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Coffee Kids partners with communities to foster the creativity and entrepreneurial spirit needed to protect the future of coffee farming. Founded in 1988, Coffee Kids was the first nonprofit within the budding specialty coffee industry dedicated solely to improving coffee farmers’ quality of life.  In the 27 years since Coffee Kids’ inception, we have partnered with over 200,000 coffee-farming families in over 400 communities, and a generous base of supporters from both within and outside of the coffee industry to empower farmers to improve their lives and livelihoods.

Coffee Kids started operating as an independently run program of Hanns R. Neumann Stiftung North America in 2015. Hanns R. Neumann Stiftung North America is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit which has over 250 staff within its network in countries throughout Latin America, Africa, and Asia, providing deep and lasting support to coffee farmers and farmer organizations, many of which have worked previously with Coffee Kids. Coffee Kids still relies on the generous support of its donor community for program funding, and this funding can now go even further in reaching farming communities with access to the network of Hanns R. Neumann Stiftung North America.


Collaborating with the next generation of coffee farmers to realize their full potential as part of the global coffee community


We envision:

  • a world in which coffee farmers thrive
  • a world in which coffee-farming communities are self-sustaining, and families have a life of dignity
  • a global coffee community in which everyone has an equal seat at the table

Coffee Kids provides training, mentoring, and financial support to young coffee farmers so that they can implement creative solutions to the challenges they face in the changing coffee industry. Climate change, generational shifts, migration, land pressures, inadequate access to financial services, and fluctuating coffee markets are barriers to young farmers’ success. We work in collaboration with all sectors of the supply chain to foster their entrepreneurial spirit in overcoming these barriers.