The Birth of Coffee is a special project of The Image Expedition, a not-for-profit photographic & documentary organization. Image Expedition sponsors include Continental Airlines, Starwood Hotels, Ilford, Olympus America and America On-Line. Please visit The Image Expedition web site for more information.

The Birth of Coffee project has attracted a variety of industry sponsors that have supported this project by purchasing books and prints and sponsoring exhibitions. Sponsors include:

Community Coffee - This progressive organization purchased books from Random House that were printed in a special Community Coffee edition. They also commissioned a set of prints from The Birth of Coffee collection, now on exhibit in their new corporate headquarters in Baton Rouge, Louisana. They also sponsored an exhibition in Baton Rouge in 2008.

Folgers Coffee Company and Millstone Coffee Company - Folgers and Millstone have sponsored Birth of Coffee exhibitions in Napa,Kansas City and New Orleans. The premiere exhibition, sponsored by Millstone, took place at Copia, The American Museum of Wine, Food and the Arts in Napa in 2002. Folgers sponsored an exhibition in Cincinnati in 2008 and also sponored an exhibition in New Orleans in 2009.

Sara Lee Coffee And Tea - Superior and Sara Lee sponsored exhibitions in Las Vegas and New York City.

Maxwell House and Gevalia - Maxwell House sponsored an exhibition in Washington, DC in 2006. Gevalia sponsored an exhibition in Boston in 2003.

Rothfos Corporation - Is one of our preview exhibition sponsors for the 2000 NCA Fall conference. They have also purchased books to be given as gifts.

Ronnoco Coffee Company sponsored an exhibition in St. Louis

Caribou Coffee sponsored two exhibitions. One in took place in 2008 Minneapolis-St. Paul and the second in Chicago in 2009 at the Morton Arboreturm

F. Gavina and Sons has agreed to sponsor exhibitions in Miami and Los Angeles and San Diego

Intelligentsia Coffee sponsored the Chicago Downtown exhibition in 2010

S & D Coffee is sponsoring an exhibition in Charlotte, North Carolina in 2012.

The bottom line is…
We need you!

We cannot accomplish this project alone. We need the resources that only your involvement can provide. With your help we will bring visibility to the people who make the coffee industry and a cup of coffee possible.

Share your ideas with would you like to be a part of The Birth of Coffee project? Contact us at or call us at 512 585-0011.