A priory of monks who turned to coffee production to support not just themselves, but a convent of nuns, and pro-life causes have been so successful that they are now looking at expanding their coffee-roasting operations by 600%.
According to Life Site News the Benedictines of Our Lady of Guadalupe Monastery near Silver City, New Mexico, broke ground on a new 9,000 square foot coffee roasting facility in July 2019. The monks hope to have the exterior finished in the first months of 2021 and the interior completed by the summer. The monks currently produce about 43,200 pounds of coffee a year.
“The new facility will house a bean storage warehouse, roasting room, grinding room, packing room, office and visitor center. It will also feature a larger capacity roaster that should increase the amount of ‘Abbey Roast’ coffee the monks can produce by 600%,” the news platform reports.
The monks undertook the new build because steadily increasing sales, year-on-year, meant the demand for their Abbey Roast coffee had outstripped their ability to supply what was required for the market.
“We do a lot of the work ourselves, and when we have the funds—when people donate—we hire regular crews,” Brother Bernard, Obl. S.B. told LifeSiteNews. He also said that the coffee blend was a secret known only to the monks.