Drink Coffee. Change the World. Easy.

ABOUT
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CAFÉ FOR CHANGE is a startup with a social mission and a global community of coffee lovers who cannot remain indifferent to the continuing poverty in coffee production.

We love coffee and those who produce it. We offer coffee lovers the best coffee and an easy way to change the world at the same time.

Today less than one cent per cup of coffee sold in developed nations helps eradicate poverty in coffee growing communities. That is why most of them live in poverty or in extreme poverty.

The largest coffee companies send billions of dollars in profits to Wall Street, to Swiss bank accounts and to wealthy investors. Sadly, these tens of billions in added value, profits and taxes do not reach the 26 million people who work in coffee plantations, their families or the 250 million people in coffee-producing countries whose livelihood depends, directly or indirectly, totally or partially, on the production of coffee.

With CAFÉ FOR CHANGE you can transform the coffee machine you use in your home or office into an engine for change to help eradicate poverty with 10CentsPerCup every time you drink a coffee. CAFÉ FOR CHANGE will offer, from September 2016 onwards, top quality single origin coffees, packaged in biodegradable and compostable coffee capsules that are compatible with the most popular coffee systems. CAFÉ FOR CHANGE will also deliver: coffee pods, ground coffee and whole beans to homes and offices.

All CAFÉ FOR CHANGE products are of the highest quality and, most importantly each of our Nespresso* and K-Cup* compatible capsules includes a 10CentsPerCup compensation for the coffee growing regions.

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* Nespresso and K-Cup are registered brands not associated with CAFÉ FOR CHANGE.

CAFÉ POST
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Letter of Fernando Morales-de la Cruz to President Obama

Strasbourg, August 4th 2016

The President
The White House
Washington DC


Dear Mr President,

For your birthday, CAFÉ FOR CHANGE has created together with ItiMa, The Itinerant Museum of Art, a special Barack For Change mug with artwork by Daniel Völker. We hope you like it. Daniel used 3,600 US postage stamps.

We wish you a Happy Birthday and hope that you and Mrs Obama can help coffee, tea and chocolate lovers end poverty and create a middle class in the rural communities that produce coffee, chai and cacao. It is easy, if WeShare at least 10CentsPerCup with them.

WeShare is our plan for a transparent Shared Value system that can align consumers in developed nations to compensate with at least 10CentsPerCup the struggling farmers and farm workers who produce for all of us. Their hard work and sacrifice generates tens of billions of dollars in profits, added value and taxes every year for companies and governments in developed nations. Sadly, most of the farm workers and their families live in poverty and millions of them in extreme poverty. This is unacceptable.

You can witness the cruel human cost of coffee in your beloved Kenya and in most countries in the coffee belt, but as you know well tea and cacao are also exploitative industries with insinificant Shared Value for farmers and even less for farm workers and their families.

Today there is hunger, malnutrition and unacceptable levels of infant mortality in the coffee, tea and cacao lands. In the Ivory Coast, the world's leading producer of cacao, a baby girl has a higher probability of dying before reaching age one than ever graduating from secondary school.

We have to change that by bringing together the leaders of the industry with top goverment officials, creating a transparent Shared Value system that changes the industry and doesn't depend on development aid. The trouble is that less than one cent per cup of coffee, tea and chocolate drunk at the White House, and in all US Government institutions helps reduce poverty in the rural communities that produce them. The premium for farmers in what some dare to call "Fairtrade" is less than 1/3 of a cent per cup, an insignificant amount if the goal is to be fair and ethical.

We, in CAFE FOR CHANGE, believe you have a "Lincoln problem". President Lincoln was fighting to abolish slavery while the White House, where he lived, and the US Government he presided were buying products made by slaves. The Obama Administration is committed to fast-track the end of poverty and to supporting the SDGs but the purchasing power of the White House and of the USG help perpetuate injustice, this is true not only in coffee, chai and cacao. The White House and the USG should audit its supply chain and align its procurement and purchasing power with its commitment to equality for all people in the planet. This initiative should be also taken by all OECD nations.

To lead by example, you and the White House can afford 10CentsPerCup as an unequivocal act of support for the Sustainable Development Goals. Please read: Open Letter to Ban Ki Moon and discuss it with him, Secretary Kerry, Ms Jarrett and Ambassador Power.

With 10CentsPerCup farmers and farm workers would have a living wage. Every girl and boy in the coffee, chai and cacao lands would have drinking water, healthcare, school meals and access to a secondary school. That would be CHANGE THEY CAN BELIEVE IN.

We look forward to your comments and to your 10CentsPerCup.

Yours sincerely,

Fernando Morales-de la Cruz
Founder
CAFE FOR CHANGE


Letter of Fernando Morales-de la Cruz to Secretary General Ban Ki Moon

Brussels, July 20th 2016

Dear Mr. Secretary General,

I am writing to you to request that the United Nations audits the impact of its supply chain in the Sustainable Development Goals that it supports and promotes. I also request that you encourage every government and multilateral institution to do the same.

