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Bears Brew Back


The coffee we serve is single origin, 100% Nicaraguan. And while we’re proud to serve one of the finest cups of coffee you’ll ever enjoy, we’re even more proud to be giving back to the people who grow these great beans.

Bears Brew Back is a philanthropic partnership with Java City Coffee Roasters and is an ongoing, long-term commitment to improve the lives of the people of Nicaragua. For Bears Brew Back, we work with the Global Aldea Foundation, the non-profit arm of the Global Aldea Coffee Cooperative, to identify humanitarian projects in Nicaraguan communities.

Since 2019, we’ve funded clean water storage, filtration and piping projects serving more than 250 families and thousands of students each year in their homes and schools. We have also funded a school kitchen and lunchroom and have provided 5,000 backpacks filled with school supplies to area children.

Our Projects

Backpack Project


Through generous donations from our franchise community, we were able to send 2,000 backpacks and fill them with essential school supplies for the area’s school children

Well Project

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We’re proud to help families in Mancotal, Nicaragua get fresh water to their homes through a new well and piping system.

New Projects Announced!

We’re excited to announce three new projects have been identified for funding through our Bears Brew Back program.

School Lunchroom – La Virgen Community, Jinotega

Currently the community has two 8’ x 8’ rooms for 94 students to accommodate pre-school thru sixth grade classes. Children have to eat meals outside (in rain and sun) and in unsanitary conditions as animals roam the area. Black Bear Diner is funding the construction of a lunchroom so meals can be eaten out of the elements and in a sanitary environment.

Clean Water to Community Homes Pantasma Community, Jinotega

Black Bear Diner is providing funding for the construction of water storage and treatment as well as piping water to 30 homes in the Pantasma Nicaragua community.

Water Filtration System for Schools Surrounding La Virgen, Jinotega

Black Bear Diner is funding a water filtration pilot program to provide clean water to area schools. Currently, all clean water projects focus on residential homes, leaving children exposed to unclean water while they are at school.

Our Partners

Global Aldea Cooperative


Founded in 1992, Global Aldea is a farming cooperative that brings together over 3,000 northern Nicaraguan coffee farmers, 40% of whom are women.


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Our story started in 1985 when we began hand roasting the world’s finest coffees in an old brick building in downtown Sacramento. If you’ve noticed our coffees are smoother tasting than most, it’s not by accident. Our beans are carefully roasted using authentic Italian bricklined roasters that provide radiant heat, allowing a slower, longer roast. We know our way takes more time, but we wouldn’t dare change a thing.  Read More

How You Can Help



Purchase some of our single origin, 100% Nicaraguan coffee and all profits from the sale of the coffee goes to fund our Bears Brew Back initiatives. Click below to order a bag (or bags) from the Java City Coffee Roasters online retail store.

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Information and Updates

Mancotal Well & Piping Project Update

June 2019

We are incredibly excited, and incredibly proud, to announce to completion of our first Bears Brew Back project in Mancotal Nicaragua. The well, pump house and piping system providing clean water to 40 homes and a community school is complete.

Backpack Project Update

May 2019

During our Annual Managers’ Conference we stuff another 1,000 backpacks with essential school supplies, brining our total sent to Nicaragua to 2,000. Thank you to all our managers from 130 diners who helped in this amazing project.

Did You Know?

Small Nicaraguan coffee farmers grow our Black Bear Diner blend with our delicious single origin 100% Nicaraguan coffee.

Nicaragua Fact

Nicaragua is the poorest country in Central America and the second poorest in the Western Hemisphere, behind only Haiti. 42.5% of Nicaraguans live below the poverty line, surviving on less than $1 per day. 75.8% of the population lives on less than $2 per day.



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