Engage With IWCA at the SCA Expo in Seattle

Every year the international coffee community comes together at the Specialty Coffee Expo. This event brings together professionals from every step of the coffee supply chain to discuss, learn, and network. This year marks a significant milestone for IWCA as we celebrate the organization’s 15th anniversary.  As a global network, IWCA connects communities in 22 countries who have come together to achieve a shared vision (i.e. IWCA Chapters) with supporters across the Americas, Europe, and Asia to connect, empower, and advance #WomenInCoffee. In Seattle, we hope you can join us at one of the events outlined below, meet the many women and men of IWCA, learn about work underway, and discover potential points of alignment with your own efforts and priorities. 

IWCA Breakfast 

We have refreshed the format of this annual event and you will not want to miss it! This year’s breakfast will feature four interactive conversation areas led by IWCA chapter members and partners.  Discussions will cover a range of topics including market access and emerging markets. Attendees will have the option to choose which presentation they would like to participate in and there will still be plenty of time for networking and Q&A! We will be announcing presentation topics and speakers on social media, so be sure to purchase your tickets here and RSVP for this event on Facebook

IWCA Booth On The Expo Floor

We are excited to welcome more than thirty chapter leaders to the SCA Expo. Make plans to visit us in booth 2819 for the opportunity to engage with leaders from across the IWCA Global network and learn more about our continuing partnerships and programs. 


We invite you to attend two special cupping sessions being held in Seattle at the SCA Expo. In addition to tasting 25+ coffees you will also have the opportunity to meet and connect with IWCA producers. Please RSVP to this event on the IWCA Facebook page to help us ensure we can accommodate all attendees. 

  • The April 19 cupping will be held in room 618.
  • The April 22 cupping will be held in room 615.

Additional cuppings hosted by specific IWCA Chapters include:

Additional Events highlighting #WomenInCoffee


Friday, April 20 9:00am: Farm Profitability – the Impact of Best Practices and GAP. IWCA board member, Ruth Ann Church, will sit on a panel discussing farm-gate pricing, best practices, and profitability. 

Friday, April 20 9:00AM: Making Specialty Coffee Work for Women - Collaborative Incubator Models to Help Specialty Coffee Farmers Reach Their Full Potential

Friday, April 20 10:30AM: Mentorship in Specialty Coffee: Students Become the Teachers. IWCA board member, Mansi Chokshi, will sit on a panel discussing the importance of mentors for developing coffee professionals. 

Friday, April 20 10:30AM: Strengthening the Links of the Coffee Value Chain by Integrating Gender

Saturday, April 21 9:00am: Resilient Coffee?: What “Resilience” Means & Why This Matters for All Members of Coffee’s Supply Chain

Saturday, April 21 10:30AM: The Social Inclusion as a Value Generator for the Coffee Industry

Sunday, April 22 10:30AM: Confronting the Healthcare Inequality Gap: Creating Care Networks for Women Coffee Farmers Using a Scalable Approach Built Upon Natural Connections. 


Thursday, April 19 6:00pm-8:00PM: #ShesTheRoaster Seattle

Saturday, April 21 2:30PM-5:00PM: Film Showing: Gender Equity in Coffee - A Documentary

Not attending SCA Expo in Seattle?  
Learn about other opportunities to support
IWCA on our website.










#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!