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It takes a community to make successful
refugee resettlement possible.


We’re on a mission with the refugee community and with you.

1951 Coffee Company, founded in 2015, is a non-profit specialty coffee organization that promotes the well-being of the refugee community in the United States by providing job training and employment to refugees, asylees, and special immigrant visa holders while educating the surrounding community about refugee life and issues.

Our name derives from the year in which the UNHCR, at the 1951 Refugee Convention, 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.

In the spirit of these conventions 1951 Coffee Company was founded to address the unique challenges recently resettled refugees, asylees, and special immigrant visa holders face upon starting their new lives in the U.S. 1951 assists refugees in training for and attaining dignified, living-wage jobs that concurrently provide social, linguistic, and cultural orientation to their new U.S. community.

You can be a part of our community by simply purchasing a cup of coffee in our cafes, buying or gifting our merchandise and whole bean coffees online, donating to support our services like the Barista Training Program, or by volunteering at one of our open houses.


Flagship CAFE


2410 Channing Way
Berkeley, California 94704


Monday - Friday | 7am -7pm
Saturday - Sunday | 8am -7pm




2495 Bancroft Way
Berkeley, California 94720


Monday - Friday | 7am - 7pm
Saturday | 8:30am - 4pm
Sunday | 10:30am - 6pm




6021 College Avenue Oakland, CA 94618


Monday - Friday | 7am-5pm

Saturday - Sunday | 8am-5pm