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Starbucks C.A.F.E. Practices

Ensuring ethical sourcing for coffee

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SCS has teamed up with Starbucks and Conservation International to develop the Coffee And Farmer Equity (C.A.F.E.) Practices standard for ensuring that Starbucks is sourcing sustainably grown and processed coffee. Starbucks defines sustainability as an economically viable model that addresses the social and environmental needs of all the participants in the supply chain from farmer to consumer.

The C.A.F.E. Practices Generic and Smallholder Scorecards encompass a comprehensive set of more than 200 social, economic and environmental indicators. This approach takes into account everyone from the farmer to the consumer.


Looking for an approved Verification Organization?

See a list of our Approved Verification Organizations

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Starbucks relies on SCS Global Services (SCS) to ensure the quality and integrity of the third-party verification process for its C.A.F. E. Practices. We train and approve third-party organizations who verify suppliers participating in C.A.F.E. Practices.

Looking for Scorecards or other Resources?

Documents for Verification Organizations and Suppliers are available in the tables below.

For Supplier questions, contact Starbucks Farmer Support Center: [email protected]

Document for Verification Organizations

Title Documents
C.A.F.E. Practices - VGU - 10 English | Spanish
C.A.F.E. Practices - VGU - 11 English | Portuguese | Spanish
C.A.F.E. Practices - VGU - 12 English | Portuguese | Spanish
C.A.F.E. Practices - VGU - 13 English | Spanish
C.A.F.E. Practices - VGU - 14 English | Spanish
C.A.F.E. Practices - VGU - 8 Spanish | English
C.A.F.E. Practices - VGU - 8 (addendum) English | Spanish
C.A.F.E. Practices - VGU - 9 English | Spanish
C.A.F.E. Practices Indicator Guidance Reference V3.4 English | Portuguese | Spanish
C.A.F.E. Practices Reporting Program Reference Guide for Inspectors V1.1 English | Spanish
C.A.F.E. Practices Verification Organization Application Form English | Spanish
Closing Meeting Signature Form English | Spanish
Starbucks – Un Árbol Por Cada Bolsa Spanish
V2.2 C.A.F.E. Verification Organization Approval Procedure English | Spanish | Portuguese
V3.4.1 C.A.F.E. Practices Field Notes English | Spanish | Portuguese
V5.3 C.A.F.E. Practices Verifier and Inspector Operations Manual English | Spanish | Portuguese
Volume Guidance V1.0 English | Spanish | Portuguese
VRS User Manual English | Spanish

Document for Suppliers

Title Documents
Supplier application form English | Spanish
C.A.F.E. Practices Commitment Letter for Producer English | Spanish | Portuguese
C.A.F.E. Practices Letter of Voluntary Withdrawal English | Spanish | Portuguese
C.A.F.E. Practices Supplier Letter of Commitment Regarding Zero Tolerance Indicators English | Spanish
C.A.F.E. Practices Supplier V3.4 Letter English | Spanish
C.A.F.E. Practices Terms and Conditions V4.0 English | Spanish
C.A.F.E. Practices Zero Tolerance Indicator Introduction V3.4 English | Spanish
List of Indicators that Require Documentation for C.A.F.E. Practices V3.4 English | Spanish | Portuguese
Roles and Responsibilities of Observers English | Portuguese | Spanish
Soil and Foliar Analysis Interpretation Software (SISAF) English | Spanish
Supplier Self Evaluation V3.4 English | Indonesian | Spanish | Portuguese
Template for Toxic Load Calculator English | Spanish