San Francisco’s community food space 18 Reasons will be hosting a program called “Women In Coffee: Their voices, lives and dreams from farm to cup” with Equator Coffees‘ Kimberly Easson and Helen Russel. This program will feature a lecture followed by a tasting. More from Brown Paper Tickets:
The class will begin with a talk by Kimberly, widely recognized for her knowledge about coffee and social justice. Through stories and photographs we will learn about women farmers in South America, Africa, and the USA who are changing the landscape of coffee production, processing, and marketing. In the course of our conversation, we will explore sensitive and critical topics as food security, housing, health, maternal care, domestic violence, wages/income, and land ownership. After a Q&A with Kimberly and Helen Russell, we will taste a selection of Equator’s excellent coffees produced by women and poured by Caitlin McCarthy-Garcia, Roaster. Join us!
About Kimberly Easson
During more than fifteen years working in the arena of sustainable trade and development, Kimberly Easson has dedicated herself to making trade work better for women and small-scale farmers, particularly in coffee. After 12 years working for social justice alongside Equator Coffees co-founders Helen Russell and Brooke McDonnell, she now works with Equator Coffees serving as Relationship Manager building partnerships with coffee farmers and coffee communities worldwide.
She is co-founder of the International Women’s Coffee Alliance (IWCA) and served as its President for five years. Kimberly has also served as Director of Producer Services and Relations at Fairtrade International in Bonn, Germany and on the Board of Directors of the Specialty Coffee Association of America. She started JavaVentures, a company that fosters better understanding between roasters and farmers by bringing coffee professionals on tours throughout Latin American and Africa.