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April 12, 2021

Q&A: Shrewsbury entrepreneur sells coffee, empowers women

"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."

January 21, 2021

Barista Magazine, Women Making Waves in African Coffee

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

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

November 5, 2020

Royal Coffee live webinar series

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.

November 4, 2020

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

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

“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. 

October 22, 2020

CoffeeIs.Me podcast includes JNP Coffee

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”

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

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

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

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 16, 2020

SCA Roundtable with Black CEOs

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 2, 2020

Keys to the Shop podcast on coping with COVID

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.

February 5, 2020

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

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

“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

​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.

​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

​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! 

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