Coffee Emporium and International Women’s Coffee Alliance

Justice, Profit, and Gender Equality Issues in the Global Coffee Industry

Eileen Schwab from Cincinnati’s Coffee Emporium and Margaret Swallow from the International Women’s Coffee Alliance (IWCA) will be celebrating International Women’s Day the morning of March 7th at the Centennial Barn in Cincinnati. They will be sharing about the global reaches the coffee industry has and how women across the world can be economically and personally empowered through the process of growing and selling coffee. This free event is open to the public and Swallow encourages everyone who has ever wondered about where their coffee comes from to attend.

“Coffee is one of the few hand-crafted products available to most people.  It’s important to learn more about some of the women whose hands touch the coffee on its journey from the farm to you.” Margaret Swallow

Coffee Emporium

Since the purchase of Coffee Emporium in 1996, Schwab has emphasized the importance of ethical coffee sourcing. Focusing on direct buying from family farmers as much as possible ensures that Coffee Emporium’s six Cincinnati locations provide high quality coffee to their loyal, global conscious consumers. Coffee Emporium partners with Crop to Cup, Village Life Outreach Project, Mujeres en Café Guatemala, Hacienda La Minita, and the International Women’s Coffee Alliance.

International Women’s Coffee Alliance

The International Women’s Coffee Alliance (IWCA) maintains their mission for providing equal opportunities for women across in every level of the international coffee industry in countries including Nicaragua, Colombia, Uganda, India, Guatemala, and Ethiopia. Swallow, the 2013 winner of the IWCA Lifetime Achievement Award, will be describing her own experiences and motivations in founding the non-profit at this March 7th event.

Greater Cincinnati World Affairs Council (GCWAC)

The Greater Cincinnati World Affairs Council (GCWAC) supports many global education programs and international events in Cincinnati. With a mission to enrich Cincinnati, GCWAC encourage participation with programs that will engage Cincinnati with the larger global community.

Read more about the event on our global event calendar.

Hannah McGahee, Social Media Intern

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