Farmer Support

We work with over 300,000 farmers across nearly 30 countries to ensure we’re producing the best coffee possible, in the most ethical way.

We buy only the best quality, ethically sourced coffee beans from farms all around the world.

Starbucks coffee buyers spend time each year visiting coffee growers and suppliers, getting to know the farmers we support and ensuring responsible purchasing practices are followed.

We provide farmer loans, support centres and incentives to help farmers reduce the environmental impact of coffee production.

By helping to sustain coffee farmers and strengthen their communities, we ensure a healthy supply of high-quality coffee for the future.

Farmer Loan Programmes

During the growing and harvest cycles, many coffee farmers dip into their modest reserves to cover expenses until they can sell their crops. Some farmers may even experience a cash shortage, prompting them to sell crops early – and for less – to local buyers.

We provide funding to organisations that offer loans to coffee growers, so they can sell their crops at the best time for the best price. The loans also help farmers invest back into their farms and make capital improvements.

To date, we have guaranteed millions of dollars in loans for farmers, helping to finance more than 62 coffee cooperatives in 8 countries, and positively impacting more than 40,000 farmers.

Farmer Support Centres

Starbucks has established seven Farmer Support Centres across four continents in countries such as Costa Rica, Rwanda, China and Columbia. These centres provide local farmers with resources and expertise to help lower the cost of production, reduce fungus infections, improve coffee quality and increase the production of premium coffee. Our agronomists test soils, examine samples and provide advice free to any coffee farmer who asks, not just those who supply Starbucks.

Starbucks Farmer Support Centre 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 Centre – opened in 2013. Learn more
  • Sumatra, Indonesia – opened in 2016