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It takes a community

to make successful refugee resettlement possible.

We’re 1951 Coffee Company

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1951 Coffee is a non-profit specialty coffee organization seeking to promote the well-being of the refugee community in the San Francisco Bay Area by providing job training and employment to refugees and asylees while educating the surrounding community about refugee life and issues.

In 1951 the United Nations first defined and set forth guidelines for the protection of refugees. These protections were further expanded in the 1967 Protocols giving the UNHCR a global mandate.

1951 Coffee Company was founded in 2015 in the spirit of these conventions to give refugees being resettled in the San Francisco Bay Area assistance in starting their new lives through training and employment in the rapidly expanding coffee industry.

A refugee is someone who owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion, is outside the country of his nationality, and is unable to, or owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail himself of the protection of that country.

– United Nations Refugee Agency


The Cafe

(Coming Soon!)

The 1951 Coffee Shop is a convergence point for refugees and the larger resettlement community.

It is a place to share life — stories from the past and hopes for the future — over a well crafted cup of coffee.

The 1951 Coffee Shop will be opening summer 2016!

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