#womenincoffee #PressforProgress

March 8th is International Women’s Day, a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. But please don’t mistake celebration to mean that the work is done. This year, the International Women’s Day Foundation chose the theme #PressforProgress. And much like our shared focus on celebrating and empowering women, the IWCA also shares their “strong call to motivate and unite friends, colleagues and whole communities” to continue pressing forward to achieve impact through diversity and inclusion.

As a global network, IWCA makes it possible for chapters in 22 countries and supporters across nearly every continent to come together with a shared, inclusive focus to connect, empower, and advance communities through #womenincoffee. As a platform, IWCA provides the framework to harness, organize, and amplify the drive of individuals to become organizations driving change across communities, countries, and industries.

Through IWCA, the diverse coffee value chain – roasters, retailers, growers, academics, and others – becomes an inclusive forum to #pressforprogress. Whether working to identify shared challenges and explore solutions, networking to advance and support one another at industry events, leveraging resources to rally in response to tragedy, or simply reaching out across the miles to learn from one another – IWCA provides the forum for diverse men and #womeincoffee to inclusively #pressforprogress.

Witness just a few examples of this diversity and inclusion in action across the IWCA Chapter network in the 2017 IWCA Activities snapshot gallery, in the perspectives of IWCA Chapter women on the IWCA YouTube Channel, or across our network of supporters who rally to raise the funding necessary to sustain our organization.

This International Women’s Day, please consider how you can #pressforprogress. Visit our donation portal at https://www.womenincoffee.org/takeaction/ to make a financial contribution, check out the IWCA Volunteer Opportunities to dedicate your time and expertise, organize a Community Event to raise funds and awareness, or follow retailers like Peet's Coffee who contribute 10% of their Sisterhood Flight proceeds to IWCA. Whatever the avenue, we value and appreciate your support to amplify and accelerate the work of #womenincoffee to #pressforprogress!

IWCA Community Events: Making It Happen!

February 2018 was a busy month for IWCA supporters. Thank you to each and every individual and organization for your energy, investment, and dedication to support our advancing women in coffee. Here's a recap:

February 13: Temple Coffee Roasters Latte Art Throwdown. Sacramento, CA

Temple Coffee's event was a smashing success! Kelly Hill, Temple Coffee Director of Education, shared the following, "We filled a bracket of 48 spots. There was a line of at least 35 people waiting outside before sign-ups began at 6:00pm. I saw a lot of new faces and first-time competitors. Our judge panel consisted of 3 of Sacramento's finest coffee women, Grace Silva (Temple production roaster), Elvira Conty (Chocolate Fish Coffee's trainer), and Katie French (Camellia Coffee Roasters). 

We served beer from local brewery, Tilted Mash, and pizza from Old Town Pizza, another local favorite. The brewery and pizza traded food and beverages for Temple gifts cards. Everyone else involved was a volunteer.

We had approximately 100 people come through to compete, spectate, and support the IWCA through purchasing one of the custom mugs we designed, buying raffle tickets for some of our sponsored items, and by purchasing some very limited edition coffee beans. The beans were roasted by Temple's head roaster, Jake Deome, and were sent to us from Ruth Church at Artisan Coffee Imports from Rwanda. The Rwanda beans were given to every competitor, judge, and volunteer. We made 100 8oz bags. The leftovers were available to the attendees for a donation. 

We will be co-hosting a second throwdown in Truckee on 3/31 to raise more funds for the IWCA through competitor sign-ups, mug sales, and donations."

Thank you, Kelly for sharing your report, and thank you to everyone who participated and contributed to the Temple Throwdown's success! Below are a few pictures that Natalie Quatch, Temple's Designer, snapped throughout the evening:

February 13: Hops & Hearts Community Gathering. Sheridan, CO.

While the Sacramento community was throwing down to support IWCA, the Sheridan, CO community came together to enjoy some delicious brew, great conversation, and support IWCA. Jasmine Segura, the Hops & Hearts event organizer had this to share:

"The event was attended by coffee professionals and friends alike. Attendees were culturally diverse baristas, roasters, artists, photographers, and writers. It was a unique event that fused typical coffee events with a diverse local, community feel. People who learned about the IWCA were intrigued and incredibly supportive."

To Jasmine and everyone who participated, the IWCA Global network is incredibly appreciative of your energy and support. Thank you for thinking "outside the box" to gather people together for good times and a great cause!

Feb 25: Milkfloat and Heartland Tech, Latte Art Throwdown. Wichita, KS

Rebecca McNelly, Owner of Heartland Tech, shared these takeaways of the high energy event hosted to support IWCA in Wichita, KS:

"The Latte Art Throwdown at Milkfloat brought in competitors from Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Arkansas and even Colorado! There were 16 competitors in a double elimination style bracket that went head to head with predetermined pours. It went hearts, tulips, rosettas and then custom pours. The judges even threw them a curve ball and made the final pour into macchiatto cups! 

