The youngest coffee Q grader in the world, Frankie Volkema is launching a new coffee line to support the next generation of coffee farmers.
She is making sure your morning cup of coffee stays brewing for years to come, through the launch of her new coffee line Joven Coffee.
“Joven means young in Spanish so that, that is why we chose it because we’re supporting young farmers,”Frankie Volekma, Founder of Joven Coffee
She is trying to make it a viable career option for a lot of these young farmers because a lot of times it’s a low paying career to be in coffee farming.
In coffee producing countries like Columbia and Africa, farmers are primarily 57-years-old or older. Frankie’s concern is those farmers will eventually retire and there won’t be enough young farmers to take their place.
Frankie’s dad, Tim Volekma, owner of Sparrow Coffee and Schuil Coffee said, “I think it’s an important issue, and you’re going to hear more about it over time. I feel like maybe we’re one of the first people to sort of bring it bring light to this issue.”
As a young professional in the coffee industry, Frankie says she feels it’s her calling to use her talents to support young farmers that may not have the same opportunities she does. So, she teamed up with young farmers in Columbia and a group of women farmers in Burundi Africa and created two single origin varieties under Joven Coffee.
You can learn more about Joven Coffee and Frankie by clicking here.