Kainos Coffee is a locally roasted, family owned business in the Columbia Gorge fueled by a mission to give back.
Our company started when two childhood best friends, Austin Roberts and Marten Boyden, joined forces to make their very first coffee roaster... from scratch. They were passionate and scrappy, and piece by piece they built an amazing roaster that was powered by a bicycle (it was quite funny to watch them take turns biking away to roast those beans over a wood fire!). Next they renovated an old trailer and made it into Kainos' very first store front! They quickly outgrew both models and opened not one, but TWO locations within one year: one in The Dalles, and one in Portland.
Austin and Marten's passions have grown to now include wood fired pizza and fresh pastries, as well as a state of the art roasting facility in The Dalles that allows customers to watch their coffee being roasted right in front of them!
Around here you won't find any pre-made, unhealthy foods or big corporate investors. You'll find fresh, homemade goods and the kind faces of family and friends who have invested in this company to make it what it is today. We love serving our customers and and our local communities both by the goods we serve and the charity work we do. Below you can read all about our biggest charity partner, Lifechild Asia, and how the coffee you buy is used to provide clothes, food and education in the Philippines to children in need. Follow us on social media to hear how we are currently supporting our local communities as well by giving back and using locally sourced ingredients. Thank you for stopping by our website, come stop by our shop so we can meet you in person!
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Your coffee will be shipped whole bean to ensure absolute freshness and flavor. We also are happy to grind your beans for you- just let us know if you’d like it ground for french press, drip or pour over!
Our Freakin’ Yum blend is a classic favorite for our customers. One sip at our shop and they’ve got to have it at home, too! This is a light roast and beloved by many, so it makes a great gift as well. From your purchase, we set aside a portion of profits to give back both in our local communities and with non-profits worldwide. Read about our charity work here.
Three origin house blend with full body, sweet flavor and a rich chocolatey finish.
All coffee made to order, freshly roasted in The Dalles, Oregon.
With our monthly subscription, you will receive one bag of our freshly roasted signature Freakin' Yum blend, beloved by our local customers at our brick and mortar location in Portland! You'll never run out of coffee--since your subscription automatically renews. Need more coffee for your workplace? Two-bag subscriptions are available too!
Coffee that gives back: LifeChild Asia
"Here- take this baby!" yelled the elderly filipino woman, arms motioning to Abby, a one year old baby girl who was standing in the doorway of their shanty house. Marten, co-owner and founder of Kainos, was walking through WaWa, a garbage dump in The Philippines, when he was asked to take Abby- a child who had been left on the dump and consequently orphaned by her biological family.
The elderly woman had been taking care of her for a few months and was desperate to get the child into a loving home that could truly provide for her needs. It just so happened that Marten was on a mission trip to LifeChild, a childrens home that helps get children out of WaWa and into a beautiful home in a near by village.
In a matter of months, Abby (pictured to the left) was able to go through the adoption process with LifeChild and is now being housed, fed, clothed and educated by the LifeChild family!
Since that trip, Marten has felt a deep desire to support LifeChild and the children of The Phillippines in anyway he can. He wanted to give more than he could out of pocket or performing constant fundraisers, so Marten decided to start a company with the initiative to give back. After teaming up with his best friend Austin Roberts, they dreamed up Kainos Coffee and immediately designated 21% their profits to helping these families.
In the lead up to opening their doors, Marten and Austin Roberts (his business partner), were discussing how much they were wanting to give back, prompting the question- well, how much would they give back? Marten told Austin to say whatever number came to his mind at the same time as he would on the count of three. They figured there would be some sort of need to meet in the middle of the two different numbers they'd say- but nope! On the count of three, they both said, you guessed it, 21%.
Finding a charity partner
Choosing a ministry or chairty to partner with to give their profit portions to was a no-brainer. LifeChild Asia Foundation was the organization Marten had first gone to WaWa with, and is ran by some of his good friends, Chad and Amy Davis (shameless plug- you can totally donate to them directly here). The kiddos pictured above are some of the children we have the privildege of directly supporting at LifeChild. "We are operating an orphanage model in the Philippines that reflects a community of families, rather than an institution. Two homes are now complete! Our community is surrounded by pineapple farms in the countryside of Silang, Cavite, PHILIPPINES (about an hour south of Manila)."
"We write a check to LifeChild every month and each time we do, our hearts fill with joy," Marten said. "It's so special to know that what we do everyday in our shop is directly influencing the lives of these kids. So with every purchase you make with Kainos, remember- you drink, kids eat."
This is the school our kids at LifeChild get to go to!
Marten (the one with the shirt on-ha!) couldn't resist getting a game of basketball in with the villagers!