Drink coffee. Do good.
This is not just a catchy phrase, but the premise by which Jonathan Golden started Land of a Thousand Hills Coffee Company just north of Atlanta in Roswell. An Anglican priest by vocation, he started a coffee growing business that also fosters healing among warring tribes in Rwanda. Former enemies during the 1994 genocide now work side-by-side to produce specialty coffees that are then served in USA coffee shops, restaurants, and churches. Thousand Hills pays higher than fair trade wages and says that investment in the farming community is their “top priority.”
Recently, I had the pleasure of meeting Jonathan and taking his portrait for the June issue of Christianity Today‘s column, “Who’s Next…People you should know.’ Getting to know Jonathan better is what I intend to do as this assignment has led me to partner with Thousand Hills in the coming months to document more of their work in Rwanda.
Learn more about Jonathan and his work here: Land of a Thousand Hills Coffee
Photograph of Jonathan behind his Roswell coffee house (Nikon D3s, 50mm f1.4, 1/320 sec, f1.4, ISO200)