One story isn't enough to understand a person or a place, so we should be sharing as many stories as possible. The Women in Coffee Project aims to create a platform for women who are leaders as coffee producers, importers, and exporters to offer their perspective in this complex industry. We will rely on social media to help us bridge the gap between consuming and producing countries and give all of us the chance to see, hear, and speak to one another.
Our long term — year-round, ongoing — goals are to continue to promote awareness of gender equity issues in coffee-producing countries, and host panel events annually for female leaders at origin to share their experience.
All year long we will create a diverse series of tastings, talks, and community outreach efforts. This programming will target all audiences affected by the industry of coffee, advocate for awareness of issues surrounding gender equity, and encourage activism and engagement at an individual level.
Who We Are
The Women in Coffee Project was founded in 2018 by a small group of folks working for Joe Coffee Company. It started with an idea for a single event and then expanded out of a desire for effective and meaningful opportunities for people in the coffee community to listen together and act together.
We are a small group of activists volunteering our time for this project. We create our own programming, and promote the programming of other groups in New York City and the wider community. All funds we raise are safe-guarded by Joe Coffee Company, but 100% of what we raise goes directly toward our events.
You may notice we don’t have too many photos of people producing coffee. We firmly believe in asking permission for photos, and also of only using photos here of women we either know, support, work with, or communicate with directly. As our Project grows and we meet and learn from more women within roles of leadership in producing or the logistics of coffee, we hope to share their stories, and that will include their photos. If you have someone you would like us to meet — and photos of them you would like to share — please get in touch!