In the spring of 2009, Terry Munoz and Marnix Guillaume, the fathers of Sam and Evan, respectively, met one another as a result of their mutual involvement in the organization Friends of the Orphans.
It wasn’t long before the two knew they were both touched by the tragic loss of a young son, and that both of their sons shared a passion for helping underprivileged and orphaned children in Latin America.
Not long thereafter, the two began helping one another in fundraisers for their sons’ similar causes. As time passed, they realized they could improve upon this model by joining efforts and starting Sam and Evan’s Coffee, and directing all their proceeds to helping kids in need.
The coffee was grown from the cause.
Around this same time, and unbeknownst to the other, the two came to know of the Velasquez family coffee growers in Honduras. These 100% Fair Trade and Bird-Friendly growers were opening international eyes to the potential for high quality Honduran coffee. By what seems like a stroke of fate, Sam and Evan’s Coffee had found its grower almost before the search began.
What they have created together since is now a labor of love. High quality coffee grown and sold to support even higher causes.
From your very first sip of Sam and Evan’s coffee, you will know you have done something special to make a difference in the lives of many kids. And what a tasty sensation that will be. Enjoy!
Evan Guillaume was a Senior at the University of Colorado at Boulder, majoring in English. He had the easy self-confidence that comes with being an athletic, handsome and outgoing young man, but he was caring too. After graduation, he had plans to live in Latin America for a few years, doing Mission work and helping the less fortunate.
The seed for Evan’s post-graduate plans were most likely planted when he was a Junior in high school and had just returned from a mission trip to Cuernavaca, Mexico, where he worked with Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos, an organization dedicated to helping orphaned and impoverished children around the world. It was an experience that, upon learning of Evan’s passing, led his older brother to take an unorthodox break from medical school so that he could work at a medical clinic in Guatemala in Evan’s honor.
Evan touched the lives of many. A frequent anecdote recalled by friends that perhaps best sums up his personality was that Evan had a habit of seeking out the kids at a party who were maybe too shy or out of place to enjoy themselves, and making them feel at home. Evan was a happy kid, and he wanted others to be so too. This side of Evan touched everything that he did, right down to the way he played soccer – as a mid-fielder, helping his teammates score rather than taking the glory himself.
Sadly, Evan was taken from this world too soon to see his post-graduate plans completed. It is why we bring to you Sam and Evan’s Coffee in his honor, so that we might fulfilling even a small part of the good he hoped to contribute around the world.
Sam Munoz was an outgoing and popular kid who loved life. Rather than saving his popularity for his own enjoyment, Sam cared deeply for others, particularly the underdogs or outcasts, and was quick with a helping hand. Sam once said that his favorite place in the world was San Andreas, Guatemala where he spent time in his early teens caring for abandoned and orphaned children and doing projects to better their living conditions.
Sam was a faith filled kid and a great baseball player who had planned to one day play college ball. By the age of 15 he was already trying out in front of Major League Baseball scouts. However, his work ethic carried with him beyond the baseball diamond. On his many mission trips, Sam was known as a hard worker, whether it was wielding a pick ax and pushing a wheelbarrow to dig a pig farm, or pouring concrete to build a tilapia pond.
An honor roll student who excelled in Science and Spanish, Sam hoped to one day study medicine, perhaps so he could become a pediatrician. Ultimately, his plan was to open a practice in Minnesota, so that he could afford to go on frequent mission trips to Latin America where he would offer his services for free.
Today, in Guatemala near the village of Parramos, stands a soccer field built in his honor. Sam’s name is printed on every light post, illuminating a safe place of joy and passion for young athletes, just as his radiant smile once did for family and friends before his passing.
Sam Munoz was driven by his passions. It is only fitting that in bringing you Sam and Evan’s Coffee, we too pursue our labor of love.