I won’t say Koffee for a Kause, even though the “kafe” tempted me to do so…
Regardless, there’s another new coffee shop in town! bwè kafe is Hoboken’s newest coffee shop located at 1002 Washington Street. Dedicated to serving top quality and earth conscious coffee through exciting brewing methods – as well as specialty teas, drinks and healthy foods – and as its owners say, “bwè kafe is an open and warm setting for stories to be told, creativity to flow and cultures to meet.”
Here’s the intriguing story of bwè kafe:
Started by a group of Hoboken residents in 2013, the story of bwè kafe began in 2010 when the earthquake in Haiti hit. Hoboken resident Maryanne Fike and a few friends gathered a team of doctors and like-minded individuals who wanted to help in the aftermath of this terrible tragedy.They flew to the Dominican Republic and rented a bus to take them over the border to Haiti, and in less than 10 days after the earthquake, they were in Port au Prince, providing emergency medical care, and temporary housing to anyone they could.
Through this experience, Maryanne co-founded Love for Haiti / the Ark Project, a 501c3 organization whose purpose is to assist the children and youth of Haiti to have a promising future. Maryanne has been back to Haiti more than 15 times since her initial visit, and through Love for Haiti, has sponsored youth by funding their higher education aspirations and assisting with teacher training and an art program at several elementary and high schools in Port au Prince. In an effort to sustain these efforts she recognized the opportunity to open a cafe, offering Haitian coffee, and have a portion of the proceeds go towards these projects!
Maryanne shared this idea with her family back in Hoboken, and together this team set-out to provide Hoboken with an adorable coffee shop while helping to provide Haitian youth with the opportunity of higher education! bwè kafe decided to have a portion of their proceeds also go to Coffee for Water, which provides water filtration services in Haiti, supplying the people there with access to safe drinking water. They also decided to sell Haitian art to raise extra money and promote local artists. Love it!