Our Story. Our Advocacy. Our Coffee Quality.
This business is rooted in our story. Coffee for Peace, Inc. (CFP) was established on April 15, 2008 in Davao City. The idea began in 2006 when the founders helped to facilitate an informal conflict mediation, with their whole Mindanao-based peacebuilding network, between certain Migrant and Bangsamoro farming communities. The two groups were involved in an armed conflict for the ownership of several rice fields ready for harvest, regardless of who planted the rice or who really owned the land. Instead of shooting each other, the leaders of the two parties-in-conflict were invited for a dialogue over coffee. Since then, the two communities avoided killing each other. They started inviting other surrounding communities to have coffee together — for peace.
CFP started as an Income Generating Program (IGP) of the PeaceBuilders Community, Inc. (PBCI)—a Mennonite-supported peacebuilding movement in the Philippines that exists (a) to train and multiply effective Peace and Reconciliation (PAR) Team Leaders; (b) to support the leaders in organizing and nurturing their respective PAR Teams; (c) to establish contextually-relevant PAR Communities; and, (d) to develop a Network of PAR Communities.
Here are some milestones on our journey of growth
From pan roasting coffee and opening a small cafe, to backyard processing and roasting to train and control quality, to empowering farmers with the technology and tools to launch their own brands.
Peace Cafe is Born
Renovated a sari-sari store on the corner of the home Peacebuilders Community was renting as their office. This proof of concept laid the foundations for Coffee for Peace.
Coffee for Peace Incorporated
Family, friends and our community helped us raise capital to open our cafe in Davao City.
Peace and Reconciliation
+ Coffee Training
We decided to integrate Peace and Reconciliation into a specialty coffee training program that taught farmers to value their identity, their community, and their land — by journeying with them up the coffee value chain.
Kapeyapaan Farmers Association (KFA)
Coffee for Peace is a mission to give true value to the work farmers put into the land, but it has its limitations. KFA is our solution to enable farmers to build their own brands and have access to coffee processing, roasting, and training resources.
Coffee For Peace, as a business corporation and as a community, includes:
:: A Board of Directors who are made up of business executives, community leaders, creative communication professionals, and academics. They are all committed to advance the three pronged advocacy-promise of Coffee For Peace: to help alleviate the lives of the farmers and their families; to protect and enhance the environment; and, to support the peacebuilders in the field.
:: A management team led by a business talent with 20 years of world-class financial planning experience in Canada. She is a degree holder in Food Service Administration and in Social Entrepreneurship. She is also a coffee connoisseur.
:: The wisdom, knowledge, and experience of dedicated technical staff — agriculture, information management, finance, community development — who have been excelling in their respective fields.
:: A community network of well-trained and justly-treated farmers who supplies us with their produce at fair traded prices.