When we started our Bee Project in Guatemala in 2015, we were looking to help diversify income and nutrition for the families growing our Liberacion coffee. What we didn’t know was that in addition to that, the project had a significant impact on empowering the women in the area.

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Women are driving coffee production forward around the world. We’re proud of the many women whose work makes this a reality at Union. This International Women’s Day I wanted to tell the stories of the women of Union…


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I’ve been reading a book set in the late 2050s. In it, the future of food supply is pretty bleak. People have more or less stopped eating meat. Soy dogs and veggie hash are the norm. And the worst part…real coffee is only available for the rich and the famous. The rest of the world now drinks ‘surrogate’ coffee.

What if I told you this book is non-fiction? That this really could be what the future looks like?

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We often hear about the negative impacts of growing coffee, such as deforestation, non-recyclable paper cups and even enforced labour, and sometimes about the positive benefits that coffee brings to farmers and their communities. But could we do more?

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