Meet our farmers

Farmers bring their knowledge, skill, and hard work to make your coffee delicious—passed down through generations, and adapting to modern times. Our featured coffees rotate as they are available. Here you’ll find details on all our beloved farmers, producers, and coffee workers.

burundi

JEANINE Niyonzima-Aroian

Jeanine Niyonzima-Aroian is a prominent champion of Burundi coffee. The founder of JNP Coffees, an organization centered around women’s empowerment, Jeanine is continually finding ways to benefit an ever-broader community of farmers. She came to the U.S. to earn her MBA at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School. Along with JNP Coffees, Jeanine started a non-profit, Burundi Friends International, and has also grown the Burundi chapter of IWCA (International Women’s Coffee Alliance) to more than 2,000 members. Through her work, she has improved Burundi coffee’s traceability and quality, while also earning premium prices for farmers. She continues to advocate for women’s empowerment, expanding support throughout Burundi with numerous other initiatives.

colombia

Association of women Coffee Growers

AMUCC's Colombian coffee comes from an association of women in the Cauca region of Colombia, the Association of women Coffee Growers of Cauca. In early the 2000s, they joined together and initiated a partnership with a Spanish coffee roaster, Supracafe, to establish and promote their coffee association. Their coffee is of the highest quality, due greatly to the high altitude, humidity and volcanic soil of their area - earning them fair trade and organic certifications at the source. This location was also a battlefield not too long ago, between the FARC, the ELN, and the EPL, leaving many of the women widows.

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Ethiopia

BEDHATU Jibicho

Bedhatu Jibicho has been producing coffee for over 50 years on her 84-acre farm in Gedeb district. Bedhatu employs 20 year-round workers and 130 seasonal workers – primarily women. Her sons have started an export company, Roba and family, who export her coffees as well as others in the region. They have invested in localized coffee cherry collection sites, and contributed to local road construction projects to improve travel for everyone.

Guatemala

Doña Lilly

In the highlands of the Mataquescuintla in Guatemala, Doña Lilly and her family run Finca Santa Marta, an agro-ecological coffee farm. A childhood dream, her husband wanted to return to Guatemala to start a coffee farm, so Lilly and the family went all on. They not only run the farm, but they also export and import to the US themselves. Their kids, are also involved in the farm, growing their love for coffee, while many coffee farming kids are not taking on the family business.

In addition to running a coffee farm, they also started a non-profit in Guatemala to help local kids gain access to dental care. Learn more here!

mexico

Bella Vista Women's Co-op

Bella Vista is a women’s co-op of 168 family-owned farms in Chiapas, Mexico. Rosalba Cifuentes Tovia is the woman behind the efforts, ensuring the group receives higher prices for their coffee, and guaranteeing traceability by importing directly to the Bay Area. Check out an interview with Rosalba, and visit the women’s co-op website: Mayan Harvest Coffee.

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