Doi Chaang Coffee Co. co-founder John M. Darch joins Western’s Hospitality Services in celebrating the institution’s conversation to a Fair Trade Campus with a special event from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday at Einstein’s in the Natural Sciences Centre. Darch will be on hand to tell his personal story, as well as share some of the eatery’s new wares.
The Doi Chaang Coffee Co. was founded in 2006 when the Akha farming cooperative of Doi Chang Village, a community situated on a mountainous hillside within the Chiang Rai province of Northern Thailand, reached out to Darch, a Vancouver businessman. Together, they formed Doi Chaang Coffee Co.
As part of a Fair Trade Campus conversion, all Western residence dining operations, along with six campus eateries, switched from Starbucks We Proudly Brew coffee to a local, fair-trade, organic coffee producer – Fire Roasted Coffee – in September 2014. Great Hall Catering has been serving Fire Roasted Coffee for more than five years. Encounters in the Social Sciences Centre switched to a Tim Horton’s self-serve operation.