Mighty Peace Coffee, founded in 2018, is a women-and-minority-owned social impact coffee company based in the U.S. with offices in Europe and Africa. We're introducing a new global trade model that takes care of people and the planet while promoting peace. Mighty Peace Coffee is serving 9,000 farmers in the Democratic Republic of Congo by delivering epic specialty coffee to 84 U.S. coffee companies in 24 states.
A Mighty Change
Mighty Peace Coffee was born out of the Congolese peace movement by an international team of business leaders, coffee experts and innovators, community organizers and human rights defenders. Our journey starts with the desire to make a difference in the world.
We believe a company which prioritizes love of humanity, the health of the planet, and service to communities will transform the industry and world, leaving a legacy we can be proud of.
Our mission is to provide coffee connoisseurs, specialty enthusiasts, and ethical businesses with the highest quality coffee, while sharing the stories of Congolese friends and partners to inspire, educate, and end poverty, injustice, and conflict worldwide.
We recognize that the power and privilege of our conscious community can end cycles of conflict and poverty.
We uphold high labor standards, livable compensation, and invest significantly in local human capital everywhere we operate; from the Democratic Republic of Congo to the United States of America. Our policies favor farmer and worker fairness, capacity building leadership development, and enhancing democratic structures. We exceed Fair Trade standards and maintain equivalent certifications.
We are committed to practices that support soil health, biodiversity, and organic regenerative models. Our policies favor regenerative practices: conservation tillage, cover cropping, through which farmers increase the organic matter in soils over time to replenish the land and sequester the carbon from the atmosphere. Our practices and reforestation initiatives ensure that the environment is protected, leaving a healthy sustainable planet for generations to come.
Peace depends on inclusivity, equality, sharing wealth fairly and transparently, and working intergenerationally valuing intersectionality. We advocate policy progress at the governmental and community level. Our peace cooperative partners provide sustainable economic opportunities for populations that have experienced conflict. We unite communities previously divided by violence and the instability of armed conflict. We provide support, education and opportunity to survivors.
Meet the Mighty Tribe
Chief Executive Officer,
An expert educator, international communicator, successful entrepreneur and marketer, born and raised in New York City, Liza has developed her executive Midas touch leading Fortune 500 corporate culture creation, coaching, and sales team retreats. After earning a political science degree from the University of Wisconsin, Liza spent the following decade working overseas with at-risk communities earning a Master's Degree in Education, working with immigrant populations, and mastering the art of corporate leadership through facilitating workshops and trainings for over 200 companies. Liza leads the all-women executive team from her homes in Miami and NYC, where she emphasizes family values, time with loved ones, respect for the land, environment, and planning sustainably for future generations. As a health and wellness guru, Liza leads health and wellness retreats for women in Miami, NYC, and all those a part of the Mighty Peace tribe.
Linda Mugaruka graduated from the Evangelical University in Africa in Bukavu with a degree in agronomy and environmental sciences. She embraced the sector of coffee in 2016 through a coffee project called "Kahawa Bora ya Kivu",The Best Coffee of Kivu. She is one the highest credentialed specialty coffee experts in the Great Lakes region and qualified among the best specialty coffee tasters through an annual specialty coffee event organized by USAID, ECI, WCR, ONC, ELAN RDC, FEED the FUTURE. As Chief Quality Officer, Linda ensures that Mighty Peace Coffee produces award winning coffee while abiding by the highest ethical and sustainable environmental and labor standards. In addition to specialty coffee tasting, Linda is an engineer in Agronomic studies specialized in cropping.
Born in Tübingen, Germany, raised by Kurdish and Turkish parents, Seba has always loved bringing two worlds together. Being passionate about societal and technological progress, Seba decided to become a Business Psychologist. She researched how people behave and interact in economic context: how we interact with human-centric technology and how we as a society innovate industries. At Mighty Peace Coffee she's engaging in Marketing & Communication to pioneer in the Peace Trade. Moreover, Seba is a Cloud Strategist at Google understanding that businesses and humans grow through social cooperation which enables a modern society to thrive. Seba lives in Dublin, Ireland and appreciates a peaceful world.
