Coffee Kids was founded in the USA in 1988 as the first independent NGO to specialize solely on improving the livelihood prospects of young coffee farmers. Great pioneering work has been done with many youth in various communities from coffee producing countries. In 2015, Coffee Kids became part of Hanns R. Neumann Stiftung (HRNS) and has been a programmatic frontrunner in the foundation’s youth approach ever since. Under the umbrella of HRNS, the program has been continuously developed, condensed, and today focuses with full force and dedication on a small number of carefully selected multi-annual projects in which lasting improvements are achieved. Since HRNS took over Coffee Kids, the program has worked with 700+ youth in Colombia, Guatemala, Honduras, and Tanzania. The global network and the support of HRNS are great assets for Coffee Kids.

Coffee Kids


Coffee Kids is one of the HRNS programs where we work directly with youth as we believe that the future of coffee begins with young farmers. Therefore, Coffee Kids collaborates with the next generation of coffee farmers to realize their full potential in the global coffee community.

We envision:

  • A world in which young coffee farmers thrive and are able to unleash their potentials.
  • 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.

Training Approach

The three-pillar approach combining training, mentoring and seed financing has proven to be effective in improving the livelihood perspectives of young coffee farmers up to an age of 35 years. The support of Coffee Kids enables youth to build on their family’s coffee legacies and remain active in coffee farming while diversifying their income with innovative businesses. Coffee Kids works in collaboration with all sectors of the coffee supply chain and local communities to foster the entrepreneurial spirit of young farmers in overcoming their challenges.

Young Farmers in the coffee field

Current Projects

Coffee Kids is currently implementing three projects in Guatemala, Honduras and Tanzania reaching 330 youth. Learn more about the project activities in Coffee Kids Phase IV in the Coffee Kids Mid-Year Report 2021.

Coffee Kids Phase IV (01.01.2021 – 31.12.2021)

130,000 USD

3 Countries

12 Months

330 Youth

Our 3-minutes campaign

Hanns R. Neumann Stiftung’s 3 minutes campaign about Coffee Kids wins iF DESIGN AWARD 2021 in the category of communication design! The campaign, developed by melting elements gmbh for Coffee Kids, creates awareness to support the next generation of young coffee farmers! It tells a story about how good coffee starts much earlier than in your neighbourhood cafe, or at your local coffee roaster. It starts with young coffee farmers, with someone following their dreams.

In the end it only takes about 3 minutes to make a coffee, which is the amount of time to learn and understand about the situation and needs of young coffee farmers around the world.

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Contact Person

If you want to find out more about Coffee Kids or would like to become a member of our Strategic Supporter Circle, please contact:

Stephan Koch
Program Manager Coffee Kids

Coffee Kids Mid-Year Report 2021

Learn more about the project activities in Coffee Kids Phase IV and download the Coffee Kids Mid-Year Report 2021.