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Vision | farther up and further in

create | give | restore

Where we want to go we cannot go alone.

create |

To create a love for profoundly good coffee among the people of Tyler and friends of Doulos across the map.
There is good coffee, which tastes good, and then there is profoundly good coffee, which tastes good and is good to all the people involved in the process of bringing it to you.

A lot of people love coffee.  Our hope at Porch Culture is for people to love people through coffee.

Porch Culture coffee beans come to us direct from the Dominican Republic.  Our connection with Spirit Mountain Coffee Plantation and Ecological Reserve began before Porch Culture was even an idea.  The farm is connected with Doulos, the school we worked for in the Dominican Republic.  As part of our jobs we had the privilege of leading student camping trips and hosting US work teams on the farm.

This was our transition from a love for coffee to a love for people through coffee.

You may not ever meet our friends on the farm or at the school but when you choose profoundly good coffee you are choosing to love those friends of ours through coffee.

give |

To give generously and be a channel for others to do the same.

Our plan from the beginning has been to be a coffee business that is built around community and giving.  We are not the first “profit with purpose” business.  There are many outstanding examples that proceed us.  We gleaned from their experience and developed a giving plan for Porch Culture.

$3. That is where we arrived. $3 from every bag sold online is given to Doulos.

But we are just a channel for giving.  It is your choosing Porch Culture coffee that does the giving.

We also know other profoundly good work is going on around us.  Which is why we offer Porch Culture fundraising campaigns  for local non-profits, churches, and schools.  $3 from every bag of coffee through a Porch Culture fundraiser goes to the work of partnering non-profits.

restore |

To be a catalyst of restoration and renewal on the farm, in education, and within the city of Tyler.

On the farm.  There is so much to say about Spirit Mountain.  They are not just a connection we happened to have but a project and a place that we deeply believe in and a story we were eager to be a part of.  In addition to 80 acres of organic coffee, the farm is also an ecological reserve with 1000’s of trees planted over the last 10 years.  The farm is still more than that; it is a learning extension for Doulos, where students come to experience the outdoors as a classroom.

When you purchase Porch Culture you are choosing a farm that loves people through agriculture

In education.  Doulos ignited our imagination with what education can be.  A school dedicated to building bridges, equipping leaders, and serving the community.  Just like Spirit Mountain there is so much to say about Doulos.  They are also a story we are eager to be a part of.  They are the beginning of our story in fact.

When you purchase Porch Culture coffee you are choosing a school that loves people through education.

Within the City.  After being away for several years we are just getting to know Tyler again.  It did not take much searching to find there are profoundly good stories of restoration taking place.  We want to help those stories along and bring more people into them as well.

When you purchase Porch Culture coffee through a Tyler based fundraiser you are choosing to be a part of loving you neighbor through coffee.

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Simplicity

So we started out pretty info heavy on the website.

A heartfelt thank you to those of you that dove right in and read through all that content.

We have been crafting this dream of profoundly good coffee for almost 3 years now and once the site was ready for content we were eager to share the full story.  But once we got it all out there it felt a little cumbersome.  So we scaled back a bit.  Then, after scaling back, we felt we drew the curtains a little too tight and were no longer transparent.

So now, with simplicity AND transparency in mind, we decided the blog was the best medium to continue to share the roots of the Porch Culture story while keeping the overall website streamlined.  I know novel concept, right.

I know you were fretting about this too.  As I am sure you sit around and ponder how Porch Culture’s web presence is not meeting your expectations.  Hopefully we have now eliminated the need to fret and you can more joyfully devote your time to sitting on porches and/or sharing a cup of coffee.

(Our roaster is enroute by the way.  Order your profoundly good coffee today!)

Speaking of simplicity it is one of our pillars.  There are 7 pillars that form our Porch Culture identity.

Enjoy…the reading and your weekend.

identity | where the rubber meets the road

“Beliefs are the rails upon which our lives run. We almost always act according to what we really believe. It doesn’t matter much what we say we believe or what we want others to think we believe. When the rubber meets the road, we act out our actual beliefs most of the time.”  JP Moreland

community | hospitality | restoration | simplicity | imagination | adventure | education

These are the things we strive to be about.

community | i am because we all are

We are all connected and are all called to | love our neighbor as ourselves |.  From where we source our coffee to how we distribute the roasted product, we desire to help communities thrive and to be connected by the thread of profoundly good coffee.

hospitality | kindness first, kindness last

Coffee is a catalyst for hospitality.  We offer profoundly good coffee so that you can offer it to others.  We look to take care of the farmers we source from and to the Tylerites we roast for.  We hope for a lot but all our intentions and buzz words are nothing if we are not kind.

restoration | making old things new

We believe we are a part of the greatest restoration story ever told.  Our hope is to contribute to the BIG story with our small story of profoundly good coffee.  With a healthy dose of tlc we look to restore by bringing out the beauty that is already there just below the surface, on the farm and in Tyler.  We don’t need new, we need old things made new.

simplicity | keep the main thing the main thing

At Porch Culture we keep things simple to keep people at the heart of what we do. Too many choices distract and intimidate.  We want to make profoundly good coffee accessible and approachable.  Our roast list will not expand beyond who we can build and maintain direct trade relationships with and our sales focus will always remain rooted in the Tyler area.

imagination | unconventional possibility

Common place solutions yield common results and don’t make for a very good story.  At Porch Culture we strive to go big with idealism in our approach and imagine what all can be.  We get creative and perhaps a bit unconventional to keep people at the heart of what we do as we work to tell a better coffee story.

adventure | profound goodness run wild

You don’t have to climb Everest to go on an adventure.  You just have to be daring at what you are given.  Coffee is our great adventure and we aren’t looking to play it safe but aim to let profound goodness run wild.

education | training good story tellers

Porch Culture believes education brings things full circle.  It is not a beginning or an end but rather a way of life, not something passively acquired but rather something to be both actively given and intentionally pursued.

We promote this ethos internationally through financial giving to the Doulos Discovery School in the Dominican Republic, and locally through giving to projects of restoration in Tyler.