2009 Two rural Kenyan communities gained access to clean drinking water as a result of funds raised during the 2009 Walk for Water event in Portland. This annual event, held in conjunction with United Nations World Water Day and led and sponsored by Portland Roasting, calls attention to the plight of millions of women and […]

Costa Rica

2002 – 2008 The partnership with La Hilda Estate in 1998 marks Portland Roasting’s first Direct Trade purchase. Costa Rica enjoys a higher standard of living than other coffee growing regions. Yet, its rural communities lag behind more developed countries when it comes to technology. Portland Roasting worked with the Vargas Family to establish internet […]

El Salvador

2008 In partnership with Ricardo and Mauricio Valdivieso from the Santa Leticia farm, we worked with Trees for the Future, a nonprofit organization that plants trees in an effort to offset carbon output. 15,000 shade trees were planted for coffee growers in the Ucraprobex Cooperative in the Alpaneca region. Shade trees provide a canopied habitat for birds […]


2007 Portland Roasting sources certified organic coffee from a series of family farms in Northern Sumatra. In Sumatra, there are many small 2 acre farms spread out over a wide area. In order to best serve the farmers and communities in this region, we work directly with a local foundation, Yayasan Bani Adam Permata Hati, to support […]


2006 We buy robusta and arabica beans from the Karnataka Coffee Estates and Sethuraman Estate to use in our blends, and in 2006 we donated funds to the nearby Opportunity School for the Deaf and Mentally Challenged to provide work skills training for the students.   We also assisted the growers in developing a pulp-natural process […]


2006 Portland Roasting donated proceeds from the sale of Tanzanian coffee to the Jane Goodall Institute towards efforts preserving chimpanzee habitat in the Gombean National Forest. 2010 In 2010, the Temeke Primary School in Tanzania gained access to clean drinking water after funds were raised in Portland during the 2010 Walk for Water in conjunction […]

Papua New guinea

2003 The Kinjibi Tribe in Papua New Guinea received construction supplies donated by Portland Roasting to build a primary school. The school serves children of workers at the Madan Estate, a longtime partner of Portland Roasting. 2009 To help educate adults, Portland Roasting financed a women’s literacy program on the Madan Estate. In collaboration with […]


The Finca El Paternal Estate near Huehuetenango, Guatemala is very dear to Portland Roasting, being the home of our first international aid project.  Portland Roasting has directly purchased coffee from Miguelina Villatoro de Merida and her family each year since 1998.   1999 In the mountains of northern Guatemala, getting clean water to the right […]