“Coconut oil is medicine.”

On the show with me today is a good friend of mine, Tyson Adams. This is Tyson’s second time coming on The Traveling Cup. On Episode 33, we dove into everything about his amazing philanthropic startup, Jhai Coffee House. It’s one of my favorite episodes because it talks about one of my obsessions – coffee.

He started the world’s first coffee shop in Laos that gives back 100% to its community. So far, they’ve constructed 9 clean water wells, sent 4,000 kids in 35 schools and gave access to clean water and hygiene education.

They’ve built a café that acts as a social business which educates the farmers in the community about specialty coffee, and a coffee warehouse which has been wonderful in providing infrastructure for the farmers to basically maximize the earning potential of their coffee.

Tyson is here with me today to talk about his latest venture with Zuddha Coconut Oil, and this is a unique turn in Tyson’s entrepreneurial path, and I’m really excited to talk about how Tyson connected these dots.

Tyson Adams

On this Coffee Chat:

  • Tyson’s journey from Jhai Coffee House to Zuddha Coconut Oil
  • Benefits of coconut oil
  • What makes Zuddha Coconut Oil different?
  • Is it truly virgin?
  • What do you use coconut oil for?
  • Oil pulling
  • Coconut oil and breastfeeding
  • MCT oils
  • Crowdfunding tip: Keep your video short!
  • Giving back to the community


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The premium coffee scene is growing faster than baristas in Brooklyn can pump out espresso. No longer are customers happy with house blend made from a drip machine. Coffee lovers crave a new single-origin coffee bean extracted with a new brewing method each time — from siphon to the Hario v60.

But, just where do these beans come from and how much of that three dollar cup of coffee actually goes to the farmer who picked the bean? That’s the question I recently set out to try and answer. And this answer starts with a trip to Laos and a guy named Tyson.

The morning sun filters through the humid air as Tyson Adams peels aside his mosquito net, rolls out of his bed and walks downstairs to turn on the hot water and the lights of Jhai Coffeehouse.

He sets up a scale and places some fresh ground coffee beans into his Aeropress to make his morning cup of java: a favorite coffee brewing technique made popular by Tim Ferriss.

After a few sips, tourists begin to wander into Jhai Coffeehouse: the world’s first completely philanthropic coffee roaster and cafe located at the source in Laos.

Tyson first ventured into Laos during a bit of vagabonding after leaving his home in the Pacific Northwest of the U.S: an area where entrepreneurs and full-fledged coffee snobs unite over a fresh brew. He noticed that the coffee farmers in Laos produce high-quality coffee (graded 85+) and yet are paid for low quality commodity-priced coffee.

Tyson looked around. The neighboring area desperately needed water wells, new schools, and, of course, it’s own coffee shop. And the farmers needed a fair share of the coffee sale.