Fact Sheet: Colombia Farmer Support

At Starbucks, coffee is the heart and soul of our company and we are committed to serving the highest quality Arabica coffee sourced in the most ethical way possible. We also know that our success is dependent on the success of coffee farmers around the world and as a result, have established a comprehensive approach to how we support their livelihoods.

This infrastructure, developed over a decade ago, comes to life for the thousands of Colombia farmers every day – across more than 10 coffee producing regions – in the following ways:

Sourcing Standards:

Developed with Conservation International ten years ago, Coffee and Farmer Equity Practices (C.A.F.E.) are a set of 200 guidelines ensuring that social, environmental and economic sourcing standards are being met while being open-sourced and implemented across our supply chains.

Agronomy Support:

Our Farmer Support Centers located in coffee-growing regions support the awareness of and participation in Starbucks C.A.F.E. Practices with agronomists and quality experts working directly with farmers and supply chain to provide support on coffee quality and sustainability.

Community Engagement:

In order for our customers to have a high quality coffee experience we must care for, and honor, all of the people whose livelihoods are dependent on this vital commodity. From individual farmers to entire communities, we cultivate long-term relationships that support the future of specialty coffee.