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We visit the farms where our coffee is grown. We meet with the growers—traveling down dirt roads, past washed-out bridges, up mountainsides. We drink coffee together, talking about the best ways to keep their farms sustainable and profitable. >

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Quality of coffee is directly linked to the well being of the people connected to it. 
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Higher Grounds in the News!

Higher Grounds in the News!

Photo credit: Diana Zeyneb Alhindawi for The New York Times //   We may be just a small group of people doing our best to craft delicious coffee here in northern Michigan, but the impact of our sustainable trading model reverberates beyond our region. Our purpose is to cultivate human potential...

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The Roast with the Most

The Roast with the Most

Coffee roasting is a delicate art and a complex science. Over the past decade plus, we’ve grown from two people using a borrowed roaster and packaging coffee in a basement into a full-blown roaster-retailer with a team of 20 who work tirelessly to share our farming partners’ exceptional coffee with the...

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Congo Travelogue: Notes from the Road

Congo Travelogue: Notes from the Road

Author's note: I traveled to the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo in May of this year, to participate in the third annual Saveur du Kivu and visit with Higher Grounds' producer partners at the Muungano coffee farmers cooperative. road |rōd| noun 1. a wide way leading from one place to another, especially...

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