S&D Coffee & Tea Sponsors Inspirational Change
As the coffee industry addresses growing challenges related to supply chain sustainability and category growth, S&D Coffee & Tea has committed to being an active and collaborative partner with organizations working to ensure the health of the industry. In the area of women’s empowerment in the coffee industry, the work of IWCA stands out. Through sponsorship of their annual breakfast at the SCAA Expo, S&D was able to help IWCA chapters from around the globe come together to collaborate, learn and promote their businesses. An added bonus was being able to meet the women, engage them in conversation about their part in the coffee industry – whether farming, running a mill or exporting – and hearing stories of how the IWCA has made a difference in their businesses, families and communities. What a great way to experience the impact of the sponsorship – up close and personal. The active and vibrant IWCA chapters participating in the breakfast demonstrates that the work of the IWCA is having an impact. S&D Coffee & Tea is pleased to have been able to play even a small part in that work.
S&D Coffee & Tea is the nation’s largest custom coffee roaster and supplier of iced tea to the foodservice industry. S&D is also a leading producer of liquid extracts. In continuous operation since 1927, the company serves over 90,000 customers through national distribution and direct store delivery. In 2013, S&D Beverage Innovations introduced MilkSplash™, a character-based flavoring platform that makes drinking milk awesome. Kids young and old now enjoy enhancing their milk and cereal with flavor friends like Jammin’ Banana, Orange Cream Dream, Strawberry Swirl and Cocoa Loco. For more information about S&D Coffee & Tea, go to www.sdcoffeetea.com. For more information about MilkSplash™, please visit www.milksplash.com.
Worlds apart but shared goals
Artis Coffee has partnered once again with IWCA to offer coffee specially from IWCA Burundi chapter. And not only is Artis is investing in the women at origin from Burundi, but is also reinvesting the in the Chapter by pledging to donate $5 for every pound sold back to the Chapter. This is what we call a win-win-win situation! Read more about Artis Coffee's commitment to the IWCA Burundi Chapter at their blog found here. Thank you to Artis Coffee for joining IWCA to empower women in coffee in Burundi.
IWCA at the International Coffee organization
IWCA President, Desiree Logsdon and Chapter Relations Co-Chair, Josiane Contrim represented the International Women’s Coffee Alliance (IWCA) at the 114th Session of the World Coffee Conference from March 2-6. The semi-annual event was held at the ICO headquarters in London.
The ICO’s mission is to strengthen the global coffee sector and promote its sustainable expansion in a market-based environment for the betterment of all participants in the coffee sector. The IWCA holds a seat on the Private Sector Consultative Board and represents the voice of gender issues in the global coffee community.
During the meeting world coffee market conditions including supply and demand were discussed. In summary, 2015 will be a year of deficit in the coffee market. Additionally, 2015 will be a key indicating year for the future of coffee supply because stocks in Brazil, the largest producer of coffee, are depleted and the crop is very volatile due to drought. This will effect both supply and quality. Production of Arabica beans is off -2.8% and Robusta beans are down -3.7%. Both of these shortages are due to the drought in Brazil.
It is predicted that if increased consumption stays on pace, we will need 13M more bags to support world consumption by 2020. According to ICO’s conservative prediction, consumption is expected to grow 1.8% world-wide (ICO takes a conservative approach in predictions). Drivers of increased consumption include an increase in the USA, driven by Hispanic population, single serve coffee and increased consumption in Germany, Japan and Canada.
One might wonder how supply can be down and yet prices are down? The ICO suggested two explanations; coffee stocks are being depleted and currencies in key markets such Brazil, Colombia, and Indonesia have been devalued.
The ICO was proud to announce the 1st Global Coffee Forum and the 1st International Coffee Day which will be held in Milan, Italy from September 28-October 2. The IWCA delegates will look forward to attending this exciting event.
Click here to learn more about the ICO.
