Our Coffee

99% of our coffee is ethically sourced and accredited by Conservation International under our C.A.F.E Practices programme. We are the largest coffee retailer to reach this milestone.

We launched our ground-breaking C.A.F.E (Coffee and Farmer Equity) Practices back in 2004 with Conservation International to create a long-term supply of high-quality coffee and positively impact the lives of coffee farmers.

C.A.F.E. Practices, are buying guidelines that define our ethical sourcing principles and help our farmers grow coffee in a more sustainable, fair way. Coffee that we purchase must meet the following standards:
  • Product Quality (requirement): All coffee must meet Starbucks standards of high quality
  • Economic Accountability (requirement): Coffee suppliers must submit evidence of payments made throughout the supply chain to show how much 0f the amount Starbucks pays gets to the farmer
  • Social Responsibility (evaluated by third-party verifiers): These are measures to ensure safe, fair, and humane working conditions, such as protecting worker’s rights, providing adequate living conditions. Compliance with minimum-wage requirements and addressing child labour/forced labour, and discrimination is mandatory
  • Environmental Leadership (evaluated by third-party verifiers): Measurements to help manage waste, protect water quality, conserve water and energy, preserve biodiversity and reduce agrochemical use along the supply chain
To date, more than a million farmers and workers on four continents have benefited by participating in Coffee and Farmer Equity (C.A.F.E) Practices. With C.A.F.E Practices, our coffee farmers are producing higher quality and high production yields, and are able to better conserve natural resources.

All of our Espresso Roast coffee is also accredited by Fairtrade across our company-operated European markets.