JOIN US to learn and cup coffees with Jeanine Niyonzima-Aroian, Owner of JNP Coffee and passionate Burundi specialty coffee producer, entrepreneur and philanthropist. Born in Burundi, Africa, Jeanine will walk you through a traditional coffee cupping and taste coffees specific to that region. As you taste these incredibly unique, specialty coffees, she will also share her incredible story of why she launched JNP and its’ tremendous impact on both the local and international community.
Learn more about JNP Coffee: www.jnpcoffee.com
Mission of JNP Coffee
JNP Coffee produces, promotes and trades African Specialty Coffee. Owner and manager Jeanine Niyonzima-Aroian passionately pursues her dream of helping the coffee farmers of her birthplace, Burundi, Africa - a specialty coffee-producing country.
Burundi Arabica coffee grows at high altitudes, from 1,200 to 1,950 m (3,937 to 6,397 ft) above sea level, which contributes to the bright acidity, sweet, complex and full body you find in a cup of Burundi coffee.
More about Jeanine Niyonzima-Aroian:
Owner and manager of JNP Coffee, Jeanine Niyonzima-Aroian is committed to advancing both the coffee industry of her birthplace, Burundi, Africa – and its farmers.
Fluent in Kirundi, Swahili, French, English and basic Japanese, Jeanine travels the world producing, promoting and trading the specialty coffee grown in the high altitudes of this small east African nation just south of the equator. In the past six years, she has built a global network of green coffee buyers and roasters who seek high-end micro-lots of Burundi specialty coffee.
Businesswoman and entrepreneur, Jeanine promotes gender equity from seed to cup. She teaches women farming production techniques, rewards their labor with premiums for high-scoring coffee and empowers them as community leaders. Equipped with an MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg School and 20-year track record as a telecommunications consultant and international business manager with Fortune 500 companies, Jeanine entered the coffee industry in 2012.
She first took a struggling Burundi washing station and transformed it into a million-dollar exporter of specialty coffee. Through management changes, coffee cherry procurement and financing, she improved that washing station until it became a First Prize Winner of the 2014 Cup of Excellence (CoE). To her credit, it continues to place at CoE competitions. By 2015, she was an observer at the International Jury CoE Competition in Burundi.
Today, Jeanine’s passion for her coffee trading company includes giving back. Jeanine dedicates her free time to Burundi Friends International. BFI is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization she founded in 2007 that fights poverty by sustaining communities through partnerships in education, healthcare and economic empowerment. Paving a well-worn path from Boston to Burundi, Jeanine happily reflects on her work and mission
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