Relational Harmony. Quality Coffee.
The peace in Coffee For Peace is harmonious relationships — with the Creator, with one’s being, with others, and with creation. It is through this perspective of reality and mission in life that this business was started.
Coffee For Peace was established on April 15, 2008 in Davao City. The idea began when the founders facilitated an informal conflict mediation in Maguindanao province between a Migrant farmer and a Bangsamoro neighbor. The two were trying to kill each other for the ownership of the rice field ready for harvest, regardless of who planted the rice or who owned the land. Instead of shooting each other, the two were invited for a dialogue over coffee. Since then, the two avoided killing each other. They started inviting other members of the community to have coffee together — for peace.
We’re committed to our promise
Our promise is to continually improve in our business practices specifically to help protect and enhance the environment, to walk with the farmers as they strive to improve their lives, and to support the peacebuilders on the field.
We’re an inclusive business community
We are a community of conscientious individuals who are passionate about Inclusive Development. We grow our coffee business for people, peace, progress, partnership, and planet.
We’re justice-and-peace advocates
Starting in armed-conflicted areas in our country, we work with coffee farming communities using Peace and Reconciliation (PAR) principles and practices. PAR is a set of knowledge and skills that include justice advocacy, peacebuilding, conflict transformation, and the promotion of active non-violence as a way to resolve conflicts. The end-purpose is to redeem broken relationships, to bring about healing, and to experience reconciliation.
Coffee farmers, entrepreneurs, workers, and servers who are relatively enjoying harmonious relationships tend to be more energized to continually improve in who they are, what they do, and what they eventually have. Therefore, they tend to produce and serve others with excellence. Here, continuous improvement means quality coffee.
We’re a supplier of world class Arabica and Robusta coffee.
The thousands of cups of coffee served by our professional baristas in our coffee shop received double thumbs up from international NGO executives, foreign missionaries, visiting diplomats, and local business leaders. We started receiving local and national orders for the coffee beans we use. Our coffee products have been graded as ‘specialty’ and ‘premium’ in accordance with Coffee Quality Institute and Specialty Coffee Association of America.
We ship our coffee beans globally
Wherever you are in this planet, we will be happy to ship quality coffee based on our current supply. Please email us: email@example.com.
Where to find our coffee
We work with selected coffee outlets who also seek continuous improvement in their customer service.
Visit Coffee For Peace Café—our show room in Davao City
We embrace and celebrate the culture of Mindanao even in the design of our coffee shop. In partnership with young, Mindanao-based and culturally-sensitive architects, we proudly present our showroom at One Oasis, Ecoland, Davao City. Come and experience what we’re all about. Location
What Others Say About Us
Coffee farming is helping indigenous people in the Philippines to protect the environment, preserve their ancestral lands and secure their financial future. They are doing so through an organization called Coffee for Peace, one of the winners of a UN-backed award that celebrates innovation. Read More
Beyond helping coffee growers get a better deal, CfP aims to encourage dialogue between communities, with tensions ranging from colonial-era conflict between native Muslims and Christian settlers to land and resource disputes between ethnic groups. Read More
St. John’s University, New York
Coffee for Peace is creating a system for the indigenous people of the Philippines to give them a way to succeed and to help them achieve things that they would not be able to do without the training that they receive from the company. They help people solve their own personal disputes with others while also helping them to earn a livelihood in order to provide for their families. They help connect people and give them hope. Read More
It is not difficult to understand that even rebels can get attracted to the idea of coffee farming. Their habitat is the mountains, they need decent livelihood, and they need a fair trader to buy their produce. It counts less what their political affiliations are because in time, all that will count is their contribution to the economy and the society, and how their enterprise becomes pivotal to laying down their arms and joining the fold.
