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When Haiti native Beverly Malbranche launched her New Jersey-based company in 2018, she did so with an eye to giving back to the community. The result was Caribbrew, a producer of coffee that provides job opportunities both in her first home, where the company partners with some 3,000 farmers to turn out the sustainably grown crop, and locally, where Caribbrew is committed to supporting the poorest communities. Caribbrew’s “fair trade plus” approach enables families to gain access to better food, health care, and education. The company also supports a local New Jersey non-profit that aims at educating disadvantaged black youth living in Newark.

The coffee, which our tasters sampled recently, is made of 100% Arabica beans grown at high elevations and roasted in small batches. The result is a full, rich flavor with little acidity.

Caribbrew coffee and drinking chocolate may be bought directly from the company’s website for $15.50 a 12-ounce bag. The company also sells a variety of cold brew products, teas, and skin care products.