Jennifer Malanday hails from the Philippines. Jennifer started at working at Mighty Peace Coffee as the CEO's Executive Assistant, she worked her way up the ladder to become the Director of Operations, where she excelled in her role. Despite having no prior experience in the coffee industry, Jennifer has quickly adapted to the fast-paced and dynamic nature of the business. Her background in administrative jobs, combined with her strong work ethic and problem-solving skills, has enabled her to lead the operations team at Mighty Peace Coffee with great efficiency and effectiveness. Since joining the Mighty Peace Coffee team in 2020, Jennifer's exposure to the specialty coffee industry provided her with an opportunity to gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of coffee and Congo, where some of the world's finest coffee beans are grown. This newfound passion for specialty coffee has helped Jennifer to become a valuable member of the Mighty Peace Coffee team, bringing a wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm to the table. For any operations and logistics-related needs, Jennifer is here to offer reliable, timely, and exceptional service, bringing a smile to your face with her warm and welcoming personality.
Jim N. Ngokwey lives in New York City, hails from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and is a proud Pan-African. He is passionate about Africa, business and development and is committed to using his expertise and resources to empower African entrepreneurs and drive wealth creation on the continent. As part of his work with the Sub-Saharan African Chamber of Commerce, he conducted an exploratory trip to the DRC to study the country’s business environment. The outcome was the 2018 DRC Investment Opportunity report which focused on the risks and rewards of investing in agriculture and energy in the country. The following year, in 2019, he Co-Founded the Congolese Diaspora Impact Summit to connect Congolese across the world seeking to contribute and make an impact in the DRC. He is proud to play a role in revitalizing DRC’s coffee industry, while supporting and creating jobs locally. He is committed to introducing Congo’s best coffee at scale to the global marketplace and adding a new chapter to the country’s narrative.
Born in Atlanta Georgia in the 1970s, raised by a civil rights attorney father and catholic faith leader mother, and with social justice at his core, JD began visiting the African Great Lakes as a university student alongside his housemate, a refugee from African Great Lakes conflicts. Over the decades, JD has worked with local communities as an organizer, human rights defender, award winning documentary filmmaker, and an advocate ally for the Congolese-led development of local economies. Invited to keynote at Harvard, Yale, Oxford, LSE, and over 100 centers for thought and policy leadership, JD argues the key to Congo peace is in charting its own economic path forward. After having been asked to support local coffee cooperatives, JD offered to assemble the international business and marketing team needed to support Linda and the Congolese coffee cooperatives as they transform local economies. JD served in the Obama White House and has founded and led myriad initiatives aimed at ending armed conflicts and spurring economic development, including Stand With Congo. JD lives in New York City with his true love, Liza.
Green Coffee Director
Gerra Harrigan is an established coffee professional with over 20 years of experience in
Okay, maybe more than 20 years, but here is the condensed story, she started slinging coffee in
high school, served up lattes through college, helped start up a boutique coffee roasting
company (then stayed for ten years), worked for one of the largest green coffee importers for
another 10 years and then softly and happily landed at Mighty Peace Coffee as Green Coffee
Director in June 2023.
Bottom line, she is a coffee lifer and brings a robust and unique perspective to the industry.
She is passionate about learning all she can about the beautiful country that is the Democratic
Republic of Congo. She is excited to bring these stunning coffees to the North American
specialty market one roaster at a time.
Gerra is a certified Q grader. She lives outside Boston with her husband and two daughters and
Team Europe 🇪🇺
Peace with every sip all around the world!
Mighty Peace Coffee recently trippled its European presence with the expansion of its EU-based team. Seba Kaplan, Director of Marketing, works closely with Amélie Kiefer, responsible for UX Design as well as with Selma Kaplan, responsible for Digital Engagement Concepts and Project Management.
Our Root Orgs
Our collective of entrepreneurs and innovators have founded and led the following organizations, laying the ethical foundation for Mighty Peace Coffee.