International Women's Day: Celebrating Girls and Women in Coffee
The following is an amazing story about Devi, a woman coffee farmer in India, and her daughter Jyothi, as written by Divya Belliappa, a member of the IWCA India Chapter.
Devi, as she is fondly called by her family members, is in her early forties, but she is not just a single mother to her six children, but she is also a loving daughter, sister, auntie, and a friend. All roles she juggles with ease and sincerity putting behind all her sorrows and perils of life.
Married at a very tender age of 16, she never imagined what was in store for her. Little did she know her husband was an abusive alcoholic. Not a single day went by without being beaten up black and blue. With all this, she managed to deliver her first child, a robust little boy. With the child in her arms as an incentive to look beyond, she mustered courage to walk out of her marriage and return to her mother.
[Devi's] Mother was already burdened to take care of her large family, so Devi felt she was adding to her mother's woes. At this point in life, she met Nanja who promised her a good life and being very naive and innocent, she readily accepted him as her second husband.
Initially, life seemed to settle down and she was happy with him. She bore him a daughter Sunitha, followed by lovely twin boys Vinod and Ramu, another daughter Jyothi and another son in quick succession. As the family grew, so did her problems. Nanja also took to alcohol and all her earnings from the coffee estate were spent on his dalliance. Nanja stopped working and Devi ended up benig the sole bread winner.
During the day, she would work hard on the coffee estate, only to return home to be abused and beaten up by the drunk husband. All efforts of counselling Nanja went in vain. He was diagnosed with stomach cancer and died after a prolonged illness.
Since then, Devi has taken control of her life. Her only aim and goal is to educate all six of her children. She has realised the importance of giving education to her children; so she has enrolled all of them in the nearby government-run school, which fortunately has very supportive staff.
Today, Devi is a proud mother of Bolka, who is currently pursuing 12th grade, Sunitha who studied up to 9th grade, Vinod and Ramu are currently studying in the 9th grade, and younger daughters Jyothi and Shivy are both in the 5th grade.
Devi, single handedly, not only looks after her ailing old mother, but her big family as well. She does not miss a single day of work even if she is sick and is ever willing to shoulder additional work to earn that extra rupee.
She is now dreaming of a day when all of her children can stand on their own two feet and she can finally call it "quits" and take it easy.
Jyothi speaks the Yerava language at home and the medium of instruction in the Government run Hathur School she attends is Kannada. Jyothi is now studying in the 5th grade. Academically, she is brilliant and wants to study well and become a teacher in her school. During my conversation with her, I was curious to know why she wanted to be a teacher. Her reply was very simple, but the message was loud and clear. “There are so many girls like me in my neighbourhood, who are scared to come to school to study. I want to motivate such children and tell them that it's the best place to be. I want to be a kind and loving teacher so that they will love coming to school”.
May her dreams come true!
You can help others girls in the Karnataka coffee growing region just like Jyothi to go to school by making a donation to IWCA's Community Improvement Pillar.
From a political activist to being a peace activist, Joji Pantoja knows what transformation can do to a person. Whether a farmer or an advocate, the change starts from within. And even in farming and planting coffee, the being, the self must first be whole to be able to commune with Nature. Sounds esoteric? Biblical? Even ethereal? That belief has made Joji convert coffee farmers into responsible community leaders and peace builders.
Up in Bansalan, Mt. Apo 1700 meters above sea level or similar Indigenous People’s areas, Joji and her team can stay for about six weeks for the total training module. And all these to teach them how to farm and pick the best coffee available. Why six weeks? The training is not just about digging a hole, putting a seedling this high and watching it grow. The training involves values formation, before anything else.
And the coffee tastes good. My colleagues in the Philippine Coffee Board Inc. (PCBI) stopped by Joji’s outlet in Matina , Davao City where her café called COFFEE FOR PEACE is located. Open until 11 pm or sometimes until 2 am so that those who may have had one too many can chug a cup of coffee before heading home, Joji proudly hosted us for late afternoon coffee.
