Full Life launches sustainable coffee roasting business
By Christina Williams
Sustainable Business Oregon editor
Happy Cup, a sustainable coffee roaster, launched in Portland.
Full Life, a service and micro-enterprise company that provides employment and recreation opportunities for people with disabilities, this fall launched a fair-trade coffee roasting business in Northeast Portland.
Happy Cup, as the business is called, sources ethically raised and rainforest-certified beans and roasts them for service in Full Life's own coffee shop on Northeast 33rd and Sandy and for sale through a company website.
Full Life, which operates a number of small businesses including a flower farm and an e-commerce business, offers paying jobs to people with disabilities.
Damian Magista, director of job development at Full Life, said Happy Cup holds the most potential of all of the businesses launched by Full Life to date.
"It's really the biggest one and the one that has the potential to really scale and to become fairly large," Magista said.
Happy Cup's current roasting facility, representing a startup investment in the neighborhood of about $40,000, has the capacity to roast about 4,000 pounds of coffee per month.
Magista said Trevin Miller of Mr. Green Beans, a do-it-yourself coffee roasting business on North Mississippi Street, served as a consultant in getting Happy Cup off the ground.
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