Grounds for Empowerment Community Forum


The Grounds for Empowerment (GFE) program is pleased to welcome our cohort of women specialty coffee farmers – Ramona Diaz, Ivania Calderon, Alexa Marin, and Sara Corrales – to Georgia for the second annual Grounds for Empowerment Community Forum which features critical coffee industry networking sessions, and community events that will boost their skills and their connections to end markets. #GFECF17

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Farm Dinner - Thursday, October 19

To celebrate their hard work, their great coffees, and their time with us in Atlanta, please join us at Love is Love Farm at Gaia Gardens for a special Farm Dinner. Amazing local chefs and mixologists are preparing coffee-inspired food and drinks, and there will be a live auction for an origin trip to Nicaragua’s coffee country.

Featured Food and Drinks by:

Purchase tickets online here.

Dinner is rain or shine. No tickets will be sold at the door, please purchase tickets in advance. All proceeds from event will support the GFE program.


GFE Monthly Grind

Join us in the Coke Commons of the Goizueta Business School for the GFE Monthly Grind. We will be serving GFE coffee in Chemexes along with catering from Good Measure Meals. The farmers will do a quick introduction of themselves, and you can stick around to ask them a few questions afterwards.

Tuesday, October 17th from 8:00am to 10:30am


Private Cuppings

The GFE team will also have the chance to do two other cuppings together as a team. On Monday, the team will head over to Radio Roasters to do a cupping with their coffees as well as other coffees from around the world. On Tuesday, the team will head up to Roswell, GA to the Thrive Farmers facility to meet with their team to further discuss the art of cupping and the ways to articulate what they experience with each unique coffee.


GFE Public Cupping

The GFE Public Cupping will be held at the Counter Culture Coffee Training Facility in the King Plow Arts Center. All are welcome to join for a formal cupping of GFE coffee and to hear a few words from the farmers about their farms. We will also have a brief Q&A afterwards for everyone to ask the farmers about their work in Nicaragua.

Thursday, October 19th from 11:00am to 1:00pm -- Register Here

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Professional Development

Throughout the week, the team will have several opportunities to go through several learning modules developed by our Program Director, Peter Roberts. These learning modules will focus on how the farmers can reach their full potential as coffee entrepreneurs in Nicaragua. GFE will also set up several "Convos with Pros" sessions for the farmers to talk with seasoned experts in the coffee supply chain.


Follow the GFECF on social media with #GFECF17