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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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Aldea Miir Tumblers: Honduran Inspired, 1% for the Planet

 We love travel mugs at Aldea for a few reasons; the word “travel” itself implies that we are out experiencing and enjoying life. Secondly, the more we use our travel mugs when we are taking a drink on the go, the less waste we produce. Furthermore, when we carry our own mugs the dings, stickers, and scratches tell a little bit of our story and can be a gentle reminder to get back out and do it all again. Side note: Do not be afraid to bring your mug in when it’s dirty. We are always happy to wash it. If you do not have a travel mug or are looking for a new one, here are three reasons to...

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The 10 Books on the Shelf at Aldea and why they are there

Each book on our shelf at the shop has been deliberately chosen, as they are a reflection of our values and have personally influenced each of us in a different way. We have put together this guide to the books for sale in our cafe at the Armory and why you will find them there.   Zingerman’s Business Book Series Author | Ari Weinzweig Highlights | business can be done differently; powerful and alternative visioning, leadership, personal organization A Lapsed Anarchist’s Approach is a business based book series written by Zingerman’s founder Ari Weinzweig. Zingerman’s is based in Ann Arbor, MI. Building a Great Business is the first book we read together as a team and is the first in...

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