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December 13, 2021

JNP Coffee founder elected to SCA board

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SHREWSBURY, Mass., December 13, 2021 – Jeanine Niyonzima-Aroian, founder of JNP Coffee, has been elected to a two-year term on the Specialty Coffee Association’s Board of Directors, effective January 1, 2022.

Read full Press Release Here.

September 16, 2021

SCA USA Business Chats: What's Happening in Brazil and Colombia?

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Jeanine Niyonzima-Aroian, Northeast Regional Coordinator for the SCA USA Chapter and founder of JNP Coffee, hosts a panel of professionals from Brazil and Colombia, who will present and discuss research findings on the recent drought and frost in Brazil, and the impact on Brazilan Coffee Plantations, as well as the current challenges Colombia is facing. There will be time for Q&A with the audience, so come prepared with your questions!

August 6, 2021

7 Things to Add to Your Cart to Support Gender Equality in Africa

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Africa has seen some incredible wins for gender equality in the last few years, including boosting women’s leadership, being home to the country with the most women in politics in the world, and the banning of Female Genital Mutilation in several nations...

June 29, 2021

Addressing Issues Currently Challenging Sustainability Of The Specialty Coffee Industry

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Jeanine Niyonzima-Aroian, Northeast Regional Coordinator for the SCA USA Chapter, with moderator Grayson Caldwell hosts a panel of world coffee professionals including Nelson Valverde, Iliana Delgado Chegwin, Jonia Leite Soares, Alejandro Cadena, Yuki Ebizawa & Amanda Eastwood, who will discuss their unique perspectives on issues currently challenging sustainability of the specialty coffee industry. Followed by Q&A with the audience.

June 13, 2021

AFRICAN GREAT LAKES COFFEES: QUALITY IN THE FACE OF ADVERSITY

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Our Burundi Kinyovu earned a third-highest rating in a cupping of African Great Lakes coffees for Coffee Review’s June 2021 report. Produced by smallholding women farmers of JNP Coffee near the Kinyovu Washing Station entirely from local strains of the Bourbon variety of Arabica, and processed by the washed method (fruit skin and flesh are removed from the beans before they are dried).

April 12, 2021

Q&A: Shrewsbury entrepreneur sells coffee, empowers women

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"After graduating high school in Burundi, Jeanine Niyonzima-Aroian moved to the U.S. for college before living all over the world – Canada, France, Asia, the U.S. – working for corporations. Now, the Shrewsbury resident runs JNP Coffee, which focuses on helping women farmers in her native country rise out of poverty and carve out a place in the international market."

March 16, 2021

Transformational Leadership with Stefanie Johnson, Mike Jaffe and Nora Burkey

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On the webinar, they’ll touch on their personal journeys in leadership, challenges they have faced and how to overcome them as a leader. Followed by Q&A with the audience.

February 1, 2021

SCA USA Business Chats: The Language of Business

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On the webinar, they’ll chat about the rules and language of financial reporting, especially as businesses consider PPP loans and grants, along with topics around employment law as it relates to testing and vaccinations, post-COVID furloughs, job descriptions, unions for baristas, and more.

January 21, 2021

Barista Magazine, Women Making Waves in African Coffee

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JNP Coffee founder Jeanine Niyonzima-Aroian’s advocacy for the coffee farmers of Burundi through her sustainability-minded business is featured in Barista Magazine online.

November 11, 2020

Whetstone magazine’s “Point of Origin” podcast, Black Coffee

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Jeanine Niyonzima-Aroian shares what makes Burundi an ideal coffee supplier and the unique challenges facing the women at origin. 

November 4, 2020

Worcester Magazine, Springdale cans a beans-to-beer epic

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Launching a new mocha stout, Springdale Beer recognized the coffee beans in their new brew had a story to tell. And the narrator was Jeanine Niyonzima-Aroian.

November/December 2020

Roast Magazine podcast on measuring quality article

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“Technically Speaking: Defining and Measuring Quality in Coffee from Production to Preparation”
 

Lily Kubota of Roast Magazine highlights the work of JNP Coffee within the first three minutes of this podcast on quality variations. 

November 5, 2020

Royal Coffee live webinar series

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One of two participants in “The Heart of East African Coffee: Burundi & Rwanda,” Jeanine Niyonizma-Aroian discusses women in coffee, supply chain challenges, the people and coffee of her country.

October 22, 2020

SCA USA Business Chats: Fresh Perspectives from Women Coffee Producers

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These women discuss the unique challenges they have faced during COVID-19, each of their unique perspectives as women coffee producers from different parts of the world, and how they promote equality in their own communities. Thank you again to our moderator and panelists for their time and effort in participating in this important, and necessary, discussion!

October 22, 2020

CoffeeIs.Me podcast includes JNP Coffee

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Interview with the world’s youngest Q grader, Frankie Volkema, notes JNP Coffee as a source for coffee grown by young women farmers in Valerian Hrala’s “CoffeeIs.Me” podcast at about the 16:30 marker.

