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 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 the support of Hanns R. Neumann Stiftung based in Hamburg, Germany.

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

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. We work in collaboration with all sectors of the supply chain to foster their entrepreneurial spirit in overcoming these barriers.

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.

Despite representing 80% of farming families world wide, smallholders produce less then 20% of the world's coffee.

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The average smallholder coffee farmer owns two hectares of land and has 1-2 coffee harvest per year.

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The net income of a typical 2-hectare coffee farmer in Guatemala is less than $2,500 per harvest.

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Research suggests that Climate change is going to halve the area suitable for coffee production in the coming decades.

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The average age of coffee farmers is 56 years old begging the question of who will grow our coffee in the future?

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There are more young people in the world than ever before, creating unprecedented potential for economic and social progress.

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Team Members


Our U.S.-based staff provides leadership as well as fundraising and administrative support to field offices in Central America, Colombia, and Tanzania, helping make their work with young coffee farmers possible.

Supporters Circle


By partnering with Coffee Kids, you join a growing group of forward-thinking individuals, companies, foundations, and shops who understand that coffee is more than just the best part of the day—it is an experience we care about. Coffee is a crop that can help lift people across the world out of poverty, and an industry that many of us rely on. Join Coffee Kids to do your part in protecting the future of coffee by joining our Supporter’s Circle today!