1951 Coffee Company

1951 Coffee Company

1951 Coffee Company is a non-profit coffee organization that supports the refugee community by providing job training to new arrival refugees and asylees as baristas in the coffee industry.

Our Barista Training Program teaches refugees & asylum seekers the fundamentals of brewing coffee, using an espresso machine, providing customer service, and navigating the American workplace. Our training is free to all participants and is based on barista standards set by the Specialty Coffee Association.

Since our first cohort in 2016, we have trained over 350 barista graduates from 41 different countries. After completing the training program, graduates embark on a rigorous job search through our employment program.

Interested in signing up? Click here to see eligibility and fill out an interest form.

Service Area
East Bay
Flagship Cafe:

2410 Channing Way
Berkeley, CA 94704
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