From the beginning, we have embraced our commitment to local arts and social change. From our many sponsorships of community arts organizations and beloved Rebel Blend Fund to our work with the International Women’s Coffee Alliance (IWCA) in Burundi and the Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project (ILAP) in Portland.


The Arts & Social Change

Rebel Blend Fund

For every pound of Rebel Blend coffee sold or brewed at Coffee By Design coffeehouses during the year, $1 is donated to the Rebel Blend Fund.

Every year CBD accepts proposals from Maine artists and/or small arts organizations whose projects may fall between the funding cracks. A committee made up of CBD staff members awards several grants. The Rebel Blend committee looks for thought-provoking projects that have the potential to engage people across the state in meaningful conversation.

The Rebel Blend Fund application form is available online or at any Coffee By Design coffeehouse. This year, applications will be accepted from July 1 – September 15, 2017. Awards will be announced in October.

Coffee By Design Community

Three Rebel Blend Grants were awarded in 2016:

240 Strings The newly formed 501c3 organization brings classical music into the lives of children living in low-income households by providing instruments and music lessons for one year.

LumenARRT!, a project by the Artists’ Rapid Response Team (ARRT!), uses large-scale video projections to present social, economic, and environmental justice messages at demonstrations, press conferences, and rallies.

New Fruit is a women-run artist collective that urges a discourse of ideas and risk among collective members, artists, and audiences who identify as women, gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender.


Rebel Blend Fund

Coffee Partners

Wholesale Partners

Coffee By Design’s wholesale partners help us share our handcrafted coffee throughout the state of Maine—and other states too! We service a wide range of businesses, including restaurants and hotels, cafes and bakeries, schools and churches, markets and workplaces. Here’s just a sampling of our partners:

  • 158 Pickett Street Cafe
  • Back Bay Grill
  • Bayside American Cafe
  • Becky’s Diner
  • Boone’s Fish House & Oyster Room
  • Bow Street Market
  • Cafe Creme
  • Coffee ME Up
  • David’s 388
  • Fore Street
  • Grace Restaurant
  • Green Elephant
  • The Grill Room
  • The Holy Donut
  • Inn By The Sea
  • L.L.Bean
  • Little Dog Cafe
  • Lois’ Natural Marketplace
  • Maine College of Art
  • Maplefields
  • Maple’s
  • Portland Food Co-op
  • The Press Hotel
  • Rí Rá
  • Rosemont Market & Bakery
  • Rusty Lantern
  • Scratch Baking Co.
  • Sebasco Harbor Resort
  • Standard Baking Co.
  • Street and Company
  • Sunday River
  • TIQA
  • UNUM
  • University of Maine at Farmington
  • University of Maine at Orono
  • University of Southern Maine
  • WEX

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Farm Partners

There is no Coffee By Design without the coffee bean farmers and co-ops we work with, located in a variety of regions across the globe. Our strong business relationships with them make for the best (and most socially responsible) coffee we can make for you.


Farm/Co-op: Fazenda Agua Limpa
Region: Cerrado
Farmer: Don Sergio de Assis

Farm/Co-op: Fazenda Planalto
Region: Minas Gerais
Farmer: Don Sergio Montavanine


Farm/Co-op: International Women's Coffee Alliance, Burundi Chapter
Region: Ngozi
Chapter President: Isabelle Sinamenye


Farm/Co-op: Hacienda La Arboleda
Region: Antioquia
Farmer: Gonzalo Alvarez

Costa Rica

Farm/Co-op: Hacienda La Minita
Region: Tarrazú
Farmer: La Minita, Inc.

Farm/Co-op: Hacienda Rio Negro
Region: Coto Brus
Farmer: La Minita, Inc.

Farm/Co-op: Finca La Pastora
Region: Santa María de Dota
Farmer: Minor Picado

Farm/Co-op: Finca La Candelilla
Region: Tarrazú
Farmer: Rafael and Lucia Sanchez

El Salvador

Farm/Co-op: Finca Santa Emilia
Region: Cerro El Tigre
Farmer: The Homberger Family


Farm/Co-op: Nura Korate Cooperative, Sidamo Coffee Farmers Cooperative Union
Region: Sidama
Co-op President: Tsegaye Anebo SCFCU


Farm/Co-op: Finca Los Andes
Region: Atitlán
Farmer: Olga and James Hazard


Farm/Co-op: Capucas Cooperative
Region: Copan
Co-op President: Jose Omar Rodriguez


Farm/Co-op: Sriwijaya
Region: Sumatra
Everything Guy: Ric Harinyato


Formed in 1971, the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) is the oldest and largest state organic organization in the country. A business member since 2009, CBD supports MOFGA's mission to bring high quality, locally produced organic food to the Maine’s tables.