27 Jul '16, 4pm

Starbucks Support for Coffee Growers in Colombia

Starbucks has been serving some of Colombia’s finest coffees since opening its doors in Seattle’s Pike Place Market in 1971. Since then, the company has grown to become the world’s largest purchaser of premium arabica Colombian coffee. Today, 99% of the coffee Starbucks buys from Colombia is verified through the company’s rigorous ethical sourcing program. When Starbucks launched its groundbreaking C.A.F.E. (Coffee and Farmer Equity) Practices verification program in 2004, Colombia was among the first countries where these standards were implemented. As the program grew, Starbucks opened a Farmer Support Center in 2012 in Manizales, Colombia to provide more on-the-ground training and agronomy support to Colombian coffee farmers. This year, on Colombia’s National Coffee Day, Starbucks honored the more than 60,000 farmers and their families who have participated in C.A.F.E. ...

Full article: https://news.starbucks.com/news/starbucks-farmer-support-...

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