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FIT LOCAL MARKET NEEDS

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IN THE LOW $400s

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"IT REALLY IS CHANGING THE WORLD, ONE CUP OF COFFEE AT A TIME, RIGHT?"

- LEE COWAN

"DAMN
THAT'S GOOD
COFFEE"

- ANDERSON COOPER

"THIS IS A VERY SPECIAL CUP OF COFFEE THAT WE ARE HAVING HERE"

- MICHAEL STRAHAN

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Who is the
Laughing Man?

The belief in the power of joy to bring people closer is what defines the Laughing Man spirit.

 

Beginning with the coffee that puts mornings into motion and fuels extra hours of life late into the night, we have always understood that every interaction is an opportunity for joy.

 

From field to cup and wherever we meet, our mission is the same: to bring the shared joy that bonds communities.

 

Because the more we laugh together, the better we live together.

CEO & CO-FOUNDER: DAVID STEINGARD

In our Duane Street Cafe

WE'RE PROUD OF OUR FOUNDERS' STORY

AND EVERY CAFE WILL FEATURE IT ALONG WITH

OUR FOUNDERS' SIGNATURES 

Hugh
Jackman

FOUNDER

Barry
Steingard

FOUNDER

David
Steingard

FOUNDER

*While Hugh is no longer involved with running the business,
he is still a friend and proud founder of the Laughing Man Mission and Foundation.

FOUNDERS' STORY
(click here to read the full story)

Who is the laughing man? Well, the truth is, you are. Because the spirit of laughing man lives wherever people come together in friendship, commonality and, most importantly, joy.

 

And the story of Laughing Man begins in one such place: A small farm in a tiny village calledKochere, amidst the lush greenery of Ethiopia'sYirgacheffe region-the birthplace of the famous Arabica coffee bean. 

 

It was 2009 when our founder, Hugh (Jackman-actor and coffee lover, but, until then, not much of a farmer) and his wife, Deb, traveled to the region to see just what it takes to grow the beans that the world takes for granted, every single day. 

At the end of a long and bruising seven-hour drive across the rugged landscape, they arrivedto a warm welcome from a farmer namedDukale and his wife,Agnesh. With open arms, home-cooked food and-of course-coffee, the hosts took the visitors into their family and their community. In Hugh's own words, this meeting "changed the way I saw the world completely." 

 

As Hugh went to work digging,planting and irrigating alongsideDukale, he saw the daily hardships the farmers faced. However, he also felt the warmth, generosity, and infectious positivity that flowed through their community. 

 

After planting two trees together-whichDukale named for Hugh's children-the pair laughed and sipped traditionally brewed coffee inDukale's home (in Ethiopia, coffee is never drunk alone). Here, Hugh was struck by something more than the sweet smell of cardamom wafting through the air: It was a sudden awareness of the bond he andDukale had built, despite the immense differences in their lives. 

 

Somehow-through laughter, joy, and common endeavor-they had melted away barriers, crossed borders, transcendedeconomics and arrived at a place of pure, shared humanity. 

 

It was Hugh's original All Be Happy moment-all made possible by the wondrous product of theirlabour he drank from the small, handless cup he held in front of him. 

 

And in that moment, this new perspective on humanity, community and coffee allowed Hugh the glimmer of an idea. 

 

By using the unifying pleasure of coffee to share a little of this experience, he reasoned, a company and its customers could change life forDukale and many, many farmers like him. 

 

On his return to New York, Hugh looked to his own community to nurture this seedling thought. His friends,Barry and DavidSteingard, had grown up in the business and seen bonds formed over the joy of coffee day after day. But in Hugh's idea, they could see how those small moments could add up to something bigger: Local coffee communities supporting the global coffee family, united by their shared passion and for the benefit of all. Andso the Laughing Man Coffee Company took root. 

 

Today, our Laughing Man family, through fair trade and the Laughing Man Foundation, continues to support farmers around the world. By bringing the All Be Happy ethos to everything we do, we are constantly creatingthe shared moments of joy that build stronger bonds between us all. 

 

While Hugh is no longer involved with running the business, he is still a friend and proud founder of the Laughing Man mission and Foundation. We continue getting beans fromDukale's trees.So there's always a little of that original All Be Happy moment somewhere in the coffee we serve. 

 

From coffee. For community. For joy. For all. 

Laughing Man Foundation

The Laughing Man Foundation supports coffee farming communities by investing in programs that clear the way to health, growth, and success for coffee farmers and their families. Investments are made in community-based programs, such as infrastructure, education and housing programs to complement the Fair Trade premium that farmers receive.

Let's Build Something Together

Thinking of bringing our unique shared laughter, smiles and purpose to your community? While we’re open to single unit development in thriving suburbs and secondary markets, we highly encourage multiple unit development with experienced management teams in large markets nationwide. Let's build your exclusive territory together!

Steps to Ownership

1. MUTUAL EVALUATION

2. SUBMIT APPLICATION

3. INITIAL CALL

4. RECEIVE FDD

5. DISCOVERY MEETING

6. BOARD APPROVAL & BACKGROUND CHECK

7. DOCUMENT SIGNING

8. ONBOARDING & LOCATION SEARCH

If our coffee shops and foundation sound intriguing, you’ve already taken the first step. Go a step further to learn more of our plans to manifest joy by creating memorable coffee centric moments.

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