Fi-lan’thro-pe is a non-profit, US-based 501(c)3 charity organization which works with and supports indigenous, ethnic-minority coffee growing communities in India, Indonesia, Laos, and Vietnam. The focus of their work is to empower communities with knowledge and technical skills about that which they rely upon for their livelihood: coffee. Fi-lan'thro-pe works to realign the coffee value-chain in order to alleviate poverty, re-establish healthy ecosystems, and create a healthy social environment for communities based on principles of compassion, truth, dignity, and open-source knowledge sharing.

In essence, the immediate goal of fi-lan'thro-pe is to temporarily fill any and all knowledge gaps about coffee production which a community possesses. As the community builds its skill and knowledge, fi-lan'thro-pe carefully removes itself from each area it provides assistance. The long term goal of fi-lan'thro-pe is to no longer be needed.

Programs are based on a principle of community-driven development, meaning that the decision makers are the community members themselves, and a program is only pursued once a community decides for itself that they desire such assistance.

All of the coffee development work with the JCFC is performed in direct partnership with filanthrope.

Coffee development programs include:

  • Elimination of all petrochemical fertilizers and pesticides

  • Production of bio-fertilizers and bio-pesticides

  • Re-Establishing native forests through agro-forestry techniques

  • Re-vitalizing soil fertility through Indian, Japanese, Korean and Lao natural farming techniques

  • Coffee Waste Transformation Programs

  • Organic coffee seedling production

  • Coffee cooperative structure

  • Traceability and transparency protocols

  • Coffee sensory analysis training

  • Coffee roasting techniques and roasted coffee production

  • Coffee brewing methodology

  • Coffee harvesting strategies

  • Coffee processing techniques

  • Coffee processing facility design

  • Coffee drying techniques

  • Coffee price/contract negotiation

  • Cooperative-level warehouse management

  • Coffee variety identification and re-propagation

  • ...Anything involved with coffee

Community-level programs include:

  • Low-cost, community-level biochar/sand water filtration systems

  • Clean cookstove technology

  • Access to non-GMO, organic food crop seeds

  • Food garden programs for primary schools

  • Sustainable building material production (Compressed Earth Blocks)

  • Integrated aqua-vegeculture systems and methodology

  • No-hormone, no-antibiotic, no-waste livestock raising

  • Medicinal plant identification and use

  • Building low-cost electrical grids

  • Providing access to medical healthcare

  • ...and other community-driven programs