Project CommUNITY: Portland, Maine cafe owner combines her love of coffee with her motivation to empower women

‘We love being here’: Immigrant-owned businesses are thriving in Maine

“New Mainers have helped fill thousands of jobs in the state at a time when many businesses are desperate to find workers. Hundreds of immigrants also own businesses in Maine.”

Maine Biz

“Long before Jocelyne Kamikazi became a coffee entrepreneur, she hauled baskets of red, ripe coffee cherries on her head to the wash station in her native Burundi. After making the 30-mile trek from her father’s farm, she’d sometimes have to wait in line for two days at the station.”

Amjambo Africa

Andre Nzeyimana and Jocelyn Kamikazi, owners of Burundi Star Coffee in Portland, grew up in the coffee business in northern Burundi.

Best Iced Coffee Portland 2020

Portland Food Fights 2020

“The Inaugural ICED COFFEE Summer Celebration is in the books and we couldn’t be more proud of our community! What an AMAZING month of the #BestIcedCoffeePortland! Congrats to all the coffee shops and all the Food Fighters for such a super chill month!”

“We had a HUGE turnout in voting and we’re stoked to announce that this year’s People’s Choice award goes to @burundistarcoffee on St John Street! Along with AMAZING iced coffee their shop offers avocado toast, sambousas, and sweet and savory baked goods from @norimotobakery !”

Maine Magazine

A Portland Coffee Shop Shuttered Days After Opening Finds New Customers as it Reopens

Maine Magazine
Sustainably Farmed Burundian Coffee


Couple from Burundi opens Portland coffee shop

Portland Phoenix

Black business owners in Portland see progress in protests | The Portland Phoenix

Banana Soup

Portland Food Map

Burundi Star Coffee Coming to Saint John St – Portland Food Map