Around the store you will see wall hangings from the Maranaw, Tala-andig musical instruments, a fishing cage used as a lampshade, a table with sewing machine bottoms. I was thrown back to Malate in the 1980s where eclectic cafes were in fashion. But the café envelops you in her cause. That of helping Lumads or IPs become better coffee farmers. While also developing their inner selves.
We met a Canadian intern in the store and another American Mennonite intern in her processing center. These lads will stay with her for one year to eat and breathe the cultures of the IPs Joji works with. And mind you, as interns, they pay her for training. Good deal, don’t’ you think? She gets extra hands in the café or in her factory while getting paid to teach these youth.
I could feel the passion of this woman whose desire is to make great Philippine coffee known to the world. Sounds familiar? I could relate to her desire to teach the farmers, one community at a time, one village at a time, one family at a time.
After a round of coffee, we headed to her processing center where Joji the innovator works. She has designed coffee drying beds of all shapes and sizes, of low to high budgets, so farmers can dry their coffee on raised beds and not on the ground where it is exposed to foreign matter, including dirt and stones.
She showed us how quality coffee is exported in small microlots (one sack at a time) to Canada and the USA. She showed us her family of peace builders who sort the coffee with care, day in and day out. And this is why her coffee goes to a company I came across in the USA called Level Ground Trading. This company gets only from direct sources such as Coffee for Peace. I have seen the gondolas of Level Ground in a fair trade store chain called Ten Thousand Villages. These stores are all over the USA and Canada. I was so proud to see a Philippine-sourced Level ground package when I used to just see Africa and Latin America in their packages.
In fact, I saw these coffee in Ten Thousand Villages just before I opened the ECHOstore in the Philippines and it has admittedly inspired me to make ECHOstore a place for artisans and small producers—in coffee, cocoa and everything else we proudly produce in the country.
I asked her what she dreamed for Coffee for Peace in five years’ time. She replied while driving her trusty four wheel drive vehicle: “I want to see Philippine coffee around the world,” she starts. Check. “I want to teach farmers the whole value chain so they can even own their own café,” she continues. And this will soon be reality. She plans to open a “KAPE-yapaan” (a play on the local word for PEACE which is Kapayapaan) in Valencia, Bukidnon, where farmers will be running the enterprise. Tasting their good coffee. Serving their own coffee.
Indeed, besides peace-building in communities, she also builds enterprises, and empowers the farmers to be the proud farmers and retailers of their coffee products.
She may as well be our Ambassador for Peace. Peace not just in conflict areas like Mindanao, but peace also in conflict zones like our own homes, our own communities. Also peace within ourselves.
Yes, this is coffee for peace.
Written for IWCA by Chit U. Juan, IWCA Philippines Chapter
IWCA & NEWS
Financing a Win-Win-Win for Women
When Karen Cebreros, one of IWCA’s Founders, saw that some women coffee producers were not able to get a jump start or keep up with their finances in order to focus on improving their product and/or taking care of their families, she formed a nonprofit organization that would help to provide the financial support necessary to the women in origin. Earth’s Choice Women of Coffee Microfinance Fund (Earth’s Choice), now staffed by an Executive Director, Roberta Lauretti-Bernhard, has a short-range goal of providing women with access to affordable financial services, financial literacy, and business training to enable them to create a profitable business.
Leveraging IWCA’s strategy of “success through localization,” the partnership between IWCA and Earth’s Choice will form a powerful platform that will connect women entrepreneurs in the coffee industry to much needed fiscal resources. Utilizing the IWCA network of chapters and thousands of women coffee producers, Earth’s Choice will expand access to its financing system based on the proven Grameen Bank microfinance methodology. Improved access to capital will bring critical stability to women, their families and communities as these female entrepreneurs build profitable and sustainable businesses. Earth’s Choice reports that women who have participated in its programs demonstrate an increase in their incomes, which allows them to gain better access to healthcare and education, providing healthier diets for their children while maintaining their valuable coffee forests.
