.…