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 nonprofit within the budding specialty coffee industry dedicated solely to improving coffee farmers’ quality of life. Since Coffee Kids’ inception, they have partnered with over 200,000 coffee-farming families in over 400 communities, and a generous base of supporters from both within and outside of the coffee industry to empower farmers to improve their lives and livelihoods. Coffee Kids started operating as a program of Hanns R. Neumann Stiftung North America in 2015.

Stephan Koch
Partnerships Manager Coffee Kids

Coffee Kids collaborates with the next generation of coffee farmers to realize their full potential as part of the global coffee community.

The vision is:

  • A world in which coffee farmers thrive.
  • A world in which coffee-farming communities are self-sustaining and families have a life of dignity.
  • A global coffee community in which everyone has an equal seat at the table.

Coffee Kids provides training, mentoring, and financial support to young coffee farmers so that they can implement creative solutions to the challenges they face in the changing coffee industry.  Coffee Kids works in collaboration with all sectors of the coffee supply chain to foster the entrepreneurial spirit of young farmers in overcoming these challenges.

Quick Facts About Coffee Kids

Young Farmers reached since 2015.

Countries reached since 2015.

Thriving farmer businesses financed with $37,000.

Coffee Lovers

Monthly donors are the lifeblood of our work, giving us certainty and flexibility to invest where we’re needed most. Even a small amount each month–maybe the cost of two cups of coffee?–can make a tremendous difference in the lives of young farmers.


We hear every day from coffee shops, roasters, coffee merchandise suppliers, and other companies that they want to contribute to sustainability, but they don’t have the time or resources to embark on the long and complex process of designing and implementing their own initiatives. Joining the Coffee Kids Supporter Circle is a simple and cost-effective way to join your peers in protecting the future of our industry.


For corporate partners who want Coffee Kids to be a major part of their sustainability and social good strategies, we can tailor a partnership to reach the regions and audiences you care about.

Annual Report 2019

In Builders, Changemakers and Leaders we bring you inspiring stories of young farmers investing in coffee and their local community. Learn how our focus on youth keeps coffee close to home, improves food security, and inspires small business development. We demonstrate the accomplishments of the past year and share testimonials from our supporters who are committed to the future of coffee and the next generation of coffee farmers.