In  2016, the conversation started with, "How do we take a bag of coffee and turn it into suicide prevention?"

Shortly after, Hope for the Day began a partnership with friends, and local roaster, Dark Matter Coffee to create specialty-grade bags of coffee named "Sip of Hope," which were soon stocked in Chicago-area Whole Foods stores.

In 2017, Hope for the Day pitched the idea of opening a joint-venture coffee shop that could serve as a space to provide resources and hold education in a community setting. As a physical presence of Hope for the Day's mission, the goal was to meet people where they're at and empower them to be proactive to the mental health of themselves and others. From there, the fundraising began. 

Sip of Hope Coffee Bar opened its doors for the first time in May 2018, surrounded by friends, family, and members of our community who helped us reach this huge milestone. The cafe is not only a place to grab a delicious cup of coffee or tea, but the brick-and-mortar representation of the work that Hope for the Day does every day to break the silence of stigma. Whether providing physical resources, holding events within our space, or partnering with the public library located across the street, having a physical space provided numerous new opportunities to connect with our community. Sip of Hope is the world’s first coffee where 100% of the proceeds support proactive suicide prevention and mental health education, and all of our baristas are trained in mental health first aid. 

As of October 2020, Sip of Hope Coffee Roasters was born! As an exciting step in our journey, Sip of Hope began roasting our own coffee with the overall mission of making community resources as accessible as possible while continuing to provide a delicious cup of coffee. We also launched our online store and began shipping our products nationwide! We are excited to continue to grow and serve our mission of starting the conversation around mental health and suicide, one cup at a time.
At Sip of Hope, community is everything. When we began our journey into importing coffee, community was one of the most important factors. We looked to communities where we could build relationships, the farmers are being treated ethically and paid well, and where we can impact the community with our mental health programs as well. After meeting with our contacts at San Cristobal Coffee, we felt great about building a future with them and the incredible coffee they import from Nayarit, Mexico.
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