Founder, Kawa Moka

Emi-Beth is a coffee entrepreneur and gender advocate with over 15 years’ experience in accounting and hospitality. She founded Kawa Moka, a Ghanaian social enterprise aiming to elevate Ghanaian coffee on the global stage, create jobs, and support disadvantaged communities.

Kawa Moka collaborates with local farmers to produce high-quality Robusta and Arabusta beans for export and adds value locally by roasting and packaging coffee for wholesale, retail, and export. The enterprise aims to include women and youth, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds, in the coffee value chain.

Emi-Beth graduated with a BSc in Business Administration (Cum Laude) from Ashesi University. While at Ashesi, she started a campus coffee shop that became popular among students. After graduation, she ran the cafe successfully for two years while working full-time with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and obtaining her ACCA qualification. In six years at PwC, Emi-Beth rose rapidly in Ghana and Kenya. In 2015, she founded Kawa Moka.

Since its inception, Kawa Moka has made significant strides, running cafes at Impact Hub Accra, the British Council, Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology, and the Nubuke Foundation. Kawa Moka products are available in leading supermarkets across Ghana and are delivered worldwide through e-commerce stores and select distributor partnerships.

With support from the Ghana Climate Innovation Center and other strategic partners, Kawa Moka focuses on sustainability. The coffee roastery is powered by solar energy, CO2 emissions have been reduced with the purchase of a Vortex, and over 10,000 coffee trees have been planted with women farmers in Leklebi and Dzolokpuita. Kawa Moka has also introduced biodegradable packaging that won Best Packaging at the Guzakuza Women in Agriculture awards and created a skincare line utilizing coffee waste.

Emi-Beth has been recognized as a young leader. In 2019, she was acknowledged by the President of Ghana for her contribution to job creation and industry through Kawa Moka. She is a past Curator for the Ho hub of the Global Shapers Community, a youth initiative of the World Economic Forum. She is also a LEAD scholar and Board Director of the Specialty Coffee Association, with over 40,000 members. Emi-Beth is a winner of the Presidential Pitch Competition, a Tony Elumelu Entrepreneur, and the Ghana Startup Cup 2015.

Emi-Beth holds certificates from CEIBS in Women in Entrepreneurship and Leadership in Africa and from Wharton Business School.