October 21, 2020

Sprudge Podcast, “Seed to Cup”

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Interviewed in the fourth episode of Sprudge magazine’s monthly podcast, Jeanine Niyonzima-Aroian addresses her role supporting women coffee farmers by promoting and rewarding high-quality cherries.

October 20, 2020

Keys to the Shop podcast mentions JNP Coffee

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Conversation with young Q grader and host Chris Deferio credits JNP Coffee

July 22, 2020

Importer JNP Coffee Donating 5% of Sales for GoFundBean Grants

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Throughout the month of July, Burundi coffee importer JNP Coffee has been donating 5% of its green coffee sales to the nonprofit GoFundBean for a fund to supply grants to baristas in financial need due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The fundraising effort runs through Friday, July 31.

“We believe that with more information about the virus and with the numbers of infected folks going up that a second run ... (read more)

July 1, 2020

Fresh Cup Magazine, Five percent of July sales go to virtual tip jar

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JNP Coffee’s announcement of vital partnership with Go Fund Bean, which aggregates virtual tip jars for coffee workers around the world, to support baristas who have been suffering financially due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

June 18, 2020

SCA USA Business Chats: Reopening Post-COVID-19

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Join USA Chapter North East Coordinator Jeanine Niyonzima-Aroian on Thursday, June 18 at 1 pm PDT / 4 pm EDT as she leads a panel discussion on reopening practices post-COVID-19.

June 16, 2020

SCA Roundtable with Black CEOs

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Jeanine Niyonzima-Aroian joins a conversation with Black coffee industry leaders on the Black Lives Matter movement, experiences as Black professionals in the coffee sector, and the work required to dismantle systemic racism in the coffee space and the wider culture.

May 28, 2020

Using Online Channels Appropriately to Drive Business Growth

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Join SCA US Chapter North East Regional Coordinator Jeanine Niyonzima-Aroian and guest speaker Ryan Garrow of Logical Position on Thursday, May 28, 2020 at 1 pm PDT / 4 pm EDT for a presentation on B2B and B2C marketing in the face of a recession.

May 2, 2020

Keys to the Shop podcast on coping with COVID

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Jeanine Niyonzima-Aroian discusses how JNP Coffee is responding to the pandemic and how things look on the ground for the farmers she works with in Burundi with “Keys to the Shop” podcast host Chris Deferio. Listen now.

April 16, 2020

Post-COVID Coffee: Getting Ready for the Inevitable Changes – Instagram Live

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There is a tectonic shift happening in our industry. Are we ready for how things will change for us and for our customers? Will we take this as an opportunity to take action? Or will we sit back and try to regain the status quo?

February 5, 2020

10 Minutes With—2020 U.S. CoffeeChamps Edition: Michelle Johnson

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Coffee community advocate Michelle Johnson is making 2020 her year. She recently confirmed a spot at nationals during the Barista competition qualifier in Nashville, Tenn.—after not competing for nearly three years. During these three years, she’s made The Chocolate Barista blog a lifestyle platform for Black people and other racial minorities in the...

September 1, 2019

Master Q&A with Jeanine - Barista Magazine

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“I KNOW I TALK VERY FAST—my mother tells my friends that I speak fast in all languages,” laughs Jeanine Niyonzima-Aroian into the phone, where she’s called from her home in Massachusetts. (Jeanine speaks five languages). It’s true, she is an animated and captivating conversationalist and speaker, but that’s not the only reason she’s hard to keep up with: Jeanine is also a...

April 11, 2019

Building Community Through Collaboration

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​JEANINE NIYONZIMA-AROIAN AND BLANCA MARIA CASTRO EXPLORE THE IMPACT A COLLABORATIVE APPROACH HAS ON LOCAL COMMUNITY INITIATIVES.

When International Women’s Coffee Alliance (IWCA) Chapters pursue support for projects to strengthen their local communities and improve the lives of their neighbors, their scope tends to be...

August 27, 2018

Mr. Espresso Debuts Rwandan, Burundian Blends  |  The coffees were produced by female farmers.

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​Celebrating its fortieth anniversary this year, family-owned and Oakland-based coffee roastery Mr. Espresso has just released two new blends from Africa: Burundi women of Kinyovu and Rwanda Bufcafe Remera (which currently holds a sky-high 92 rating on CoffeeReview.com).

September 20, 2018

Profiles of Women and Coffee - Coffee Talk August/September 2018

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​Helping women coffee farmers in Burundi rise above poverty through the production of high-quality coffee stands as the heart and soul of JNP Coffee’s work. A native of Burundi, I founded JNP Coffee LLC, www. jnpcoffee.com, in 2012 to help coffee farmers in my homeland, one of the world’s poorest countries. By

promoting quality and gender equity, we read more...

January 1, 2018

Check out our news in the Jan/Feb edition of Roast Magazine! 

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We're proud of the difference we're making in Burundi and in the coffee industry.