As a child growing up in Burundi, Jeanine Niyonzima-Aroian recalls her mother telling the story of her entire family growing and harvesting coffee in Ngozi Province to pay for their school fees. Years later, Jeanine earned an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School and had a 20-plus-year international business career that helped her find her way back to Burundi and to coffee. It was at a “Cup of Excellence” competition that she recognized the potential of the exceptional coffees of Burundi. She saw the opportunity to promote these coffees in the global market as a means of helping the farmers, her people.
In 2012, Jeanine founded JNP Coffee. Today the company is known for the award-winning specialty coffees they source and the good works and leadership they provide at origin. Truly a role model for what a Burundian woman can achieve in her country, as a licensed Q grader, she continues to advance the global specialty coffee industry. Her business model is driven by quality coffee and is based on strong producer partnerships, sharing knowledge, promoting gender equality, and supporting education in financial literacy and leadership, all to empower the farmers and their families in her native country.