Coffee Partnership

Pizza Ranch is proud to partner with the Tesfa Foundation to help supply internationally sourced restaurant coffee—and support literacy and education for Ethiopian children. Pizza Ranch’s Chief Operating Officer, Jon Moss, explains what got this unique program brewing.

Q: Tell us more about coffee’s role at Pizza Ranch®.

Q: What led Pizza Ranch to partner with the Tesfa Foundation?

Q: Tell us more about how the coffee partnership has developed.

Q: How have Pizza Ranch’s franchisees and managers responded to the program?

Coffee Partnership Timeline

September 2013

Pizza Ranch begins partnering with churches in the U.S. to serve Ranch Roast coffee.

October 2013

Two brand new furnished schools that are supported by Pizza Ranch's coffee program, opened their doors and welcomed 400 first-time students. The schools, which finished construction in April of this year, each have 200 students attending and are at 80% capacity. The two schools also employ 15 people in teaching and administration positions. Each of the two schools were built next to existing 1st-8th primary schools to enhance and support existing educational systems. 

“We thank the staff of Ethiopia Reads and the community members of Azedabo and Fundame for their commitment to seeing these schools through to completion and now, most importantly, their operation."

Jon Moss, Pizza Ranch’s Chief Operating Officer
May 2014

The first kindergarten students graduate from the schools Pizza Ranch’s coffee supports

"School graduations are the most important time of the year for students and families. They can celebrate their accomplishment and build upon their educational foundation at the next school they attend."

Dana Roskey, Tesfa Executive Director
May 2017

Pizza Ranch continues to make an impact in Southern Ethiopia through the schools it helps support through its coffee program with the fourth class of graduating kindergarten students from the Pizza Ranch coffee supported schools.

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