We’re donating $2 from every first coffee bag purchase to roaster employees impacted by the coronavirus. Or, find out how you can contribute directly to the funds set up for employees, listed below.
Like many industries, small roasters have been hit hard by the coronavirus with shop closures and decreasing wholesale orders, resulting in widespread furloughs and layoffs. The coffee community is resilient, but now is the moment our roasters, and their employees, need us most.
"We've weathered fires, mudslides, and evacuations in the past, but we've never seen anything like the coronavirus before," Dune Coffee Roasters' statement puts the current situation in context.
"Many of our roastery customers we supply coffee to have either closed their doors or seen a significant drop in sales," Madcap Coffee Company says. "Sixty-five percent of Madcap's workforce consists of hourly baristas and/or roastery employees, many of which depend on tips to maintain a livable wage."
For our part, we have been pouring all our effort into supporting our roaster partners. Trade is helping them make the transition from retail and office sales to reach new customers online. But we wanted to do more to help the third party roaster employees who are more personally affected. Until we're able to make it back to our favorite coffee shops, there are two ways we can support roaster employees:
Leave a Virtual Tip
Many of our third party roasters have set up GoFundMe and similar platform funds to help supplement lost wages and tips. We’ve compiled a list below with links where you can contribute directly to your favorite roaster’s employee fund, if you are able to.
We’ll Pay It Forward
Trade is doing our part, too. We’re donating $2 from every first coffee bag purchase to the roaster employee funds through April 15, 2020. This money will go directly to those employees impacted by the coronavirus.* Shop Now
Ithaca, New York Gimme! Coffee
Boston, Massachusetts Intelligentsia
New York, New York Irving Farm New York
New York, New York Joe Coffee
La Colombe Coffee Roasters 6th & Market Location
La Colombe Coffee Roasters Dilworth Plaza Location
La Colombe Coffee Roasters Fishtown Location
La Colombe Coffee Roasters Rittenhouse Square Location
New York, New York Orens Coffee
New York, New York Stumptown Coffee Roasters
Minneapolis, Minnesota Dogwood Coffee Co
Grand Rapids, Michigan Madcap Coffee Company
Chicago, Illinois Intelligentsia
Viroqua, Wisconsin Kickapoo Coffee Roasters
La Colombe Coffee Roasters Andersonville Location
La Colombe Coffee Roasters Gold Coast Location
La Colombe Coffee Roasters Wicker Park Location
La Colombe Coffee Roasters Armitage Location
Chicago, Illinois Metric Coffee
Chicago, Illinois Passion House Coffee Roasters
Minneapolis, Minnesota Spyhouse Coffee Roasting Co
Chicago, Illinois Stumptown Coffee Roasters
Austin, Texas Greater Goods Coffee Co.
Washington, DC La Colombe Coffee Roasters
Topeka, Kansas PT's Coffee Roasting Co.
Louisville, Kentucky Quills Coffee
Floyd, Virginia Red Rooster Coffee
New Orleans, Louisiana Stumptown Coffee Roasters
San Diego, California Birdrock Coffee Roasters
Santa Barbara, California Dune Coffee Roasters
San Rafael, California Equator Coffees
Los Angeles, California Intelligentsia
Oakland, California Highwire Coffee Roasters
Denver, Colorado Huckleberry Roasters
Los Angeles, California Stumptown Coffee Roasters
Portland, Oregon Stumptown Coffee Roasters
Seattle, Washington Stumptown Coffee Roasters
Please check back, we'll continue updating this list as it grows.
*Trade will make a $2 donation for the first bag of coffee purchased up to and through April 15, 2020 at 11:59pm EST. This does not apply to the first free bag of coffee from Refer-A-Friend program. The total amount collected will be donated evenly across the GoFundMe and similar platform funds created to benefit the employees of our third party roasters, linked here. The minimum amount is $2,000 and the maximum is $20,000.