New coffee company building buzz

Published: Thursday, May 2, 2013 at 08:50 AM.

As much as Ford and his family love coffee, he admitted to a secondary agenda behind Satellite Republic.

All profits from his business are donated to the maintenance of a girl’s orphanage situated on the Ivory Coast of West Africa.

The orphanage houses girls whose parents were killed during recent military coups in the country. The building currently has 15 occupants with the capacity to hold up to 144.

Ford said that it’s a “wonderful life” to help children who can’t fend for themselves and have no one to take care of them. His father-in-law was a missionary who dedicated his life to building orphanages and hearing the stories of the places and children touched Ford’s heart enough for him to follow suit.

In addition to building more orphanages in West Africa, Ford would like to see his company help fund projects in troubled areas around India and Haiti.

“Through our business, people can enjoy a product but also give back to something bigger than themselves,” said the business owner.

He noted that feedback on his products has been “extremely positive” and hopes to see Satellite Republic on more store shelves as the year continued. The company is currently exploring a deal with a larger grocery chain in the south.

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