“Free Coffee for Free People” will be held Thursday from 6-9 p.m. at Three Tree Coffee on South Main Street in Statesboro.
“From the beginning, our hope was to use coffee to bless people,” said Three Tree co-owner Philip Klayman. “This event is consistently the highlight of our year as it is the most tangible way we accomplish our mission. The concept is simple. We give free coffee. You give to an organization we support.”
For the Free Coffee for Free People event, Sarah Tellis from True Justice International will speak about law enforcement’s role in ending human trafficking.
Also, three baristas will compete in a “Barista Olympics,” with representatives from local law enforcement acting as judges. Plus, there will be a competition with prizes for customers to guess which of Three Tree’s coffees they are drinking.
Most importantly, Klayman said, there will be free coffee with opportunities to donate to True Justice International and 50 percent of all sales beyond the free coffee will be donated to their safe house construction.
“Ideally, we want Free Coffee for Free People to be a community event, where we all drink good coffee and support good causes,” Klayman said.
Klayman said the mission behind Three Tree Coffee focuses on three things: Empower coffee farmers, end human trafficking and engage the community.
Some organizations Three Tree Coffee has partnered with to help accomplish their mission include: Safe Haven, Fair Trade, Café Feminino and Rahab’s Rope.