The Coffeelands Foundation was founded in 2014 by Scott Brant, Mike Jopek and Dan Weinberg. The idea was formed in the depths of a Montana winter when thoughts of tropical venues are at their strongest. The idea was a simple one – what can we do, as coffee consumers and as operators of coffee business, to ensure the success of our coffee growing partners in those far away tropical settings. We all owe much to coffee and there is much we can do to see our success reflected in the lives of those we depend on for coffee. What led from that idea is the Coffeelands Foundation.
We are a fully recognized non-profit organization with a 501(c)(3) designation by the IRS. Your donations are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.
We have a Board of Directors and an Advisory Panel.
The function of the Board is to carry out the purposes of the Foundation; to actively oversee and distribute donated funds to organizations that are managing programs and projects that provide support in coffee growing communities. The Advisory panel provides guidance to the Foundation in realizing its goals.
who we are ?
Scott Brant – Executive Director and Founder of the Coffeelands Foundation.
Scott has worked for over three decades in coffee. He helped found a successful roasting company in the early 1980’s, Montana Coffee Traders.
As the primary coffee buyer and roaster for the company Scott developed an understanding of the challenges facing coffee businesses and the reality of fluctuating coffee prices affecting the world of coffee producers.
In the course of his career Scott had the opportunity to establish coffee roasting businesses in Moscow, Russia and in Passau, Germany. He has been involved in every aspect of the coffee roasting and retailing business from espresso machine repair to shipping to unloading thousands of pounds of green coffee.
As a coffee buyer, Scott has traveled extensively through Latin America and Ethiopia. He had the privilege of serving as an international juror on numerous Cup of Excellence competitions. He has been a frequent volunteer at numerous Specialty Coffee training events. His travels in coffee producing countries and his passion for socially/environmentally accountable coffee have motivated Scott to explore ways to contribute to the growing need for vital support in coffee growing communities. The formation of the Coffeelands Foundation is a way to realize this goal.
The mission of the Coffeelands Foundation is to support projects and programs working in coffee growing communities. We do this by providing funding to selected nonprofit organizations who have or are developing programs addressing:
- access to education;
- availability of health care;
- nutrition and food security programs;
- economic empowerment of women;
- relief from natural disasters;
- migrant worker issues;
- and the full range of social development that helps support the attainment of a dignified life for our coffee partners.