A Holiday Guide to Gifts That Give Back


Still looking for that perfect gift for the coffee lover(s) in your life?

Whether you’re shopping for a picky coworker or your geeky sibling who already has all the latest gadgets, we got you covered.

In keeping with the spirit of the holiday season, our editors put together a coffee-themed guide to charitable gift ideas that let you make a difference with each dollar.

These are only a few of the many companies and products that make it easy to give back this holiday season. Please let us know if we’re forgetting your favorite in the comments, or contact us at info@ncausa.org.



Grounds for Health

Cervical cancer is one of the world’s deadliest – but most easily preventable – forms of cancer.

In 2016, Grounds for Health will strive to screen 18,500+ and treat at least 2,300 women. This plan will double their reach in the struggling communities that are disproportionately affected by the disease.

A generous donor has agreed to match all holiday contributions to the nonprofit, dollar-for-dollar, up to $75,000. This means a potential of $150,000 to provide critical health services to coffee-farming women. Your support will have twice the impact. gfh-benefit-hat-5

Cafe Imports has released these limited edition hats to benefit Grounds for Health – available here.



International Women’s Coffee Alliance

When women acquire the tools to grow better coffee, negotiate prices, or even build their own coffee mill, they typically reinvest 90% of their income in their families and community.

Change the life of a woman in coffee by investing in IWCA and provide access to coffee training, leadership development, and meaningful opportunities: Visit the IWCA website to learn more about making a one-time direct gift or enrolling in the monthly Tip Jar Fund.



Buy a Cup of Joe for a Joe

This is a small way to bring the comforts of home to our troops stationed around the world this holiday season.

Each $2 Cup of Joe gift delivers your letter and a fresh cup of coffee to one Service Member. As a special offer, get a Cup of Joe dog tag when you send a $40 Cup of Joe gift. Visit Green Beans Coffee to learn more.



Grounds & Hounds

Puppies and coffee – what’s not to love?

The Grounds & Hounds Coffee Co. donates 20% of profits gained through the sale of fresh-roasted Fair Trade, organic coffee to no-kill rescue organizations nationwide that provide safe haven, medical attention and adoption services for pooches in need.



The Bee Cause Project

Honey bees are a critical link in U.S. agriculture (and coffee production), yet their populations are plummeting due to what the USDA calls a “mystery problem.”

The NCA partnered with the Bee Cause Project at Middleton Place in South Carolina for our Annual Coffee Gives Back Day of Service at the NCA 2015 Annual Convention. Volunteers from across the coffee industry worked together to help build a sanctuary for these important pollinators.

Jars of Bee Cause Honey are available online. All proceeds will be donated to the Bee Cause Project to help fund the installation of classroom observation hives in 1,000 schools across America.


If you’re looking for more inspiration, check the NCA Sustainability Showcase for a list of coffee companies that are doing well by doing good.

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