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LONG BEFORE TODAY’S BRANDS HAD EVEN HEARD OF FAIR TRADE, ONE COMPANY WAS QUIETLY HELPING LOCAL COMMUNITIES WORK THE LAND AND BECOME SELF- SUFFICIENT. They grew coffee, tea and cocoa and put profits back into the plantations, and the pockets of the people who lived on them. That company was Hamodava, conceived by William Booth’s son Herbert Booth, in 1897. Now, since fading from our shelves in the 1920’s, it’s back. Hamodava Coffee has returned, grown the way it was always grown – with the utmost care and a century of expertise, and with the same intent of sharing what is made, with the ones who make it. Now, coffee lovers in New Zealand and the world over can share in this simple philosophy, choosing to drink the best quality coffee and knowing the satisfaction they gain from drinking it, is only part of the story. It all begins with a portion of the purchase price of this pack going directly to The Salvation Army’s front line social work.

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Since 1897

By 1750, tea had become the national drink of England and it didn’t take long for tea to also become part of the way of life down under. There was money to be made in importing and selling tea. Commandant Herbert Booth, in command of The Salvation Army in Australia and New Zealand in the late 19th and early 20th century, saw the market as a means of financing the work of the Army, particularly its missionary work.

So Hamodava was born

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In 1897 Commandant Herbert Booth envisioned a practical way to fund the work of The Salvation Army in communities locally and globally. This year marks one hundred and twenty years since we first launched the finest drinks. Hamodava, the original […]

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