Procurement and consumption by the United Nations, The World Bank, The IMF, the OECD, by other multilateral institutions and by every government should and must be exemplary and be aligned with its policies to eradicate poverty and defend the Convention of the Rights of the Child and the human rights of all, in all corners of the planet.

Today less than US$0.01 per cup of coffee, tea and chocolate consumed by United Nations personnel in New York, Geneva, Vienna, etc, helps reduce poverty in the rural areas that produce them. The shared value of so-called ‘fair trade’ products is both insignificant and unacceptable, and perpetuates a cruel form of ‘poverty light’ in the people that produce them.

I encourage you and the United Nations to support the creation of WeShare, a transparent shared value system to help eradicate poverty and create a rural middle class in the communities that produce coffee, tea and cacao with compensation of at least 10CentsPerCup.

This amount represents more than 30 times the premium of what some dare to call ‘fair trade’. Compensation of 10CentsPerCup consumed in developed nations could dramatically improve the lives of hundreds of millions of people whose livelihood depends directly or indirectly on the production of these three commodities. 10centsPerCup could bring living wages, running water, education, proper healthcare and even crop insurance and social security to all farmers and farmworkers.

Sadly, hundreds of millions of farmworkers earn daily wages that are lower than the price of a cup of coffee, tea or chocolate in New York or Geneva, while the industries they supply in developed nations accumulate tens of billions of dollars in profits every year. Their work also helps generate tens of billions in taxes in developed nations.

Were you personally to decide, as a symbolic gesture, to share compensation of 10CentsPerCup of coffee, tea and cacao with the communities that produce them, this could end up being a watershed moment that transforms the neo-colonial and exploitative business models of these and other industries. Exemplary leadership is required at this time. The United Nations sharing 10CentsPerCup institutionally would trigger a global debate about how we must put an end to consuming products that depend on abusive labour practices and exploitative business models. You know very well that 10CentsPerCup is an insignificant amount compared to the average income of UN employees and all diplomats.

I hope you agree with me that what the world needs, to end inequality and extreme poverty and reach and surpass the SDGs, is a transparent shared value system in global trade and not glitz at the UN or buzz in the media. No cup of coffee, tea and cacao or any other product should be considered ethical, sustainable or fair until all girls in the communities that produce them can attend secondary school. Gender Equality is a myth unless all young women have access to education.

Today there is hunger, malnutrition and unacceptable levels of infant mortality in the coffee, tea and cacao lands. In the Ivory Coast, the world’s leading producer of cacao, a baby girl has a higher probability of dying before reaching age one than ever graduating from secondary school.

Your mandate expires in a few months but you can still leave as legacy a United Nations that will be known by the impact of its exemplary actions and not by its many meetings and multiple goals.

I thank you in advance for your consideration to my request and look forward to your 10CentsPerCup of coffee, tea and chocolate.

Respectfully,

Fernando Morales-de la Cruz
Founder
CAFE FOR CHANGE


Drink Coffee. Change the World. Easy.

August 17, 2015 8:00 AM


How many cents per cup of coffee consumed in developed nations help eradicate poverty in coffee growing regions?

The answer is shocking.

Almost every cup of coffee we drink helps perpetuate poverty in coffee growing regions. The business model of most of the coffee industry is outdated and exploitative. The compensation received by the coffee farm workers and others who depend directly or indirectly on its production has no relationship to the price coffee lovers in developed nations pay for a cup of coffee or to what it costs to produce it. Because we love coffee, we can’t remain indifferent.

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NEWS
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VOLUNTEER FOR CHANGE
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CAFÉ FOR CHANGE needs all the help it can get from talented professionals.

If you have unique talents and a sense of mission, a graduate degree, between 5 and 15 years of professional experience and a proven successful track record in our industry, in major companies in FMCG, in-on line sales; in incubating, financing, crowdfunding and nurturing start-ups; in marketing or in communications, CAFÉ FOR CHANGE would like to hear from you.

Please send us your CV and state why you are interested in supporting with your time an emerging COFFEE START UP created to compete with the largest coffee companies. CAFÉ FOR CHANGE will challenge them on shared value for the weakest link of their supply chain, quality, customer satisfaction and real sustainability.

CAFÉ FOR CHANGE is a global community and a business with a unique sense of mission we have been conceived to eradicate poverty in coffee growing regions. Our success will be measured by how we change the way our largest competitors do business but especially by the impact we have in transforming an industry built on poverty into one that becomes a global agent for eradicating it.

Only volunteer opportunities are available at CAFÉ FOR CHANGE at this time. A limited number of full time employment positions will be announced in September 2016.

Please write to CAFÉ FOR CHANGE, include profession and country of residence on the subject: Volunteer(at)CafeForChange.org

CONTACT
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FERNANDO MORALES-DE LA CRUZ
FOUNDER

info(at)CafeForChange.org