About Java Ventures
Owner and President, Kimberly Easson established JavaVentures in March, 1996 with a mission to educate coffee professionals and aficionados alike about origin.
As a way to help industry participants ‘connect the dots’ in the supply chain, JavaVentures has taken hundreds of coffee industry professionals on tours throughout Latin America and Africa to foster better understanding between industry players including traders, roasters, retailers, coffee aficionados and farmers.
JavaVentures offers consulting services to companies looking to make their mark in the world of sustainable supply, development and trade. With fifteen years working in the arena of sustainable trade and development, Kimberly’s expertise has helped with dozens of companies better understand supply chain barriers and consumer preferences regarding sustainability.
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Kimberly recently served as the Director of Producer Services and Relations at Fairtrade International, responsible for producer capacity building services for over one million Fairtrade producers in 63 countries. She played a leadership role in the launch of the Fair Trade Certified label in 1999 and the development of the Fairtrade market in the US during ten years.
Kimberly is a frequent speaker at trade conferences throughout the Americas, has written numerous articles published in trade press, and has been quoted by the national and regional media in articles about coffee, trade and social responsibility. She served four years as member of the Board of Directors of the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) and Chair of the Marketing Committee. She is also Co-Founder and past-President of the International Women’s Coffee Alliance (IWCA).
Kimberly holds a Master’s degree in International Business from the University of South Carolina. She began her coffee career in Costa Rica in 1991 as an International Rotary Scholar, where she spent four years working in all aspects of the coffee industry; including production, roasting, export, tourism, marketing and sales.