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JavaJog 5K Fun Run at SCAE in Rimini!

Wednesday, June 11, 8:00 amSCAE logo

JavaJog makes its European debut with a 5K Fun Run in conjunction with the annual conference of the Specialty Coffee Association of Europe (SCAE)!

Runners and walkers will gather at the Fountain at the Piazzale John F Kennedy (in front of the Hotel Best Western La Gradisca) for a 5K course through several parks toward Lake Mariotti.  For the informal run/walk, participants are asked to make a voluntary donation of 20 Euros which will go to the fund for coffee women in the Democratic Republic of Congo.  Rimini JavaJoggers will be recognized as Founders of the European run at future SCAE conferences.

For details on this year’s run, email:, or text +1 202 258 9392JavaJog Rimini Map


JavaJog’s first run was at the 2013 SCAA conference in Boston, where 15 Founders including SCAE’s Drewry Pearson braved biting winds to raise awareness and funds for coffee women in the Eastern DRC.  The first race raised more than $7500 which was awarded to the women’s committee of the Sopacdi farmers cooperative.

The second JavaJog race April 25th in Seattle brought together more than 175 runners and walkers and raised more than $35,000 which will  be awarded to organizations working in coffee producing communities in the Eastern DRC.



JavaJog Raises more than $35K through Seattle Race

Request for Proposals and Grant Review Committee announced

Donations were still coming in three weeks after the Seattle JavaJog, bringing the total amount of contributions to $35,235 after expenses. Top fundraisers Elizabeth Goldblatt of Six Degrees Coffee, and Willem Boot of Boot Coffee were neck and neck in their fundraising up to the day of the race and continuing into the ensuing weeks. In the end, each raised more than $3000 for the cause.

Other top fundraisers included Susan Heller of Atlas Coffee, Twin, Wendy De Jong, and Team SCAE.  In all, more than 500 individuals and companies from around the world made donations in amounts ranging from $10 to $1000.  All sponsorship funds and registration fees, over and above expenses, will be used to fund initiatives on the ground.

JavaJog’s focus now turns to funneling the money to the coffee women in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). A Request for Proposals has been sent to several organizations working in the region, and is also open for other organizations interested in applying.   Applications may be submitted through June 25th, and selected recipients will announced before the end of July.

Members have been selected for the 2014 Grant Review Committee:

  • Charlene Farmer, Board member Food4Farmers, former GMCR, Burington, VT
  • Craig Holt, Atlas Coffee, Seattle, WA
  • Marjoleine Motz, Fair & Sustainable Consulting, Utrect, Netherlands
  • Nate Schaffran, Root Capital, Boston, MA
  • George Watane, 4C Association, Nairobi, Kenya

JavaJog expects fund to be disbursed for use in early August, with brief impact reports to be submitted every two months. Protocols which govern the granting procedures are available here. Details of the grants and their progress will be available online so that they can be shared with the many participants in the race and supporters of the cause.


JavaJog 2014 Results Are In!

We are pleased to announce this year’s winners for the second annual Java Jog for a Cause, held Friday morning, April 25 in Seattle’s Lake Union Park. More than 180 runners lined up on a beautiful Seattle morning for the fun run. This year’s race brought in more than $34,000 for the cause, surpassing it’s $30,000 goal for coffee women in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

Below are the top three winners for each of the 5K and 10K women’s and men’s finishers! Full results here.

10K Women’s

  1. Harper McConnell, Eastern Congo Initiative, Goma, DR Congo (TIME: 40:24)
  2. Jamie Hamburg, Scooter’s Coffee, Omaha, NE
  3. Emi Kamura, Atlantic Specialty/ECOM, Hayward, CA

10K Men’s

  1. Richard Bettles, Belaroma, Australia (TIME: 38:12)
  2. Ben Fischer, Stonecreek Coffee, Shorewood, WI
  3. Jun-Wan Tong, Westrock Trading Co, Littlerock, AK (Platinum Sponsor)

5K Women’s

  1. Rebecca Singer, Coffee Kids, Chicago, IL  (TIME: 23:28)
  2. Aine Garvey, independent traveler on holiday visiting from UK/Ireland
  3. Jessie Myszka, Equal Exchange, Portland, OR (Bronze Sponsor)

5K Men’s

  1.  Mike Mammo, Addis Exporters, Ethiopia (TIME: 18:48)
  2. Guy Burdett, Interamerican Coffee, Houston, TX (ran the Boston Marathon 4/21)
  3. John Cossette, Royal Coffee, Emeryville, CA

Congratulations to them and to all of the JavaJog finishers!  We look forward to seeing you again next year in Seattle.

JavaJog 2014 nears $30K goal in final fundraising push!

The Second Annual JavaJog is just 5 days away – and we’re so close to our fundraising goal of $30,000 for coffee women in the Congo!  A number of fabulous teams and individuals are engaged in lively social media campaigning to spread the word and bring in donations.

Teams from Twin, StoneCreekCoffee, Cafe Vita, Theo, Women in Coffee NW, Equal Exchange, Baratza, SCAE, Boot Coffee, Fairtrade Flyers, On the Ground, It Runs in the Family (from Iceland!), Pueblo a Pueblo, and more….

Plus leading individual fundraisers are Wendy De Jong, Liam Brody, Susan Heller, Emi Kamura, Elizabeth Goldblatt, Kate Fischer, Kelly Goodejohn, Laura Everage and many more!

Big thanks to everyone… keep up the great work through Friday!!! Check out the numbers below ~  very exciting.

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Great Fun, Great Cause, Great T-Shirts ~ JavaJog’s T-shirts also for a Cause

JavaJog participants have spent weeks training and fundraising for coffee women in the Congo. Now, on race day, April 25th, the 150+ participants will proudly sport fair trade organic t-shirts from FairTri™.

Provided by Tri4Freedom, a group committed to raising awareness about the global extent of human exploitation and empowering survivors and marginalized communities by promoting social and environmental sustainability in sport. FairTri™ T-shirts, made by Freeset Global in India, a women-owned business that brings freedom to survivors of human trafficking.image002




The shirts are made by a group of women in India who have been given a chance to empower themselves in a life free from slavery. More than 27 million people are currently enslaved around the world.

JavaJog for a Cause brings together the coffee community for a fun and fitness event that benefits a great cause, raising funds to invest in community-based efforts to improve the quality of coffee and the lives of the people who produce it, with a particular focus on women. This year’s fundraising goal is $30,000, which will be invested in women’s coffee groups in Eastern Congo, South Lake Kivu region.

Sponsors for JavaJog 2014 include Westrock Coffee Company (Platinum Sponsor), Equal Exchange, Baratza, Schluter and Equator Coffees & Teas are providing Bronze Level support, and Roast Magazine is serving as the Media Sponsor. A number of product sponsors, including Theo Chocolate, and Kind Bars round out the current sponsorship lineup for JavaJog 2014.

To learn more about JavaJog for a Cause, visit; or to donate to runners/walkers, visit the JavaJog Crowdrise site.

To learn about FairTri’s mission to introduce triathletes to superior quality products that bring freedom to people around the world, including t-shirts and coffee, visit

We regret that given the overwhelming response to this year’s race, after April 1, we are no longer able to guarantee a t-shirt for every runner.  Great incentive for registering early for next year’s event!