Zumi’s Espresso is a coffeehouse and ice cream bar that was founded in 2003 by Zillie and Umesh Bhuju. Our objective is to promote sustainable coffee practices and treat everyone involved or affected by our business with respect, from the farmers who grow our beans to the customers who buy our coffee. Participating in the fair trade of coffee is a social responsibility that we value highly. This participation starts with our roasters who deal directly with our farmers and extends all the way to our process of composting coffee grinds.
While the U.S. is among the world’s leaders in per capita coffee consumption, only a very small amount of coffee is grown here in the Kona District of Hawaii’s Big Island. This means that we, the coffee drinkers of America, are in a unique position to shape the ethical and economic forces that drive the world coffee market. Our daily coffee consumption habits have a huge influence on millions of people’s lives who are involved in coffee production around the world.
The People Behind the Beans
Nicaragua - Café Ben Linder: Our Roaster, Dean's Beans partnered with the Polus Center to create a café/roasterie in Leon, owned and operated by a prosthetics clinic that gives free artificial limbs and therapy to land mine victims and the poor.
Sumatra - Paman Dean: These beans are grown with the assistance of water buffalo. They provide weed control and organic fertilizer for the coffee fields. Don't laugh! This eco-buffalo project saves farmers time, labor, and money - all of which are extraordinarily precious during the long-term coffee pricing process.
Peru - Restoring the Sacred: Dean's Beans has just begun to work with the Ashaninkas indigenous coffee growers of Pangoa Cooperative around Satipo to reforest their sacred lands, which provide food, medicines, and sacred objects and sites to this tribe. The lands have been severely degraded by illegal logging since the 1970s.
Here at Zumi’s, we value balance in life. Hot in balance with cold. Through our product offerings of specialty espresso drinks served. Hot or cold and refreshing ice cream. Work in balance with play. By encouraging our customers to take pride in their adventures in nature. Challenges in balance with pleasures. Through our comforting product offerings and friendly environment, our customers can reward themselves regularly for their hard work, day to day. Poverty in balance with fairness. Through our participation in the fair trade movement. See our beans section for more about how fair trade promotes economic & social justice, rather than exploitation of the poor. Progress in balance with preservation. Through our support of shade-grown and organic coffees, which protect natural ecosystems & wildlife, avoiding the use of dangerous pesticides, herbicides andtherefore preserving our planet’s ecology for future generations.