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Wize Monkey

"Award-winning tasty teas crafted with coffee leaves."

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Wize Monkey sells a line of coffee leaf teas.

Wize Monkey was founded with a mission to help stabilize the economy and incomes of workers in coffee farming. In the traditional coffee industry, work is seasonal employing most workers only during the three to four month long harvest. This often leads to hungry families and children leaving school too young to find work. By creating a product with the leaves of the coffee tree, Wize Monkey is able to provide year-round farming opportunity to workers on their partner farm Finca la Aurora in Matagalpa, Nicaragua. The farm is powered by on-site hydroelectric power, and goes beyond fair-trade standards, providing farmers with fair wages, housing, daily meals, and cultural facilities. The farm uses responsible biodynamic processes to nourish their plants and enrich the soil.

Founders Max Rivest and Arnaud Petitvallet learned about the health benefits of coffee leaf teas and the seasonal cycles of coffee farming while attending business school in Bordeaux, France. After graduation, they traveled to Nicaragua to search for suppliers, eventually partnering with their third Founder, Enrique Ferrufino, a third-generation coffee farmer who studied agronomy at Purdue University and finance at University of Toronto.

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Max Rivest, Arnaud Petitvallet and Enrique Ferrufino




Vancouver, BC, Canada