Everyone in our community – especially coffee retailers and roasters – has the power to spread awareness about challenges faced by coffee farmers that threaten livelihoods. For consumers, coffee companies are the portal to high quality coffee and the people who grow it. Coffee shops are community gathering places, led by creative entrepreneurs who understand the challenges of running a small business — much like the coffee farmers we work with. Our partners in the specialty coffee industry are important advocates for farmers, because they know how much work goes into producing and delivering high quality coffee.
How can a creative, generous, entrepreneurial coffee company work with us? Become a Sustaining Partner.
We are working with communities representing over 8,000 coffee-farming families in Mexico, Nicaragua, Colombia and Guatemala. By donating at least $20 a month, or $240 a year — Sustaining Partners provide families with ongoing, critical resources necessary for lasting food security.
Your company will be featured on our website and social media pages, 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!
Other ways to support coffee-farming families
A donation box on the 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.
Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to Food 4 Farmers whenever you shop through our charity link at: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/27-2267267
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.