In 2014, the staff at Griot Arts saw a very big need in our community to help our youth prepare for the workforce and get a job in order to provide for themselves and their families. At Griot, we believe that all people were created to do meaningful, life giving work. Our belief is that the ability for young men and women to be able to sustain meaningful work throughout their adulthood is a key component to help address the cycle of generational poverty in Coahoma County and the Mississippi Delta.
Every day ambitious young people come to work at Meraki Coffee Roasters to learn to roast coffee while building skills that will help them come closer to finding their God-given calling. While we are making excellent coffee, we teach young people in Clarksdale what it means to work with the Meraki ideals: to put soul, creativity, and love into their work. Through small batch roasting, Meraki Coffee Roasters produces excellent coffee. Small-batch allows us to have the flexibility to innovate on roasting techniques, to experiment liberally with taste, and focus on every bag upholding our high quality standards including transparency about the suppliers with which we work. By buying Meraki Coffee, you are not only getting high-quality, freshly roasted coffee, but you are also changing the lives of many young people in the Mississippi Delta.