Vassar College

Just Coffee: Caffeine with a Conscience

In response to a student-initiated petition, Campus Dining is offering a new kind of coffee in the Kiosk this year. Grown, roasted, and distributed by Just Coffee, the Kiosk's new brew reflects the college's long-standing commitment to social and environmental responsibility.

Just Coffee is a grower-owned coffee cooperative from the Mexican state of Chiapas.  Since its creation five years ago, Just Coffee has been producing a variety of world class, shade grown, great tasting organic coffees.  Not only do the grower/owners cultivate the coffee, they also roast it, package it, and ship it themselves.

By roasting the coffee themselves, the grower/owners of Just Coffee are able to keep all of the profits in Mexico.  That means a better, fresher cup of coffee for customers and a better way of life for the farmers and employees in Mexico.  Not only do Just Coffee farmers receive a fair price for their coffee, they and their families receive health and retirement benefits as well.

And all of this helps Just Coffee to support its founding vision: decreasing undocumented immigration into the U.S., and therefore migrant deaths in the desert, by helping Mexican farmers to stay on their land and earn a decent living for themselves and their families.

Every cup we buy helps support this vision of economic justice, human rights, and cross-border cooperation, so try a cup of Just Coffee next time you're at the Kiosk.  Visit Just Coffee online at

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Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential liberal arts college founded in 1861.

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