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
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.
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.
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:
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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.
BrazilFarm/Co-op: Fazenda Agua Limpa
BurundiFarm/Co-op: International Women's Coffee Alliance, Burundi Chapter
ColombiaFarm/Co-op: Hacienda La Arboleda
Costa RicaFarm/Co-op: Hacienda La Minita
El SalvadorFarm/Co-op: Finca Santa Emilia
EthiopiaFarm/Co-op: Nura Korate Cooperative, Sidamo Coffee Farmers Cooperative Union
GuatemalaFarm/Co-op: Finca Los Andes
HondurasFarm/Co-op: Capucas Cooperative
MOFGAFormed 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.