At Starbucks®, we purchase three percent of the world’s coffee, which is grown by more than 400,000 farmers much like Blanco.
Here are six things Starbucks® and coffee farmers around the world are doing to help ensure the future of coffee is sustainable and strong:
1. Sustainable sourcing and growing. Starbucks® coffee is 99 percent ethically sourced, and the company is on a mission to make coffee the world’s first sustainably sourced agricultural product. We purchase coffee verified by C.A.F.E. (Coffee and Farmer Equity) Practices. Developed with Conservation International, these guidelines provide comprehensive social, environmental, and economic criteria to help sustain and strengthen coffee communities.
2. Open-source agronomy. Starbucks® Farmer Support Centers at Hacienda Alsacia in Costa Rica and in eight other coffee-growing countries around the world bring agronomists, researchers and farmers together to share the latest research, information, advice and tools to grow coffee more sustainably and profitably.
3. Sharing climate-resilient coffee trees. We have donated more than 31 million climate resilient coffee trees like the hybrids created at Hacienda Alsacia. Farmers, whether they grow coffee for Starbucks® or not, can use these trees to replace those declining in productivity from age or disease. Starbucks® has a goal of providing 100 million trees to farmers by 2025.
4. Loans for farmers. The Starbucks® Global Farmer Fund has invested $49 million in coffee-producing countries around the world, funds farmers can use to renovate and strengthen their farms and farming practices to be even more productive and sustainable.
5. Support in difficult times. At Starbucks®, we will use our Farmer Support Centers to share information and supplies during the global COVID-19 response. In addition, the Starbucks® Foundation provided $1 million to Mercy Corps to help support education, communication, supplies and materials to assist in the prevention of COVID-19 in those coffee, tea and cocoa farming communities.
6. Investing in diverse and high-quality coffee. Starbucks® is committed to a diversified buying approach to ensure demand for high-quality coffee grown by women, smaller coffee growers and from a wide variety of places around the world.
Thank you for joining us on a virtual field trip to Costa Rica. Hopefully it’s given you a glimpse into the challenges agronomists and coffee farmers face.
On the brighter side, it’s also shone light on the steps Starbucks® and farmers around the world are taking to help ensure the future of coffee – for everyone.
Join us on a virtual field trip to Costa Rica, where you can meet some of the agronomists and farmers working hard to make sure your coffee cup stays full well into the future.