Where it all began
Back in 2003, Karen Cebreros and Kimberly Easson planned a women-only coffee trip to Nicaragua and Costa Rica. Their goal: To encourage a better understanding of the issues faced by women at origin and create connections between women in all segments of the coffee industry.
It worked. In three short days in Nicaragua, women from diverse backgrounds connected and discussed ways to make a difference through their trading relationships. From this trip, the International Women’s Coffee Alliance (IWCA) was born.
A crowded breakfast
Later that year, the fledgling group scheduled a breakfast at the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) annual conference in Boston. The response was overwhelming. Nearly 100 women showed up – far more than the 30 expected. Women from all over the world ate while balancing plates on their knees. No one wanted to leave. There was a warm and energized atmosphere as women shared stories and networked.
By the time the 2005 SCAA conference was held in Atlanta, the group had blossomed into an organization containing hundreds of women. Speakers came from Rwanda, Nicaragua, and the USA. Group sessions were held to discuss the needs and interests of women working in the coffee industry.
A remarkable track record
Since its founding, the IWCA has remained focused on promoting possibilities for women in coffee communities throughout the world. For a relatively young organization, IWCA has accomplished a tremendous amount.
With the generous support of donations from individuals and industry partners and through an incredible amount of donated volunteer time, the IWCA is poised to increase its impact on women’s lives throughout the global coffee community. Be a part of our efforts – you can make a difference in women’s lives!
Make a Difference
Help make a change in the lives of these women by joining together with countless women and men in the coffee industry. Join, donate or volunteer your time and expertise to the IWCA and help us in our plight to promote possibilities for women in coffee around the world.