Coffee retailers and roasters have the power to spread awareness about issues that confront coffee farmers and their families. For coffee consumers, these companies are the portal to the specialty coffee industry. They provide community gathering places. They’re led by creative entrepreneurs who understand the challenges of running a small business — and, much like the coffee farmers we work with, they appreciate all the work that goes into producing and delivering a high quality product.
How can creative, generous, entrepreneurial coffee companies work with us? Here are just a few ways.
Sustaining Partner Campaign
We are working with communities representing over 8,000 coffee-farming families in Mexico, Nicaragua, Colombia and Guatemala. One of our most important community partnerships is with the SOPPEXCCA Coffee Cooperative in Jinotega, Nicaragua. We’re helping SOPPEXCCA develop two exiting new ventures: School Gardens at 3 area elementary schools, and a new organic farmers market led by SOPPEXCCA women’s coffee farmers. Nicaragua is the second-poorest country in Latin America, where a major challenge for rural families is limited to locally grown, nutritious food. In Jinotega, where more than 100,000 people live, the malnutrition rate is 39%. We’re committed to bridging the food gap, so there’s enough healthy, fresh, locally grown food to reach not only coffee-farming families, but the whole community.
- Seeds and planting materials for 65 students at Los Cerrones, Jinotega
- Seeds and planting materials for 65 students at Los Alpes, Jinotega
- Seeds and planting materials for 70 students at Santa Rosa de Cua, Matagalpa
Organic Farmers Market:
- Educational workshop for 20 women on organic practices
- Materials and seeds for 10 organic home gardens
- Marketing and technical support for 20 farmers
As a Sustaining Partner, you’ll receive a fabulous Food 4 Farmers t-shirt – made from coffee fiber – with your logo, along with those of other Sustaining Partners. Your company will be featured on our website and social media pages for 3 months following your donation, with a link to your website and social media pages. Most important, you’ll be making a real difference to the families who grow the high quality coffee we all love and depend on to start our day. It’s a win, win all around!
Current Sustaining Partners:
A donation box on your counter is one the easiest ways to participate. This small box serves as a messaging opportunity and a place for customers to donate without interrupting service. If your baristas rely on those precious tips, read on.
Sell your used coffee sacks
Do you have used coffee sacks taking up space? Sell them for a suggested donation price. Here’s an awesome sign Uncommon Grounds used, constructing from found materials at their shop. Last year, this great campaign raised over $1,000 to support our work with coffee-farming communities.
Per Pound Donation
Donating a fixed dollar amount or percentage of sales of coffee is a great way to go, especially if you’re buying coffee from communities or countries where we work! Brio Coffeeworks roasts coffee from Cesmach, one of our partner cooperatives in Chiapas, Mexico, and donates $1 per pound sold. It’s a great opportunity for co-branding.
Host an Event
Do you have a beautiful space? What a perfect opportunity to bring your coffee community together to support a cause, hang out, and be THAT coffee shop that had the cool party with the local microbrews…and maybe a band?
Special Drink Promotion
Do you have beautiful, Instagrammable lattes, or are trying out a special roast from one of our partner cooperatives? Tell your customers with every drink sold your shop is making a donation from the sale to fight hunger in coffee-growing communities.
E-commerce Donation Box
Addison Coffee Roasters created an online version of a donation box. After choosing the grind but before the quantity, every customer gets an opportunity to support our work.
There’s a world of ideas out there – we’d love to hear yours.
We love saying thank you all over social media, and promoting our partners. Tell us what you’d like to do – and we’ll do our best to support you and make it happen. Check out our Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter accounts for more ideas. Or, get in touch with Janice at firstname.lastname@example.org.