LOCATION

800 West Avon Rd

Rochester Hills, MI 48307

HOURS

Monday – Friday

 7:30a.m. – 11a.m.
 

CONTACT

lnorman@rc.edu

 

ABOUT —

Kibo Corner is a small coffee cafe located in the student center on the campus of Rochester College in Rochester Hills, Michigan. 100% of our profits go to the Kibo Group International for sustainable development projects in Uganda East Africa. We operate completely with volunteers so our only cost is supplies. Our premium Arabica coffee is grown on the Kapchorwa slopes of Mount Elgon among the Bagisu people. In Jinja Uganda at the Source Cafe the parchment from the single-origin beans is removed and only the finest are hand selected. A master roaster then roasts the premium beans to perfection, providing an exceptional experience for the lover of a dark roast coffee.

 
 

— MEET THE BARSTAS —

 
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annika huey
Kibo fellow

Annika is a senior theater major who learned about Kibo at an early age through her home church, Rochester Church of Christ. While her family has been active in Kibo’s mission for several years, she was eager to play a larger role herself by interning in Jinja this summer.

“The experiences I had while in Africa were priceless, and I am so honored that I was able to represent Kibo while I was there,” Annika says. “I learned so much from the Kibo workers and am so thankful to have the opportunity to be a part of their missions. Now that I am home, I get to be a face for Kibo, whether that means serving coffee or sharing my stories.”

Annika said her favorite part about Kibo is how how the staff fulfill the mission.

“Kibo is dedicated to the people and the process, not just the product,” Annika says. “They build long-lasting relationships and empower the people to use their skills effectively. … That’s the Kibo Way.”


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victoria bliss
Kibo Fellw

Victoria is a senior elementary education major who learned about Kibo as freshman at Rochester College. She was inspired by “coffee with a cause” and decided to play a more integral role as a Kibo fellow this year.

“I chose to be a Kibo Fellow, because I wanted to go to Uganda, and wanted to be a part of something larger than myself,” Victoria says. “It gives me a sense of purpose and adventure, and offered an incredible on campus job.”

As a Kibo fellow, Victoria uses her experience interning in Uganda to further invest in Kibo, from serving coffee to building relationships.

“I enjoy getting to be creative, and giving new ideas on how to make Kibo better,” Victoria says. “I also love how relational working at Kibo is. I get to meet people I never would normally have conversations with.”


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Caleb touchstone

Caleb is a sixth year interdisciplinary studies major with a focus in art. He has been volunteering for Kibo Corner for about two years and says working alongside other Kibo volunteers is the best part of the job.

“Getting to volunteer with such an amazing group of people is beyond a blessing and everyday we work is always a blast,” Caleb says. “I love the work Kibo does in Africa. Being at Rochester college I have been given so much and I wanted to give back and Kibo was the best choice to volunteer my time at.”

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Jessica filipiak

Jessica is a senior at Rochester College. She chose to volunteer for Kibo Corner to support the work of Kibo Group International.

“Not only is this organization helping those who are in need, but they also aim to give them skills they need to continue strengthening their communities on their own,” Jessica says. “I think that sustainable development is the way to go, and I’m grateful to be even a small part of what Kibo is doing.”

 

– Directions–

Kibo Corner is located in the Student Center, which can be found in the North East corner of the Richardson Academic Center.

 
 
 
 
 

– Support Kibo –

 
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