Who We Are
The One Cup Project was founded on a simple idea: your purchases have power. We want to use that power to do something really good, something for more than just profit, something that can change the world.
If you’re like most Americans, you don’t want to buy Joe CEO a corporate jet for Christmas, or enable some big-name company to pay children little to nothing to work 18 hours a day making shoes.
But there’s a problem – if you’re like most people, you probably don’t know how to use your spending power to support your beliefs . You don’t have enough information to make good choices. In spite of your best efforts, it’s just easier to get into your car and drive to the neighborhood big-box retailer to get your wares.
We at The One Cup Project hear that. In fact, we’re in the same boat.
The One Cup Project is powered by Silver Cup Coffee, a family-owned, Seattle-based coffee roaster. We’ve been roasting coffee for nearly 20 years, and we’ve been selling it, for a profit, to local espresso businesses. We’ve even won all kinds of awards for our micro-roasted blends. But we wanted to do something more.
For a while, we’ve been learning and growing ideas about business working as a catalyst for positive social change in the world. We call it “more-than-profit.”
We’re learning that business doesn’t have to be the bad guy. Businesses have the power to change the world, and if you watch the news or listen to the radio, you probably know this. But usually that change isn’t for the better.
We’re on a mission to tell a different story about business. We want our story to be about using our resources to help those who don’t have a voice, or really a chance, unless someone reaches out a hand.
We want to tell a story about developing a sustainable, more-than-profit business model built on putting your coffee dollars and our time and energy to something that matters, a lot.
Because we are a for-profit business, we don’t have to spend time fundraising. All of our fundraising is done through the sale of coffee. Thus, The One Cup Project has a 0% administrative cost.
The birth of The One Cup Project
The One Cup Project was born when Silver Cup’s owner and founder, Christian Kar, read the book “The Hole in Our Gospel” by World Vision President Rich Stearns. In his book, Rich lays out a host a major problems that beset the third world, AND how utterly solvable they are, if given enough resources and time.
Christian called World Vision and asked how we could help. Together they came up with a plan to leverage donations from the sales of Award-Winning Silver Cup Coffee with existing multiplier matching grants.
With the help of these grants, we are able to send the full dollar amount of your coffee purchase to World Vision. That’s right, every last cent.
We welcome you to work with us. If you’re a coffee drinker, change your coffee. If you’re a business person, change your business model. If you’re a blogger, get the “more-than-profit” word out.