The effort between IWCA and Earth’s Choice is a win-win-win for women of all parts of the spectrum of coffee.
Huff Post Impact: Women In Coffee
Lesley Chilcott wrote an article for the Huffington Post that was published on January 14, 2015 that features IWCA founding member of the Costa Rica Chapter and past President of IWCA Board of Directors, Grace Mena.
A Small Section of the World is Big News for IWCA
IWCA is proud to be a part of the documentary that's peeling back the layers on the world of women in coffee. A Small Section of the World, a documentary following a group of women from a remote farming community in Costa Rica, shares a world of women's empowerment, the risky business of coffee, and how a cup of coffee can transform lives. IWCA's own Grace Mena, past President of IWCA Board of Directors and a founding member of the IWCA Chapter in Costa Rica, was featured in the film because of her role helping ASOMOBI, the group of women coffee farmers, to become one of the top coffee producers in Costa Rica.
For more information on A Small Section of the World, please click here.
To host a viewing party and raise money to transform the lives of women coffee producers in the 16 other countries (besides Costa Rica) in which IWCA has Chapters, email Farah at email@example.com.
Read about A Small Section of the World in the Reuters article here.
Norway's Aftenposten - Coffee Contributes to Brazil's Economic Success
IWCA's work to raise the skills of small farmers and help coordinate negotiations for fair coffee prices in the small town of Divinolandia, Brazil is the feature of this article in Norway's largest newspaper. Read the translated story.
Coffee & Tea Trade Journal - In Their Voices - Women in Coffee Part II
Part II of the series on women in coffee focuses on women from El Salvador, the Philippines and Burundi who are innovating, teaching and giving back to their communities and the impact this is having on the farms and communities. Written by IWCA VP Kelle Vandenberg.
Chido Govera, 2014 IWCA Luncheon Speaker, Featured in Coffee Podcast
Chido Govera, the guest speaker at the 2014 IWCA Breakfast at the SCAA convention, is featured in Coffee Awesome's recent podcast in "Chido Govera: The Future of Hope."
Coffee & Tea Trade Journal - In Their Voices - Women in Coffee Part I
A two part series that shares the stories of two women in coffee. Their stories describe the cultural and financial struggles they faced and how they found their voices through the coffee industry. Written by IWCA VP Kelle Vandenberg.
Business Mirror - Empowering women in the coffee industry
Kat Mulingtapan, IWCA Membership Co-Chair, is profiled in this article that discusses how she began working in coffee and her role in IWCA. Kat is a key member of IWCA and works closely with chapter members to empower women entrepreneur's in the coffee industry.
Huffington Post - The Global Search for Education. Women - Part 3.
The Huffington Post profiled how women have great influence the world economy, but also fast cast discrimination worldwide. IWCA was featured as a successful sample of how international support can work in a collaborative way to accelerate the process of gender inequality.
BBC - Harnessing the Power of Women
This piece discusses how developing women entrepreneurs promotes rights for women. IWCA members are interviewed and describe the IWCA chapters roles in empowering women in the international coffee community. Listen here.
International Trade Center - "Empowering Women Coffee Producers in East Africa"
ITC highlighted the launch of IWCA's new chapters in Rwanda and Tanzania. The chapters are also part of ITC’s Women and Trade Programme. Read more here.
NPR's Coffee Week features IWCA
Allison Aubrey's story "Step Aside, Gents. Witness The Rise of Women in Coffee" talks about IWCA's mission and the work of Margaret Swallow, a founder of IWCA. Listen here.
Food, Nutrition & Science Highlights IWCA's Work
The February Issue of Food, Nutrition & Science from the Lempert Report discussed IWCA's role in empowering women and promoting possibilities for women in coffee communities throughout the world. Read more on their website.