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Celebrating Women in Coffee

Posted by Jacquie Salloum on

“The mission of the International Women's Coffee Alliance (IWCA) is to empower women in the international coffee community to achieve meaningful and sustainable lives; and to encourage and recognize the participation of women in all aspects of the coffee industry.” - IWCA

We are determined to do our part in the IWCA’s mission; not just for the month of March but consistently across our day-to-day operations and growth strategy. We prioritize this in our hiring practices and selecting partnerships.

Java Blend team #BreakTheBias

We are proud to say that our overall team is made up of 58% women, 4% men and 38% non-binary employees. Our management team includes ten incredibly intelligent, talented and accomplished women. We are confident in their ability to effectively run our businesses, challenge our limitations, and continuously push us to be better. Several have moved up from various entry-level roles throughout our organization as they thrived from day one, while others bring a wealth of knowledge from their education and past experiences in the coffee industry.

Our Management Team

  • Liz Bishop, Director of Coffee
  • Jess Fallone, Head Roaster
  • Crystal Innes, Wholesale Supervisor
  • Juliette Wang, Coastal Wholesale Manager
  • Doreen MacLean, Administrative Team Manager
  • Haley Braun, Office Manager
  • Sami Robar, Health & Safety Manager
  • Reesa Sorrell, Java Blend Café Manager
  • Breanna Son, Cortado Café Manager
  • Acacia Lawrence, Cortado Assistant Café Manager

Our Farm Partners

When selecting our farm partners, we always ensure that their values are inline with our own cultural values of honesty, integrity, safety, support, and respect. Unlock Herstory was made with beans sourced entirely from women producers in the Cajamarca region in Northwestern Peru. Their co-op, COOPAFSI, has provided strong support for gender equity and women grown coffee for a long time. They have a committee led by women in their cooperative that is tasked with financial decisions including distributions of loans, farm improvement projects, and community education.

Las Damas coffee co-opWe are dedicating our Community Cups March roast to Adsum for Women & Children. Our Community Cups Day will be held on International Women’s Day, March 8th.  

Let’s “Unlock Herstory” together and #BreakTheBias through prioritizing supporting women across the coffee industry, highlighting the many amazing women-owned and women-run local businesses in our community, and uplifting the women around us who have experienced bias and hardships.

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