Coffee Kids, that’s right you’ve heard of us.

I recently attended the Baltimore Coffee Festival. The smell of freshly brewed coffee wafted through the air as I wandered up and down the aisles of this coffee wonderland.

‘Coffee Kids?’ they would ask as they looked at my name tag, I think I’ve heard of you before.

Oh yes, you’ve definitely heard of us. We work with young farmers in coffee producing countries, I said, empowering young farmers to create thriving businesses and sustainable livelihood for themselves and their families.

I explained the problem facing the coffee community due to aging farmers and youth migration. They gasped, I hadn’t even got to the shocking part yet. The future of coffee is at risk,  I stated, and to ensure it has a future we need to invest in the next generation of farmers. “How do we do that?” Well, through our Rural Business Workshops Coffee Kids helps young farmers realize their full potential in the global coffee community.  “Wow… that sounds like an amazing cause, you’re really working to empower young farmers” they praised. “Now, how do we get involved?”

Coffee Kids is an easy sell. We partner with coffee related businesses who are smart enough to know that the future of coffee begins with young farmers.

In the words of Robert Swan “The greatest threat to our planet Is the belief that someone else will save it”. Our partners are leading the coffee industry’s quest for sustainability, not only are they interested in feeding the pipeline of talent into the supply chain but most of all, they are truly passionate in empowering coffee growing communities.

“We partner with coffee related businesses who are smart enough to know that the future of coffee begins with young farmers.”

 

So thank you to all our amazing partners, and all the wonderful people I met in Baltimore. With your support we continue to awaken the entrepreneurial spirit in each of these young farmers and ensure the future of coffee.

Coffee Kids, like a phoenix rising from the ashes is stronger for the challenges we faced in our past life. This is a parallel piece in response to “RIP Coffee Kids” written by Kyle R. Freund.