The first 10 competitors went home with URNEX cleaning kits, and 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prize went home with amazing prizes from Heartland Tech, Baratza, Urnex, and Barista magazine! Our emcee was a local coffee shop owner named Angelo from R Coffee House who is also in a band and does freestyle rap. So the energy was up and the competition was fierce.

Our judges were Cliff Bragg from Milkfloat who also hosted the event, Sarah Leslie Executive Council chair of the Barista guild of SCA, and Ryan Chipman of Yepocopa Coffee. Ben Parham from Topeka Coffee took 3rd place, Luke Ortiz from Airship Coffee took 2nd, and Derrick Wessels owner of Beagle Coffee Co. took 1st place!"

Thank you to everyone for your energy, enthusiasm and support. Congrats to all of the competitors!

Partnership in Rwanda focuses on 100% Women


Angelique Karekezi, President of the IWCA Rwanda Chapter and Managing Director of Rwashoscco, has shared with the IWCA Global Network that the Rambagira Kawa cooperative has a new partnership with German social business start-up Kaffee-Kooperative.de.

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The Rwandan women's only cooperative, and IWCA Rwanda Chapter member, Rambagira Kawa is partnering with Kaffee-Kooperative to introduce Angelique's Finest, coffee 100% Made by Women, to the German market. Kaffee-Kooperative is currently crowdfunding the project at https://www.startnext.com/angeliques-finest. The project is supported by women's right organization TERRE DES FEMMES and German women's magazine BRIGITTE. The crowdfunding takes place from January 13th to February 25th, 2018.

Angelique's Finest is a specialty coffee, that is grown in the volcanic mountains of Rwanda, from seed to cup produced by women. All profits from the sale are being returned to the cooperative to support independence and participation by women and their families. The arabica coffee is marked by a soft sweetness, a touch of chocolate and a hint of citrus. Angelique's Finest is Fairtrade certified. If the crowdfunding is successful, the coffee will be available in Germany mid 2018.

Dr. Melanie Grundmann of Kaffee-Kooperative.de add this perspective on IWCA: "Kaffee-Kooperative.de and our partners in bringing Angelique's Finest to Germany, women's rights organization TERRE DES FEMMES and women magazine BRIGITTE, appreciate the work of IWCA chapters worldwide, empowering women in the coffee business through trainings, education and networking to become independent and entrepreneurial. Collaborating closely with Angelique Karekezi, Rwanda chapter head of IWCA, ensures that the women producers of Angelique's Finest get all the support they need and secures the credibility that our consumers expect."

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2017: Oh! What a year!

Thank you to all who supported IWCA in 2017. Whether in the form of an inkind donation, recurring financial support, event sponsorship, or strategic partnership, your contributions - coupled with the drive and dedication of IWCA Chapters - helped to make many accomplishments possible. We are proud to share several of the highlights below:


As we look toward 2018, we need your support to accomplish more: chapter capacity building, development and execution of strategic initiatives, and the business, coffee, and leadership training essential to achieve our mission...to name a few. Please consider a donation today to join our work!

#IWCAGivingTuesday: Help Empower Women In Coffee

IWCA Giving Tuesday

Tuesday, November 28th is #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving. This day for fundraising started in 2012, and leverages the power of social media and the general good in people’s hearts to kick off the holiday season. Participation is simple and up to you - find a way to give back, share via social media, and ask others to join you. This year, our #IWCAGivingTuesday goal is to raise a minimum of $10,000 , equivalent to 5 scholarships to support IWCA Chapter women to participate in industry events. 


Download the IWCA Giving Tuesday image above here  and announce today on your social media page that you will support IWCA for #GivingTuesday. Pledge amount can vary based on individual budgets.  

Sample announcement: Drink coffee? Want to support women in coffee? Join me in supporting IWCA https://www.facebook.com/IWCAGlobal/ this #GivingTuesday. Let’s help them reach their goal of $10,000. Comment below if you’re in and I’ll match $5 per donation.  #IWCAGivingTuesday #GivingTuesday #WomeninCoffee #IWCAGlobal

Post at least twice before announcing your final donation on Nov. 28.  Be sure to thank your friends and family for their support!

Provide your donation to IWCA via Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/IWCAGlobal/ .


Shopping this season... #CYBERMONDAY? Your purchase  on Amazon  can also support IWCA  with no additional cost to you . Simply use this  Amazon Link  when you shop, and Amazon will donate to IWCA on your behalf.  It’s that easy!


Supporters of the IWCA Coffee Days fundraiser helped raise $1500+ , with additional contributions still coming in! 

Questions? Suggestions? Interested in a company matching funds program for #IWCAGivingTuesday? Please contact Mansi Chokshi, IWCA Strategic Alliances Chair