It is with this noble objective of not thinking what her enterprise can give her financially that Coffee for Peace won the Bid Challenge in 2011 and became a finalist in the Developmental Social Enterprise Awards of PwC Philippines and the Benita & Catalino Yap Foundation. Read More
PhilStar – StarWeek Magazine
MANILA, Philippines – From a political activist to being a peace activist, Joji Pantoja knows what transformation can do to a person. Whether a farmer or an advocate, the change starts from within… Read More
Felicitas Pantoja, on the other hand, encourages peace through the use of coffee. Through Coffee for Peace, she helps improve the lives of coffee farmers through their coffee-growing model. Read More
MJCraves – Coffee Blogger
Coffee for Peace isn’t just any ordinary coffee shop. The ambiance of the coffee shop indeed was peaceful and I loved its interior design. From floor to ceiling, it’s decorated with Filipino crafts and most of all, it displayed fresh coffee beans in a bag… Read More
Mennonite World Conference
Coffee for Peace has a simple and yet elegant coffee shop in Davao City. A visitor to this coffee shop can see the advocacy for promoting coffee produced by the locals. But upon a closer examination, one will realize that this is not just promotion of the local coffee, but that it advocates peace and justice through fair trade. Read More
Mindanao Daily Mirror
Not one but six farmers growing coffee have already built new houses in Purok Pluto, which is five hours to Mt. Apo’s summit in Cotabato and Davao del Sur provinces, the highest mountain in the Philippines. These families are among the 13 communities trained by Coffee for Peace on coffee plantation management and peace and reconciliation that addresses the values of communities. The sight of the new houses upon her visit in the area last week delighted Felicitas “Joji” Pantoja, CEO and Capacity Building Trainer for Farmers of Coffee for Peace, which is a social enterprise that promotes the culture of peace through coffee. Read More
A regular client in Davao
Your coffee is the BEST in Davao. I wish that there will always be abundant harvest to continue serving us Dabawenyos and may a thousandfold blessings come back to you for the goodness of your advocacy. ~ Maria Leana C. Sanga, Davao City.
Business skills come in handy for emerging Philippine coffee industry. Coffee growers in the Philippines can be grateful that Joji Pantoja knows business. Otherwise they might still be brandishing guns rather than toting sacks of Arabica beans. For Joji and her husband Dann, who are Mennonite missionaries, the coffee trade they’ve developed among highland tribes has become an important cog in a larger peacebuilding ministry in their native country. Read More
Asian Development Bank
Years of conflict and Illegal logging have left swathes of land in the Philippine island of Mindanao in a poor state, but community involvement and modern farming practices introduced by companies like Coffee for Peace are now bringing change. Read More
Southeast Asia Globe
Filipino social enterprise Coffee for Peace is mediating disputes in the Philippines’ most conflicted region by harnessing the power of coffee as a communication tool. Read More
We listen. We discuss. We advise and develop. We love people. And we make coffee, for peace.
Lakan Sumulong. Chairman of the Board.
Joji Pantoja. Chief Executive Officer.
Tala Bautista. Senior Vice President.
Bennette Grace Tenecio-Mañulit. Vice President, Public Relations.
AJ Moldez. Vice President, Innovation Planning & Design
Joji Pantoja. InclusiveBusiness.FinancialManagement.
Tala Bautista. PartnershipDesign.
Sihaya Ansibod. ValuesTraining.
Aiza Wanay. SystemsAdministration.
Byron Pantoja. QualityGrading.
Clay Rojo. FarmingEducation.
Marriam Mabunga. BakeShop.
Edna Pantoja. FoodService.
Bennette Grace Tenecio-Mañulit. PsychoSocialPerspectives.
AJ Moldez. InnovationPlanning.
Lakan Sumulong. StoryTelling.
The balanced composition of three triangles bound in a circle—which represents the half section of a coffee bean—symbolizes our dreams and aspirations for the Philippines.
The half coffee bean is our beloved land. Our islands are typically mountainous and diverse in terrain, rich in bounty and produce. The three triangles represent the major island groupings—Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.
We see our people as a mosaic—multicultural in nature, with rich and diverse ethno-linguistic characteristics. We envision a land where all these different cultures are freely expressed. We dream of a country where all these different people groups are treated equally as they live in harmony with one another.
We see the future of this beautiful land through the lenses of faith, hope, and love. The multi-cultural people of the Philippines will mutually promote peace and reconciliation as well as inclusive development so that the present and the next coming generations will live better lives and will ultimately realize its dream-image as The Pearl of the Orient Seas.