Bed-Stuy coffee maker sends proceeds to children in Senegal

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A Bed-Stuy man has started his own coffee brand in an effort to give back to his home country in West Africa.

In the back of a Bed-Stuy home is a coffee production area, where Birane Seck is living out his mission to serve.

Seck is the owner of Coffee Touba, where he hand makes coffee and sends a portion of the proceeds to his home country of Senegal.

"For kids that are in very bad situations, because kids are being raped, are being kidnapped, are being treated in very bad conditions, we wanted to support those kids by creating facilities where they can have a better life," says Seck.

At the age of 13 Seck says he learned to make coffee, a tradition in Senegal that is passed on through generations.

Seck says he starts his day making coffee, roasting and grinding the beans using natural, organic ingredients.

"Coming to America, it was hard to find good coffee, so I decided to make my own coffee every morning and serve it to my guests, to people who come here, and they give me the idea, 'why don't you start give it to people? because this is the best and a great, unique coffee you making right now,'" says Seck.

The entrepreneur says he makes about 100 pounds of coffee a day.

Seck is finding success with his company, selling his coffee in stores and restaurants around the city. 

After selling his coffee for over a year now, he says he hopes his company will grow and continue his mission to help others.

"Helping the people as much as we can and bring the peace and also to make it better and greater, and bigger,” says Seck.

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