As a part of a fundraising drive that completed on April 15, Trade, along with its partner Chobani, is donating $50,000 across our roasters’ funds set up to benefit those who have been laid off or furloughed due to COVID-19. Here’s how you can continue to contribute yourself.
Over the past few weeks, we have been doing all we can to support our roaster partners. Through our platform, Trade has been helping many roasters transition more of their sales volume online to reach new customers. But we wanted to do more to help the third party roaster employees who are more personally affected by raising donations for funds created for their benefit.
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."
Until we're able to make it back to our favorite coffee shops, there is a way we can support roaster employees. 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.
Boston, Massachusetts George Howell Coffee
New York, New York
Gimme! Coffee Lorimer Street
Gimme! Coffee Mott Street
Ithaca, New York and Trumansburg, 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 Bryn Mawr
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
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania ReAnimator Coffee Roasters
New York, New York Stumptown Coffee Roasters
St. Louis, Missouri Blueprint Coffee
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
Grand Rapids, Michigan Sparrows Coffee
Minneapolis, Minnesota Spyhouse Coffee Roasting Co
Chicago, Illinois Stumptown Coffee Roasters
Austin, Texas Greater Goods Coffee Co.
Washington, DC La Colombe Coffee Roasters
Fayetteville, Arkansas Onyx Coffee Lab
Miami, Florida Panther Coffee
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 Bird Rock Coffee Roasters
Boulder, Colorado Boxcar Coffee Roasters
San Rafael, California Equator Coffees
Los Angeles, California and Portland, Oregon Groundwork Coffee Co.
Oakland, California Highwire Coffee Roasters
Los Angeles, California Intelligentsia
San Diego, California La Colombe Coffee Roasters
Denver, Colorado Novo Coffee
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.