Common Good Coffee Doing Good in the World
For the common good
When we started Common Good Coffee Roasters, our mission was two fold; to make good coffee available to as many people as possible and to make drinking a cup of coffee good for everyone involved, starting with the farmers - coffee for the common good.
Common Good is proud to sponsor Coffee Kids, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that partners with coffee farming communities to "foster the creativity and entrepreneurial spirit needed to protect the future of coffee farming." Coffee Kids supports and encourages the needs, goals, and dreams of the individuals and families that make quality coffee production possible. Since its founding in 1987, Coffee Kids has partnered with over 200,000 coffee-farming families. CK works specifically with young farmers to help them navigate the many roadblocks that are making many young farmers leave the coffee industry of their families. (coffeekids.org) Please take a moment to read this excerpt on Coffee Kids' approach to supporting the coffee industry.
"Coffee Kids is partnering with young farmers to create youth-focused entrepreneurship hubs. These groups will provide the space where young men and women can learn how to use their creativity and ideas to to develop productive enterprises in coffee and other industries that provide services to their communities. They are sharing their ideas, experiences, and frustrations and working together to solve their problems. Coffee Kids is providing training and mentoring in developing these hubs, but the ideas and creativity come from the participants. Coffee Kids provides seed capital as a tool to help participants turn their ideas into action. The groups are deciding collectively what type of fund will be best suited to their communities. A number of guidelines have been established to ensure that the investment will ultimately benefit the young coffee farmers’ enterprises and will ultimately become self-sustaining. Recognizing the importance of including young women in our groups, we have developed community-specific methodologies to facilitate their participation." (coffeekids.org)