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About Our Company

There are a lot of people in this world who love coffee. There are also a lot of refugees in this world. There are 79.5 million people that are currently displaced as a result of persecution, conflict, violence or human rights violations (2020 United Nations data). These are the highest levels of displacement EVER recorded.

Route 78 Coffee began with the question, "How can we link this large number of coffee drinkers to our growing need for refugee support?" And while the data for both the refugee numbers and coffee industry impact numbers are huge, we can still start small.


We can choose that the money that we spend on the coffee that we drink in our homes, churches and businesses provides some level of support to those who are without even basic human needs.


​We partner with trusted organizations that are on the ground providing medical care and other basic needs such as food, clothing, and shelter to refugees--both those who have been resettled in the United States and those still en route to a safe and permanent home. Since we are a nonprofit, we are held accountable by our board members to keep our costs low and maximize the amount of our contributions to refugee organizations. 

George Khalil is the company's founder and runs the daily activities of the business. Having come from a minority population being persecuted in Egypt, he is passionate about the plight of refugees. He is a statistician in the public sector and a professor of epidemiology at the University of Georgia. Most importantly, George loves coffee.

Karen Khalil is our business manager and co-founder. Along with her husband George, she oversees the nonprofit’s daily activities and ensures our productivity and efficiency. Karen is also a nurse practitioner at a primary care nonprofit in the Atlanta area.

Our coffee beans are responsibly sourced. They are roasted to perfection and shipped anywhere in the U.S.


Check back often to see our ever-changing line-up of delicious roasts and to get updates on the aid work that is being supported by your choice to drink Route 78 Coffee.

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