Membership

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We are 170+ companies in 29 countries working to ensure the future of coffee.

Your Support

Why invest in the future of coffee?

The challenges facing coffee are bigger than any one company can solve. Through collaborative investment in agricultural R&D, we create the foundation for a vibrant and sustainable coffee sector in diverse coffee origins.

Improve coffee’s goodness.

Through research, we improve how good coffee tastes, how good it is for the planet, and how good it is for people who grow it.

Sustain origin diversity and global supply.

Working in strategic geographies, we ensure the long-term supply of quality coffee from diverse origins.

Address the climate crisis.

R&D creates tools, technology and knowledge to reduce the risk that farmers and companies face from climate change.

HEAR FROM OUR MEMBERS

Forging the future of coffee

Why companies large and small from 29 countries have come together to invest in agricultural innovation for the coffee sector.

Become a Member

Two ways to join.

Membership is open to any company whose business depends on or involves coffee and whose membership is consistent with WCR’s mission. Membership fees support all of WCR’s vital research activities.”

Checkoff Program


Contribution tied to coffee purchasing volumes.


For companies that purchase or trade coffee and want their WCR contribution built into the cost of coffee.


Annual Contribution


A fixed contribution amount each year.


Works for any kind of company (roasters, retailers, allied, etc.) funding across departments (R&D, marketing, sustainability).


Support Calculator

Not sure which membership is right for your business? Use our support calculator to best determine your investment and impact. New membership provides for a three-year period of increasing investment. Please contact us to discuss in more detail, and ways we can help build internal stakeholder support.

Checkoff Program

Annual Contribution

Fixed Value

Helpful Documents

Learn more about membership.

FAQ

Common Questions

World Coffee Research is a 501(c)(5) nonprofit agricultural organization. As such, WCR is exempt from U.S. federal income tax. In the U.S., contributions to WCR may be tax-deductible as trade or business expenses. WCR is not a 501c3, therefore contributions are not tax deductible for individuals. Please consult your tax advisor to determine whether and to the extent to which your donation may be deductible.

In 2022, WCR transitioned to a new membership model that links contribution amount to coffee purchase volumes or annual revenue. The transition provides greater equity and transparency among member companies and is more appropriate for securing the kind of long-term, sustainable funding required for agricultural research. Membership fees are unrestricted contributions that provide critical funding for all of WCR’s research activities.

We adopted a simple, straight-forward membership fee structure with four (4) primary categories for industry stakeholders to partner with us: brand roasters/manufacturers/retailers, business-to-business roasters/manufacturers, green coffee suppliers/traders/decaffeinators, and allied companies in the coffee value chain (including equipment, flavoring, food, producers, consulting). If you don't see that your business fits into these categories but are keen to become a member, please contact us and we will be happy to discuss options with you.

Placement in volume/revenue bands is made using current-year figures, to determine membership rate for the following year. WCR membership will be on a calendar year basis. If a member company’s green coffee volume or volume-equivalent increases such that the company would move into a higher membership band, the member will have two years to reach the new target level. At the time of annual renewal, members can also change between the Fixed Rate annual contributions and Checkoff options.


Companies are encouraged to become members of WCR at their appropriate level, and new membership provides for a three-year period of increasing investment to reach the target level. Making a financial contribution to WCR at a lower amount is possible, but does not come with member benefits. Please contact us to discuss further.

World Coffee Research unites the global coffee industry to drive science-based agricultural solutions to urgently secure a diverse and sustainable supply of quality coffee today and for generations to come.

In support of engaging companies in WCR’s work, we offer additional benefits proportionate to contribution and customize each membership. Please see our Member Benefits document above.

Our Members

Industry-driven, collaborative, and global.

Our members—companies large and small—come together precompetitively to set a shared global agenda for coffee research. Their participation is a critical foundation for a vibrant and sustainable coffee sector.

Members

Thank you to all the companies who generously support our work and make it possible.

Coffee tree ($$$$)

  1. illycaffè
  2. KEY COFFEE
  3. Tim Hortons

Seed ($)

  1. 7000 Coffee Trees
  2. Alpaca Coffee Roasters
  3. Apex Coffee
  4. Bäckerei Happ GmbH & Co.
  5. Bagavathi Coffee
  6. Beans n Dough Cookie Company
  7. Bell Lane Coffee
  8. Bodum Roasting
  9. Boon Boona Coffee
  10. Brewpoint Coffee
  11. Bridge Coffee Co.
  12. Bun Coffee Byron Bay
  13. BUNA
  14. CafeTracker
  15. Caravan Coffee
  16. Ceremony Coffee Roasters
  17. Chouette Torréfacteur Laboratoire
  18. Coastal Coffee Traders
  19. Coffee Nexus
  20. Coffee Unified
  21. Coffeebar
  22. Coffein Compagnie
  23. Covoya Ltd.
  24. CuBa BIOTEC
  25. Cultivar Coffee South Africa
  26. Cup north
  27. CUPRIMA
  28. Dancing Goats Coffee
  29. Dear Green Coffee Roasters
  30. Demus S.p.A.
  31. Dispatch Coffee
  32. Espanola Coffee Roasters
  33. Established Coffee
  34. Exhale Coffee
  35. Fadie Sasaguri Roastery Corporation
  36. Falcon Coffees Peru
  37. Firsthand Coffee
  38. FiXX Coffee
  39. Forecast Coffee Company
  40. Fort Findlay Coffee & Doughnut Shoppe
  41. Fortitude Coffee Roasters
  42. Friday Coffee Roasters
  43. Fuglen Coffee Roasters Oslo
  44. Fuglen Coffee Roasters Tokyo
  45. Gaia Artisan Coffee
  46. Good Good Coffee
  47. Honey Coffee
  48. Horiguchi Coffee Research Institute
  49. I & M Smith
  50. Imbibe Coffee Roasters
  51. IRC (Instituto Regional del Café)
  52. Jones Coffee Roasters
  53. Kerchanshe
  54. Kiss the Hippo Coffee
  55. Kua
  56. La Baia Coffee Supply
  57. Limini Coffee
  58. Madcap Coffee Company
  59. Market Lane Coffee
  60. Metric Coffee Co.
  61. Moplaco Trading PLC
  62. Mount Sunzu Coffee Ltd
  63. Murnauer Kaffeerösterei
  64. Nemesis Coffee
  65. Nylon Coffee
  66. Peak Coffee Co
  67. Peekskill Coffee
  68. Philippine Coffee and Barista Insitute
  69. Prometheus Coffee Roasters
  70. Raw Bean Limited
  71. Red Cedar Coffee Co.
  72. RGC Coffee
  73. Rimini Coffee
  74. Ringtons Ltd.
  75. Rio Coffee
  76. Riposo Coffee Roasters
  77. Roundtable Coffee Works
  78. Samadool Coffee
  79. Sample Coffee Roasters
  80. Satoru Coffee
  81. SCS Global Services
  82. SEY
  83. Small Planes Coffee
  84. South India Coffee Company
  85. South Texas Coffee Initiative
  86. Sucafina N.V.
  87. Supremo
  88. Taf Coffee
  89. TBD Coffee Co
  90. TCPL Beverages and Foods Limited
  91. The Artisanal Bean
  92. This Side Up Coffee
  93. True Stone Coffee Roasters
  94. Vides58Coffees
  95. Workshop Coffee

Checkoff Program Participants

Thank you to all the roasters, retailers and suppliers that make this program possible