Several months ago the Red Community trustees met and discussed various ways that we could offer practical help to survivors of slavery in Wales as they seek to rebuild their lives. One of the dreams we had was to see a coffee roasting company set up that could provide training and employment to those who have suffered horrendous exploitation at the hands of traffickers and modern slave traders. The coffee would be ethically sourced, profits could be donated to various anti-slavery projects and the coffee itself could be used as a means of raising awareness about the issue of slavery.
Long story short...the dream came true!
Manumit Coffee Roasters was established separately from Red Community as a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee in January 2017. The team have obtained an industrial unit in Cardiff and established a great working partnership with wonderful local roasters - the Plug. The Roastery is now very almost finished and so, incredibly, the first employees will soon be roasting great coffee that's all about freedom and hope.
If you'd like to follow the adventure Manumit already has Twitter and Instagram accounts set up and a website will soon be available with information about the coffee and details about how it can be purchased. Facebook will also be coming online soon.
Please pray for Manumit and, if you like coffee, support the initiative by buying some when it is available.