West Papua Coffee for Freedom Foundation

West Papua Coffee for Freedom Foundation

At a glance

Causes

  • Black, asian and minority ethnic groups
  • Children / families
  • Community safety / victim support / domestic violence
  • Criminal justice
  • Education
  • Environment
  • Health and well being / research and care
  • Housing and homelessness
  • Human rights
  • International development
  • Learning disabilities / difficulties
  • Lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgender
  • Local / community
  • Men
  • Mental health
  • Older people / later life
  • Physical disabilities
  • Poverty relief
  • Refugees / migrants
  • Social care
  • Substance misuse
  • Training / employment support
  • Voluntary sector support
  • Women
  • Young people

Other details

Geographical remit: 
International
Charity registration number: 

Objectives

"If you fell the trees, then you destroy human culture as well as the birds of paradise. People depend on the forest, and the forest has always depended on us. We are as one."

Benny Wenda

Fuckoffee (owners of the West Papua Coffee for Freedom Foundation that is not for profit) is more than just a provocative coffee shop with a cheeky atmosphere delivering an unforgettable service. It is a place that engenders freedom of expression, self-determination and a passion for the environment. We set out to establish an ethical, transparent, coffee-growing supply chain, ensuring that all the people that we work with to produce our coffee are treated equitably and with the utmost deference. 

We find child labour, sweatshops and extortionate middlemen abhorrent and pride ourselves on being one of the very few coffee houses that ensure our coffee is organic, shade-grown and free of pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, and harmful fertilizers, which not only produce an inferior coffee but eventually can damage the health of the workers handling it. We have been using shade-grown coffee since our inception, as it is the traditional method and incorporates natural ecological relationships. Whereas ‘open planting’ is unsustainable, ravages the land through overexposure to sunlight and has a negative impact on the environment.

Surprisingly, we didn’t then just sit on our arses all day basking in our self-gratifying wokeness. We actively scrutinised how our product is created and where the raw ingredients are developed by travelling to the region and talking to the suppliers. With such a vested interest in that region, making colleagues and subsequent friends, we, as a business, wanted to help improve the developing local economy of the Purosa valley region, recognising our collective responsibility.

Through our travels, we became friends with Benny Wenda and learned about the many years of atrocities that were inflicted upon the West Papuan people. Benny courageously fled West Papua after being unlawfully incarcerated for his activist actions for independence, reaching the UK in 2002 as an asylum seeker, and now has his home in Oxford. He is the Interim President of West Papua and the Chairman of the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) and a consultant on our campaign drive.

Through the West Papua Coffee for Freedom Foundation, we are presently trying to relocate our coffee imports from a region in West Papua as part of our contribution to the liberation, whilst keeping the indigenous varietal and terroir the same. We now want to assist further by not just raising awareness but adopt a more tangible approach for the Free West Papuan Campaign in London and the UK.

Because Fuckoffee stands for freedom!

Papua Merdeka!

Activities

The objectives of the strategic planning process are to:

  • Raise the awareness in the UK about the atrocities in West Papua
  • Write to MPs especially the APPG
  • Help free political prisoners
  • Develop a Free West Papua volunteer focus Group
  • Organise demonstrations
  • Develop Social Media outlets
  • Organise fundraising events
  • Create literature highlighting the atrocities of the Indonesian Government
  • Source our coffee from a region in West Papua by developing a program/project to sustain a head office, valued employees and working land.
  • Develop a Roastery that will employ college leavers, people that have fallen out of the system and lost graduates, offering them the opportunity to learn the skills of coffee making and obtain a solid career within the industry.

Current approach / Methodology

We appreciate that most campaigns must have a start and end date. But when we are fighting against such tyranny, we do not stop until they do, therefore making most of our objectives a constant. 

  • We shall develop a voluntary focus group to help with planning and gaining support for the cause
  • Conduct as many interviews as possible with any refugees from the region, which we understand are few, but even continued interviews with Benny Wenda will highlight the issue and keep the interest at its optimum
  • Through interactive and directed discussions, we can continue to develop the pressure towards politicians to push the genocide occurring in West Papua and make it part of the international agenda for the UK
  • Dissemination and communication planning to boost the impact of the West Papua Campaign, which will involve all the activities we undertake to relevant stakeholders and other interested parties (including the public) at local and national level
  • The Campaign dissemination activities will be targeted to make knowledge and the results of the Campaign available to relevant governmental and intergovernmental organisations such as the UK Parliament, United Nations and the Indonesian Government.

Our principal objectives are:

  • To seek and promote
  • Organising fundraising events (In the way that we do!)
  • Create articles on our website, highlighting the atrocities of the Indonesian government
  • Source our coffee from a region in West Papua by developing a program/project to sustain a head office, valued employees and working land
  • Clarify and share updated information on the genocide occurring in West Papua to people with the power to enable a change.

We will throughout our existence always work towards our objectives to grow the awareness for a plight so continually unseen, so we shall:

  • Reach out to our community
  • Get them involved
  • Support the coffee the West Papuan’s and Papuan New Guinea produce.

The outcome/impact

  • Fuckoffee would hope to inspire innovative, energetic and sustainable support from people that want to help fight against, ethnic cleansing, military violence, political imprisonment, propaganda and the denial for West Papua people to live, just to live, is a sick purge in our world that needs to be stopped and not an edit by some duplicitous BBC journalist
  • But, ultimately, the overarching aim is to reduce traumatic mental health, improve social identity and confidence, and provide the support to people in West Papua who are dying at the hand of a murdering Indonesian government, the right to have a voice, a referendum a valued existence.

Current opportunities

London (Central), E2 6AB

We need people to help us fight the genocide occurring in West Papua and help with the economic development within the region.