Farmer Support Centers
Starbucks has established Farmer Support Centers in key coffee-growing regions to provide local farmers with resources and expertise that can help lower their cost of production, reduce pest and disease, improve coffee quality and increase the yield of premium coffees. Starbucks Farmer Support Centers are home to agronomists and quality experts who work directly with farmers to provide support in growing high-quality Arabica coffee. Through training on soil management, field-crop production and milling processes, farmers can improve the quality and size of their harvest.
Starbucks Farmer Support Center Locations:
- San Jose, Costa Rica – opened 2004
- The agronomists cover Costa Rica, Honduras, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Panama, Guatemala, Mexico, and South America
- Kigali, Rwanda – opened 2009
- Mbeya, Tanzania – started ground operations in 2011
- Manizales, Colombia – opened in 2012
- Yunnan, China – opened in 2012
- Costa Rica – Global Agronomy Research & Development Center – opened in 2013
To help coffee farming communities around the world mitigate climate change impact and to help support long-term crop stability, Starbucks is expanding the company’s comprehensive ethical sourcing program with a new farming research and development center in Costa Rica. The new research and development center is part of Starbucks ongoing commitment to ethically source 100 percent of its coffee by 2015.
Starbucks is adapting this active 240-hectare farm located on the slopes of the Poas Volcano into a global agronomy center. The work happening on this farm will enable the company to provide hands on learning for farmers to expand its Coffee and Farming Equity Practices (C.A.F.E.), the innovative ethical sourcing model developed in association with Conservation International to ensure coffee quality while promoting social, environmental and economic standards.
In addition to supporting resiliency for farmers with techniques that can be implemented around the world, this farm will also influence the development of coffee varietals and provide new insights on soil management practices.
“This investment, and the cumulative impact it will have when combined with programs we have put into place over the last forty years, will support the resiliency of coffee farmers and their families, as well as the one million people who represent our collective coffee supply chain,” says Howard Schultz, Starbucks chairman, president and ceo. “It also opens up an opportunity for Starbucks to innovate with proprietary coffee varietals that can support the development of future blends.”