More Than Good Coffee
We dream of a more vibrant Clarkston, one where refugees have opportunities to thrive. Where they from survival in their first days here to building a life. Where people from greater Atlanta and beyond discover the multi-textured beauty of a global culture right here in our own backyard.
Refuge Coffee Co., a 501c3 non-profit business, exists to serve the global community in Clarkston through coffee-related job creation, job training, social networking, and commerce.

We believe in the resilience of our refugee neighbors. We see incredible strength in our barista/trainees. Our goal is to join in the task of empowering our refugee friends to use their many gifts to help us create refuge. One day soon, we hope to see Clarkston emerge as a destination, a richly-textured “village” where people who live in greater Atlanta and beyond come to experience a dining, entertainment, and shopping experience created by a robust collaboration between immigrant and American business owners.


Big Plan #1 (COMPLETE!): We bought a truck and tricked it out to be the coolest Coffee Truck in town. Our immigrant trainees are serving amazing coffee and specialty drinks all over Atlanta, and we’re all telling the Refuge story. Invite us to your event by sending us an email here. If you want to find our Refuge Truck Stops (where we’ll be and when we’ll be there), follow us on FB, twitter, and IG @RefugeCoffeeCo !


Big Plan #2: We plan to build a Coffee Shop in the heart of Clarkston that reflects the true heart of our city, a veritable mash-up of Asian/African/Arabic/American cultures. We will not only train resettled refugees here; we’ll create a place for these unique cultures to tell their stories and share their lives. And again, want to see a shop happen in Clarkston soon? Donate now!


Big Plan #3: Refuge Roasters. We’ll make Refuge Coffee even better by roasting our own beans. We plan to create a state-of-the-art roasting operation in Clarkston that will provide even more jobs and job training to resettled refuges. Want to see this happen soon? Want to purchase our roasted coffee really soon? Donate now!

From the Blog

The Heartache Beneath the Hashtag

I’m really not a cynic, so when I tell you a thought I had during a recent visit to a Maasai village in Kenya, don’t judge. Our group spent an afternoon with a young woman we all called Mama Julius, her family, and their neighbors. We, the foreigners, and our new friends slaughtered five chickens,…


Room for Sustainability?

You’ve seen it…on grocery store shelves, in cafe windows, printed on your to-go cup sleeve: “Fair Trade” coffee, “Better Than Fair Trade” coffee, “Sustainable” coffee. All words to assure consumers that they are doing the right thing when buying their beans.  Coffee goes under the microscope of ethical business practice often—possibly more often than any…


This is it

Back when Refuge was a mere zygote instead of the tadpole it is today, we had big dreams of introducing our friends who live outside Clarkston to our friends who live in Clarkston. We figured magic might happen if we could pull that off. But first, we had to become a functioning not-for-profit business. I…


A Refuge on a Road

Until my friend and Number One Volunteer, Karen, came up with the brilliant name Refuge Coffee, I spent half a day seriously considering another name for the shop we plan to open in our community. Ellis Island Coffee. Refuge Coffee makes more sense, and sounds better, too. But Ellis Island Coffee had a certain charm.…

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