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Help coffee farmers in Cameroon obtain organic certification and access affordable loans from a local credit union.
Mocha Joe's
Small Business
Brattleboro, Vermont
United States
1 Team Member


Meet Jude our new Director of Organic Certification.  He has an undergraduate degree in Geology and is working on a Masters in Environmental Science at Bamenda University,Cameroon.  Kevin Booth is back in the US until his next project . We are extremely grateful to have had him on this project. He has many talents and despite  many communication  challenges could still produce detailed spreadsheet !

About Our Project 

Mocha Joe's has been brewing and roasting specialty coffee for over twenty years in Brattleboro, Vermont. In 2009, we started working with coffee farmers in Cameroon, West Africa, and have been importing the only specialty-grade coffee from that country ever since. In 2012, Mocha Joe's initiated a program through which smallholder coffee farmers were able to to obtain USDA organic certification for their crops, and thereby increase the value of coffee produced. A pilot organic farming group was established at 6000 feet in the Oku region, and this year we brought in the first USDA certified organic coffee from Cameroon! By adding 75 more farms to this project, it will become an ongoing, self-supporting venture between two villages on two continents.

Access to credit has always been difficult in the region, and has become an important component to the viability of the organic program. Although we have been offering micro-loans to our farmers during the growing season, there are other critical times of the year when farmers need money -- particularly for medical bills and school fees for their children -- and many are forced to take out loans against their future coffee crop, in effect selling their crop far below market value. Additionally, the best farming practices of Arabica coffee require special equipment which many farmers in Oku cannot afford. Facilitating access to a local credit union will enable coffee farmers to be more financially independent, and more likely to stay in the program.


We are off to a great start! And with your help to expand organic farm participation and facilitate farmers' access to a credit union, we can make this a community-sustained, viable project for years to come.

    Much of Northwest Cameroon consists of small, family-owned subsistence farms, which supply some additional income through growing commodity crops like coffee. Over the past decades, traditional, chemical-free farming practices have given way to farming using chemical fertilizers and pesticides, to the detriment of public health and the environment. Multinational chemical corporations, it turns out, have the resources to come knocking on doors in even the remotest parts of the world. Even with increasing awareness of the benefits of organic growing practices, there are significant barriers to small farms taking on an organic certification program, and few in-country resources for farmers looking to overcome those barriers.

Your Donation Will Go Towards 

  • Expansion of the organic program in the Oku region through involving more farms, expanding farmer education, and providing funding for the purchase of essential supplies such as pruning shears, spades, drying tarps, fencing, pulping machines, mud boots, manure, neem seedlings, wheelbarrows, and mapping tools. 
  • Credit union memberships for farmers, and a revolving loan fund so that they can easily access money at critical times of the year when school fees are due and crop management is needed. 

Help support our farmer partners, and be among the first to start your morning with a cup of certified organic coffee from Cameroon!

Check out some of our great perks! Soccer jerseys, Mocha Joe's swag, handmade bottle openers, real Vermont maple syrup, and lots of coffee, of course!

Special thanks to Phillip Younyi Che (Mocha Joe's Director of Operations, Cameroon) and Kevin Booth (Mocha Joe's Organic Project Director, Cameroon) for the clear vision, hard work, and diligent attention to detail necessary for organic certification

And thanks to Blick Bassy for permission to use his music.

Mocha Joe's is a registered trademark of Mocha Joe's, Inc., Brattleboro, Vermont, USA

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  • $7USD
    Cup of Joe

    Have a cafe drink on us at Mocha Joe's Coffeehouse in Brattleboro, Vermont USA.

    4 claimed
  • $24USD
    Jikijem Credit Union

    $24 funds one credit union membership for an Oku coffee farmer. This enables a family to borrow money at the low interest rate of 1.5%, instead if having to pre-sell coffee - sometimes paying up to 200% percent interest!

    8 claimed
  • $30USD
    Morning Joe

    1 pound of fresh roasted, organic specialty coffee from Cameroon -- including delivery in the US (or local pickup).

    7 claimed
  • $50USD
    World Cup Fans

    Show your support for Cameroon with a Cameroonian national team soccer jersey! Includes a pound of fresh-roasted Cameroon coffee, so you can enjoy a cup of joe while you cheer on The Indomitable Lions in this year's World Cup! Includes US shipping.

    5 out of 10 claimed
  • $60USD
    Home Roasters Package

    Try your hand at roasting your own Organic Cameroon with 5 pounds of green beans! US shipping included.

    1 out of 20 claimed
  • $75USD
    Coffee + African Bottle Opener

    2 pounds of organic fresh roasted Cameroon coffee and a handmade, native wood bottle opener, imported by Pierre from the market in Oku! Includes US shipping.

    2 out of 20 claimed
  • $75USD
    Vermont Breakfast

    1/2 Gallon of certified organic 2014 pure Vermont maple syrup from our friends at Lilac Ridge Farm in West Brattleboro, plus one pound of fresh roasted organic Cameroon coffee. Includes US shipping -- locals who pick up will also receive a dozen fresh farm eggs!

    2 out of 25 claimed
  • $100USD
    Coffee Education

    Come to a private coffee cupping and tour of our roasting facility in downtown Brattleboro, and take home some organic Cameroon coffee and another coffee of your choice! Includes US shipping.

    5 out of 18 claimed
  • $500USD
    Coffee Lover

    Enjoy a 12-month coffee subscription from Mocha Joe's, including 3 pounds of coffee from Cameroon and 9 pounds of your choosing! Plus: stay warm while you enjoy your coffee with a Mocha Joe's hoodie! Includes US shipping.

    1 out of 20 claimed
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