A Cup of Joe for a Better World


My husband likes to drink 1/2 caffeine coffee.  He also doesn’t believe in spending a lot for it, which is why he reaches for the store brand when we are in the grocery store.  I noticed a little insignia on the label of his coffee which said it was UTZ certified (www.utzcertified.org).  Honestly, at first I thought it had something to do with Utz potato chips, which are sold in this area.  So I went on their site and I learned a lot.  I always thought you had to buy expensive coffee to get sustainably grown coffee.  Boy, was I wrong!  UTZ is the largest certification program in the world for sustainable coffee.  And they don’t stop there.  UTZ certifies cocoa, tea and hazelnuts in addition to coffee.  There are currently 856,000 farmers in the UTZ certified program and 424,000 workers on UTZ-certified farms in 41 countries around the world.  The UTZ label is now on 13,000 products in 130 countries.  UTZ products are produced responsibly with care for the people and the environment.  Through their program, farmers learn better farming methods, and improve working conditions while caring for their families and the environment.  The coffee my husband enjoys is a great-tasting brew and it costs less than the major brands!  Which just goes to show that you don’t always need to spend extra to help make the world a better place.

On another note, a friend of the family passed away recently.  He wasn’t famous, you will probably never read or hear about him, but in a multitude of ways, large and small, he made the world a better place every day.  He cared about everyone he met.  He went out of his way to show kindness wherever and whenever he could.  He didn’t have money, he didn’t have power, but he made a difference.  He is no longer with us, but his light shines on.  R.I.P. John.


“Agape is understanding, creative, redemptive goodwill toward all men.  Agape is an overflowing love which seeks nothing in return.  Theologians would say that it is the love of God operating in the human heart.  When you rise to love on this level, you love all men not because you like them, not because their ways appeal to you, but you love them because God loves them.”                                                             Martin Luther King, Jr.


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