We not only want to make a better cup of coffee than you'll find anywhere, we want to make the world better. We try our best to do this by serving only the finest coffee that conforms to Fair Trade and organically grown standards. If this means traveling to Guatemala to hand select the beans, we do so. Our coffee is always fresh, too. In fact, every coffee bean used and sold at the café is roasted the same week. Our baristas then take it to the next level, creating memorable, distinctive drinks with artful precision. We expect that you will find our presentation and service to be the exclamation points to our quality.
Rohs Street Café was founded in 2003 by University Christian Church as a not-for-profit business to provide the community a space for gathering and dialogue. We want our café to bring people together in a way that fosters friendship, idea sharing and mutual respect.
Let's begin with what's unfair: The average coffee grower in Latin America, Africa or Asia makes 30 to 60 cents per pound of coffee, yet needs $1.26 per pound to sustain his family. Nearly 12,500 children are believed to be working as slave laborers in West African cocoa fields. Guatemala, one of the world's largest coffee exporters, has a poverty rate of 80%.
Now the good news: Through a growing movement called Fair Trade, coffee, tea and cocoa farmers are receiving fair wages and basic human rights protections. When you buy fair trade coffee you are not only helping farmers receive a living wage but are also enabling their children to go to school and encouraging their community's economic growth.
By being the first and only café in Cincinnati that offers only fair trade coffees, teas and chocolate, Rohs Street Café is challenging other café's and stores to see the need and respond in kind. We also challenge you, the consumer, to be active in this campaign and buy only Fair Trade.