Nicaraguan coffee co-ops and Seattle University have been connected since the 2003 coffee crisis. Catholic Relief Services sent a professor of coffee chemistry from our campus to Matagalpa. In 2013, we began involving our sister school, Universidad de Centro Americana - Managua, as translators and gaining student business experience.
In 2015, we purchased our first batch of coffee and sold it under the co-op's brand name. In the years following we've hired a team of six student executives, integrated a student intern team, doubled sales year over year, and are now incorporated as a WA State Non-Profit Corporation.
Spring of 2019, we successfully expanded to our second country of origin, integrating specialty Vietnamese coffee product offerings to create Tâm.