Sexploitation-Free Coffee Shops to Check Out
A 2ND CUP
A nonprofit coffee shop, A 2nd Cup (Houston, Texas) has two purposes: to serve great coffee and bring awareness and support to victims of sex trafficking. The shop brings awareness by connecting customers to information on the issue of human trafficking and connecting people with opportunities to volunteer with local anti-trafficking organizations. Profits from the café support aftercare for trafficking victims, including housing, counseling, and job-skills training, because A 2nd Cup believes all survivors of human trafficking deserve to have a second cup—a second chance at life.
Cafe Femenino is a foundation that provides grants to programs that enhance the lives of women and their families, particularly in coffee-producing countries in South America and Africa. They work to elevate women’s voice in these coffee communities and ultimately reduce patterns of abuse toward women. Interested individuals or groups can volunteer at their auctions, hold a fundraiser, or submit a donation to support women in coffee-producing communities.
CITY GIRL COFFEE
City Girl Coffee is a sustainable and socially conscious coffee company dedicated to supporting and empowering women in the coffee industry around the world. City Girl Coffee donates a portion of every bag sold to organizations that support women coffee growers, and strives to source its beans from female growers whenever possible.
COFFEE CONNECTION: PROJECT EMPOWER
The Coffee Connection (Rochester, NY) provides employment training and job creation for women, in recovery from addiction, trauma, and homelessness, as a not-for-profit business that sells fair trade, organic coffee to retail and wholesale customers. In partnership with Project Empower, they provide comprehensive, continuous support for women on their journey toward sustainable recovery. Three coffee shops also provide job opportunities to struggling women who receive valuable employment training and improved interpersonal skills. By providing a valuable mix of counseling and pre-employment training, the Coffee Connection has helped many women create new lives for themselves.
Cozzee is a social good company that sells specialty coffee online and allows the customer to impact the world by giving the profits from the purchase to a cause of their choosing. One of the causes available to choose from is ending sex trafficking. Buying just two bags of coffee can provide one month of counseling to four survivors of sex trafficking.
INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S COFFEE ALLIANCE
The IWCA is a global network of women in coffee that advocates for the reduction of barriers for women in coffee producing countries by providing access to resources and creating a forum in which to connect with other women throughout the coffee chain. IWCA’s goal is to give women independence by empowering them with the knowledge and monetary support that will help shift the role of women in coffee growing communities.
ORIGIN COFFEE & TEA
Origin Coffee & Tea (Rocklin, CA) is a nonprofit coffee shop that supports the rescue and recovery of sex trafficking victims. All proceeds go toward eliminating the sex trafficking of young women, primary through the International Justice Mission and Agape International Mission. The shop is volunteer driven and all baristas and cashiers are members of the local community who volunteer their time.
PURPLE DOOR COFFEE
Homeless persons are especially vulnerable to exploitation, and the Purple Door Coffee (Denver, CO), as a specialty espresso bar and coffee shop, contributes to ending exploitation by employing homeless teens and young adults who want to leave homelessness behind. The name comes from the fact that historically the color purple is the color of royalty. Their philosophy is that every person, no matter their station in life, has unsurpassable worth and deserves to be treated like royalty. Purple Door Coffee hopes to be a place of not only employment, but also restoration for those who want to reclaim life.
SECOND CUP COFFEE CO.
With more than 325 cafés across the country, Second Cup Coffee Co. is Canada’s largest specialty coffee retailer. All their coffee and tea sold is fairly traded, Organic Crop Improvement Association certified, Rainforest Alliance certified, and Ethical Tea Partnership certified. At Second Cup Coffee Co., “Every sip is responsible.”
Smoffee is a coffee brand that supports ending human trafficking. A portion of proceeds from every purchase goes toward supporting the Wayne Foundation, which is committed to fighting human trafficking, child prostitution & child sex exploitation one victim at a time by providing individuals with a safe home environment that will empower them with the tools they will need to stop the cycle of abuse. It is the Wayne Foundation’s intention to end commercial sex exploitation within the United States through direct victim assistance, public outreach, and by directly working with those who shape the policies and statutes which impact victims and their abusers.
THISTLE STOP CAFE
Thistle Stop Cafe (Nashville, TN) is a branch of Thistle Farms, a company which proudly serves a story of women’s love and empowerment with each cup of coffee. It employs graduates of its community program who have survived trafficking, addiction, or prostitution.
Thistle Farms is a haven for women healing from lives of being bought, sold, and exploited. Mainly, it provides a residential support program for hundreds of women inmates through housing, medical care, and job training. Thistle Farms is guided by 24 spiritual principles, which allow the women to flourish both personally and economically. The company sells natural bath and body products as well as handmade gifts, all made by women as part of a global marketplace called Shared Trade. The thistle’s prickly appearance acts as a symbol for the rough and troubled experiences of the women they serve and employ, while recognizing the tenacity and capacity for beauty of its growing flower.
THREE TREE COFFEE ROASTERS
Three Tree Coffee Roasters (Statesboro, GA) is a coffee roaster and shop with a three-fold mission which includes empowering farmers, ending human trafficking, and engaging the community. To achieve this mission, they partner with and support local and international organizations committed to ending current day slave labor. Two organizations they have supported include Georgia State University’s International Justice Mission and Rahab’s Rope.
WOMEN’S BEAN PROJECT
The Women’s Bean Project (WBP) is a transitional job training program based in Denver, Colorado, for chronically unemployed and impoverished women. Through the transitional employment opportunities provided at WBP, women develop the job readiness, interpersonal, and life skills necessary to create a new future—for themselves, their families, community and economy. The WBP provides jobs in gourmet food and handmade jewelry manufacturing. Their sexploitation-free products, including a range of coffees and teas, can be purchased from their website or through online retailers.