Who we are
8th Day Coffee is a social enterprise whose goal is to empower the lives of vulnerable and marginalized women in Denver by providing transformational employment opportunities, community, and cultivate pathways to achieve goals and dreams. It is primarily considered a business that is about people-the people we employ, the people we work with, the people we serve, and the people who live around us. We will fulfill this people-centered mission by providing employment opportunities to teen and single mothers and survivors of domestic and sexual violence survivors, including human trafficking. We will hire, train, and educate them. We will provide them with a stable job and income that will free them from exploitation. In turn, we will provide the highest quality of coffee and baked goods in Denver served with exceptional customer service. We want to be the positive change our city needs, for the good of our communities... and the world.
The 8th day is for kicking back with a good book or changing the world over a cup of coffee. The 8th day is about creating a place where good things happen, and at 8th Day Coffee every day is the 8th day.
By creating a social enterprise, we are providing a sustainable revenue stream to provide employment opportunities as well as support services to the women we hire. We also see a growing trend from consumers that ethical issues are more important and, in fact, becoming a guiding principle in their buying patterns. In becoming a business with a mission, we are offering these consumers value driven products and services.
We believe great things can happen over a cup of coffee. From a promising first date to a late night study session, to connecting with old friends, coffee is the connecting medium of our culture. (Not to mention how an expertly crafted brew makes our soul rejoice!)
In 2014, the concept 8th Day Coffee was born after a living for a year in India. Kristen learned of Freedom Businesses that provide transformational employment to women who have been rescued from human trafficking.
Coffee changed Kristen’s world (her first date with her husband was over coffee!) so why can’t we use coffee to change our world in a similar fashion of a Freedom Business? A match made in heaven with her two loves- coffee and social justice!
We believe in a world free from exploitation where every individual can experience freedom, worth, and dignity. Thus was born 8th Day Coffee as a social enterprise of 8th Day Restoration, a 501c3.
Our Auto Rickshaw
We originally set out to open a brick and mortar place, but as we progressed in our dream, we realized it was better to start off smaller and develop a stronger proof of concept. Thus, we decided to open 8th Day Coffee as a mobile coffee unit, specifically operating out of an auto rickshaw, also known as a tuk-tuk. As we researched acquiring a rickshaw, we discovered that an existing company in Denver, CO developed and sold fully electric, road legal tuk tuks! It was only common sense that we would purchase from them. Multiple other reasons were behind our decision to use a tuk tuk. These include:
· Tie to India-auto rickshaws are the primary form of transportation in India-it connected to our story and relationship to India
· We didn’t want to be locked into an expensive lease at a brick and mortar store. Instead, we would rather use these funds to support the mission of 8th Day Denver.
· Electric- it’s eco-friendly and can fully power our equipment
· Our vision is to change lives one Tuk Tuk at a time. Seriously. Upon completion of their Fellowship, women will have an opportunity to become small business owners with a Tuk Tuk of their own.