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Aldea's Biggest Projects of 2019

Ever wonder why your favorite barista isn’t at the Armory? We wrote up this post to share with you what we’ve been up to! The past few months have been very productive for us. From moving our production site to signing a lease on a new cafe, we are working diligently to pursue growth in order to better serve each of you this year. We signed a lease and began a build-out for our new cafe on Pine St. Throughout the past four years we have surveyed the many potential buildings in downtown Muskegon. As many of you have heard, we are working towards opening our second location on Pine Street downtown Muskegon! We launched a crowdfunding campaign because we...

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We’re opening a second location:
Here’s why and how you can help!

The word Aldea means “community or village” in Spanish. This word has become the cornerstone of what we do here in West Michigan. We use coffee to foster the genuine human connection that builds a powerful community. Whether you’re looking for a cup of coffee, a friend to chat with, or a comfortable place to get some work done, we strive to provide that for you. This is why we are so excited to open a second cafe, located in the thriving community of Muskegon, MI at 794 Pine St. As a business, we have engaged in Muskegon in many ways since our beginning as a non-profit in 2009, and it is with great pride that we have watched the...

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An Introduction to Aldea Development

Aldea means village or community in Spanish. This word has become the cornerstone of how we do what we do in both the United States and in Honduras. Aldea Development formed ten years ago in Honduras, based in a small town called La Union. A group of college students, including founders Andrew Boyd and Patrick Hughes, were ready to start a meaningful project upon  graduation. While learning about microfinance they decided this would be a good way to get started. Throughout the summer of 2009, with the help of the students from the local bilingual school, they began researching and forming the foundation of what Aldea Development is today. In the beginning, their focus was on microloans to coffee, corn...

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Organic Loose Leaf- Teas at Aldea by Brittany Goode

People are often shocked when they hear that even though I work for Aldea Coffee, I don’t drink coffee on a regular basis. In fact, Aldea Coffee is the first and only coffee that I have ever had in my entire life. I began working here during the summer of 2015, and I began to appreciate coffee as I learned more about where it came from, how it was processed, prepared, and served. However, for my personal well-being, tea continues to be a pivotal part of my life and daily routine. As an organization we put our passions and people first. Because of this, I was able to find a home here as the tea expert. I had previously been...

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The Pirate and Aldea

  Not once in my life did it ever cross my mind that I would be living on Lake Michigan, far from my house and land in the Idaho Rockies, and even farther from an ocean.  I told my son, “We don’t have to move to Grand Haven. Your grandfather can afford to fly you and your mom back and forth.” His ten-year-old brain answered, “You’re writing a book. Your girlfriend Nancy is gone. Why not move there. I don’t want to live so far from Mom.” And suddenly we were camping across Montana and South Dakota in July and August only to find ourselves in an alien culture. A church at every intersection and an American flag in every...

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