Coffee Kids, a project of the non-profit coffee foundation Hanns R. Neumann Stiftung (HRNS), is excited to announce the arrival of its second crop of green coffee from next-generation farmers in the Trifino region (the tri-border area of Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala). The coffee will be available for tasting in New York City on Sept. 27 at a joint event held by InterAmerican Coffee and Coffee Kids. Click here for more details: thefutureofcoffee.splashthat.com.
The coffee comes from 33 young people, ages 15 to 39, who part of the Coffee Kids program — which seeks to help young producers reach their full potential as part of the coffee community. The coffee, called Honduras Coffee Kids Uniocafe, is now available through importer InterAmerican Coffee, which continues to increase its commitment to coffee communities.
On Sept. 5, InterAmerican announced a $20,000 donation toward an expansion of the Coffee Kids program and Feed the Alliance for Resilient Coffee, a joint USAID and HRNS program that builds farmers’ resilience to climate change.
“It’s our responsibility to care about the future of coffee and to support the most vulnerable participants in the coffee supply chain: the small producers,” said Florian Benkhofer, CEO of InterAmerican.
Specifically, the funding will immediately support:
In Huehuetenango, Guatemala:
Rural Business Workshops that include climate-adaptation trainings and farmer-to-farmer demonstration plots to share Climate Smart Agriculture practices — as well as individual trainings on managing climate challenges through coffee drying and processing techniques.
In Chimaltenango, Guatemala:
The development of specialty microlot programs for women coffee producers; efforts to grow connections between producer associations and exporters; and steps to strengthen existing farmer groups and minimize the influence of local intermediaries.
In Trifinio (the tri-border of Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala):
Quality training on how climate hazards can affect coffee quality and techniques for managing risk through specific drying and processing practices. And leadership training for young producers, and especially young women, to embolden them to see themselves as leaders, entrepreneurs, and mentors within their communities and the coffee supply chain.
“I am very excited that InterAmerican is joining us on this journey to encourage young farmers to dream big, continue their family traditions of coffee farming and particularly to help them withstand the threats of climate change,” said Jan von Enden, managing director of HRNS. “To be taken into consideration by coffee professionals like IAC is a huge motivation boost for the youth. They’re not looking for a handout but for a partnership—and we thank IAC for providing that!” •
About Coffee Kids
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 non-profit within the budding specialty coffee industry dedicated solely to improving coffee farmers’ quality of life. Since its inception, it has partnered with more than 200,000 coffee-farming families in more than 400 communities and established a generous base of supporters from both within and outside of the coffee industry to empower farmers to improve their lives and livelihoods.