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QUALITY.

A pioneer in Seed-to-Table speciality coffee, we are a next generation impact company working directly with coffee cooperatives in the Democratic Republic of Congo (Congo) to carefully transport pristine green beans to our warehouse and roaster in Black Earth, Wisconsin.


As one of America’s only fully-integrated coffee companies, we never take our eyes off your beans. We offer the world's finest organic specialty coffee beans scoring 84-87 and rising.

Bukavu, république Democratique du Congo

 NYC | Black Earth, Wi, USA

THE WORLD'S FINEST SPECIALTY COFFEE BEANS, ETHICALLY NURTURED

 BY CONGOLESE COOPERATIVES USING SUSTAINABLE PRACTICES

PEACE WITH EVERY SIP 

Congolese ownership. All women executive team. 

Join the Peace Trade, be the change. 

Linda, from our Executive team featured here in the New York Times, ensures the highest quality and standards, sourcing directly from Congolese cooperatives. Our Arabica impresses with natural hints of cocoa and hazelnut followed by a clean, balanced finish, a unique flavor profile resonating throughout American and European coffee shops. We only source award-winning specialty beans raised with the highest international standards.

 

CLIMATE.

As coffee lands disappear throughout South and Central America, Kenya and Ethiopia, the industry shifts inland towards the Democratic Republic of Congo. 
We are well-positioned to grow sustainably for generations, shielded from the impending effects of climate change: rising production prices and reduced coffeelands worldwide.

“It tastes fantastic,

very clean finish, with hints of cocoa and some hazelnut. It’s unique.

Most African coffee that I have had are more floral and fruity.

This is, I thought, straight cocoa.

I am impressed”

-John, Owner & Master Roaster, John Joseph Coffee

STORY.

We set out to lead an economic transformation rooted in community and capacity-building, fueled by the 4th wave of global coffee consumption - a $100B industry.


We provide connoisseurs and ethical businesses with the highest quality coffee, while sharing stories of Congolese partners to inspire, educate, and end poverty and conflict through economic transformation and international advocacy.

 
 

GREAT LAKES

 The Great Lakes Connection;

from the African Great Lakes to the American Great Lakes, a mighty tribe creates the Peace Trade

Coffee plantations in the Democratic republic of congo

 

Mighty TRIBE.

LINDA

Chief quality officer

Linda Mugaruka graduated from the Evangelical University in Africa in Bukavu with a degree in agromic and environmental sciences. She embraced the sector of coffee in 2016 through a coffee project called "Kahawa Bora ya Kivu",The Best Coffee of Kivu. She is one the highest credentialed specialty coffee experts in the Great Lakes region and qualified among the best specialty coffee tasters through an annual specialty coffee event organized by USAID, ECI, WCR, ONC, ELAN RDC, FEED the FUTURE. As Chief Quality Officer, Linda ensures that Mighty Peace Coffee produces award winning coffee while abiding by the highest ethical and sustainable environmental and labor standards. In addition to specialty coffee tasting, Linda is an engineer in Agronomic studies specialized in cropping.

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JIM

director of development

Jim N. Ngokwey was born in Senegal, lives in New York City, hails from the Democratic Republic of Congo and is a proud Pan-African. He is passionate about Africa, business and development and is committed to using his expertise and resources to empower African entrepreneurs and drive wealth creation. As part of his work with the Sub-Saharan African Chamber of Commerce, he conducted an exploratory trip to the Democratic Republic of Congo to study the country’s business environment. The outcome was the 2018 DRC Investment Opportunity report which focuses on the risks and rewards of investing in SMEs in the country. He is proud to be on the Might Peace Coffee team and is excited to play a role in helping the organization reach its immense potential. 

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JD

FOUNDing chairman

Partner

Born in Atlanta Georgia in the 1970s, raised by a civil rights attorney father and catholic faith leader mother, and with social justice at his core, JD began visiting the African Great Lakes as a university student alongside his housemate, a refugee from African Great Lakes conflicts. Over the decades, JD has worked with local communities as an organizer, human rights defender, award winning documentary filmmaker, and an advocate ally for the Congolese-led development of local economies. Invited to keynote at Harvard, Yale, Oxford, LSE, and over 100 centers for thought and policy leadership, JD argues the key to Congo peace is in charting its own economic path forward. After having been asked to support local coffee cooperatives, JD offered to assemble the international business and marketing team needed to support Linda and the Congolese coffee cooperatives as they transform local economies. JD served in the Obama White House and has founded and led myriad initiatives aimed at ending armed conflicts and spurring economic development, including Stand With Congo. JD lives in New York City with his true love, Liza. 

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LIza

Chief executive officer, partner

An expert educator, international communicator, successful entrepreneur and marketer, born and raised in New York City, Liza has developed her executive Midas touch leading Fortune 500 corporate culture creation, coaching, and sales team retreats. After earning a political science degree from the University of Wisconsin, Liza spent the following decade working overseas with at-risk communities earning a Master's Degree in Education, working with immigrant populations, and mastering the art of corporate leadership through facilitating workshops and trainings for over 200 companies. Liza leads the all-women executive team from her homes in Miami and NYC, where she emphasizes family values, time with loved ones, respect for the land, environment, and planning sustainably for future generations. As a health and wellness guru, Liza leads health and wellness retreats for women in Miami, NYC, and all those a part of the Mighty Peace tribe. Liza lives with her partner JD, and keeps up with her work partner and dear sister-in-peace Heather.

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HEATHER

Chief operations and sales officer,

partner

Heather Foseid, born and raised in the U.S. Great Lakes Region, owns and operates her family farm tucked away in the rolling hills of Black Earth, Wisconsin. Representing the nation’s first Fair Trade organic coffee brand, Heather’s midwestern charm married with Erin-Brockovich-like relentless ambition, was responsible for skyrocketing sales at locations countrywide. Heather brings decades of experience operating the farm, the Mighty Peace Coffee roasting site, and increasing sales for myriad brands. Heather owned a health food brokerage for 11 years, scaling all startup companies to national. She specializes in creating and fortifying relationships with partners, vendors, retailers and distributors. She oversees daily operations of the company, including coffee roasting, online marketing, finance and sales. She motivates employees to achieve maximum performance and dedication to our mission, while evaluating performance by analyzing and interpreting data and metrics.

Heather runs Mighty Peace Coffee operations on her family’s farm with her son Mateo. Mateo likes playing soccer with Dave’s daughter Eleanor in Madison, WI.

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DAVE

founder, 

partner

Dave is a life-long businessman and entrepreneur with a background in finance and accounting. He received his MBA from the University of Wisconsin - Madison. Dave’s background includes working with one of the first angel investment groups in the state of Wisconsin 15 years ago, buying and financing commercial real estate projects, starting an energy drink company, and consulting with many startups and mid-size companies around business and product development. Dave is currently CFO of Peace Ventures, CEO of Augment (www.goaugment.io) a software firm in Madison, and creator and interviewer of Flyover Labs, (www.flyoverlabs.io), a podcast on business and innovation where he interviews innovators, entrepreneurs and venture capitalists. Dave practices health and wellness with an ambition to lend his considerable business expertise to strengthening humanity at its core

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