Monday, May 27, 2013
Local coffee shop makes tasty brew backed by a good cause
Take your initiative to Global Peace Factory Coffee for a chance to be sponsored.
FRISCO When Monica Jansen applied for work as a barista in early 2011, she wondered if her summer plans would potentially keep her from being hired. After all, any job applicant who comes in and immediately requests two weeks off may find their resume at the bottom of the pile.
Luckily for Jansen, the owner of the coffee house was receptive, even encouraging, of her two-week service-oriented mission trip to southern Africa. As Jansen worked up the chain of command from barista to manager at Global Peace Factory Coffee in Frisco, that support became not only verbal, but financial as well.
Bernard Nussbaumer, owner of GPF coffee shops in both Frisco and Plano, said trips such as Jansen's are perfect recipients for his yearly charitable donations. Since the Frisco location opened in the 2010, Nussbaumer has donated 2 percent of every dollar made to charity, hoping to live up his motto of "a world at peace, not in pieces." That practice has continued since the March opening of Global Peace Factory Coffee Two in Plano.
"Before this I used to give money to big organizations, but I did some research and with some of those organizations only 10 or 15 cents of every dollar ends up where it was intended to," he said. "I don't want to see somebody have a huge office and driving a Mercedes [or] someone running a nonprofit to get rich. I want to donate to groups that have something tangible that comes out of it."
When Jansen travels to Africa this summer it will mark the second time she has been a recipient of funds from GPF. During her 10-day stint abroad she will work with orphans in Swaziland, a small nation sandwiched between South Africa and Mozambique near Africa's southern tip.
"There is something about Africa itself that I can't really put into words, but I am drawn to it and I love what I get to do there," said Jansen, who has made three previous trips to Swaziland, as well as one to Malawi. "If I have the opportunity to stay involved in work there I want to take it, and Global Peace Factory has given me that opportunity."
Swaziland has the highest rate of HIV/AIDS in the world, with the World Health Organization showing 26 percent of adults having the disease. This leads to a life expectancy of only 50 years, WHO statistics show. These factors result in a tremendous number of orphans, including those Jansen helps in the village of Bulembu.
"Every morning we work building fences around homes with babies and toddlers since the village is located on a mountain," she said. "We have also done repairing and repainting of homes, as well as road work.
"In the afternoons we are placed in an orphan home and we spend time helping them wash their clothes, tutoring and then hopefully a little bit of time playing games."
When the Global Peace Factory brand becomes more established, Nussbaumer said he hopes to expand to have six to eight additional coffee shops around the Plano-Frisco area. He also hopes to begin a clothing line, with a portion of the proceeds going to charitable work.
"This year I am looking for something to contribute to in Plano and Frisco, maybe do something for the school districts," he said. "Obviously it can't be something huge because we are not a multimillion dollar company, but a few thousand dollars can always help benefit someone."
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