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MARY MEAUX — Buy coffee for a good cause with Trujillo Coffee Company

There’s a place in Port Neches where you can pick up specialty coffee and chocolates for a good cause.

Trujillo Coffee Company, whose motto is “Great Coffee < Greater Purpose,” was born from a love of the people of Honduras. Hayden Outlaw, Geoff Sirkel and their families are from the States but moved to Honduras after visiting there dozens of times.

While there, they asked friends there what they could do to help. After a while the idea of a coffee business was developed, according to their website.

“As it turns out, our friends own and operate a large coffee plantation, the profits of which all support church planters across the nation. One of these church plants is in the coastal town of Trujillo, our current home, and the inspiration for our company’s name,” the website stated.

Outlaw explained via email that a church planter means a pastor from the organization will go into the community to see if there is a need to start a new church in that particular community. Sometimes there is already a Bible-teaching church, so there is no need to start a new one.

However, if there is no church or the church does not teach according to the Bible, they will start one if they feel as though God is leading them to do so.

The coffee was born out of a garage, trial and error, until the perfect blend was created. Since then, they have added other varieties of coffee as well.

The chocolate is handmade from cacao harvested from the Wampusirpi area in the jungles of Honduras and, with the exception of the milk chocolate, all of their chocolates are made from three ingredients: cocoa, cocoa butter and sugar.

A wrapper from Trujillo chocolate. (Mary Meaux/The News)

The local tie

Outlaw is the nephew of Sharon Miller, who is co-owner of Buds Floral Shoppe in Port Neches. The shop, located at 1811 Magnolia Ave. in Port Neches, has a display setup with Trujillo Coffee Co. products, including coffee, chocolates and more.

She said Outlaw and family left everything behind to move to Honduras and take a chance at the business and ministry. And by selling the Trujillo products, she is also helping the ministry it serves.

Besides Port Neches, you may also pick up some of the coffee and other products in Clifton, Glen Rose and Whitney or shop online at trujillocoffee.com.

Mary Meaux is a reporter for The Port Arthur News. She can be reached at 721-2429 or at mary.meaux@panews.com.