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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.


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 an approved Verification Organization?

See a list of our Approved Verification Organizations

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]

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