Coffee Connections

Persabelle Debela, a University of Minnesota Duluth international student from Ethiopia, is pursuing an accelerated Masters in Business Administration and is working to improve compensation and conditions for workers in the coffee export business. Debela has connected with two Minnesota companies—Duluth Coffee Company and Minneapolis-based Cafe Imports—to study how fair trade coffee exports can lead to unfair compensation for farmers abroad. She is using local knowledge to research the impacts of the coffee business on a global scale. Learn more.