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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: cafeprac@starbucks.com

Scorecard English Spanish French Indonesian Portuguese Chinese, Simplified
V3.4 Generic Scorecard Download Download Download Download Download Download
V3.4 Smallholder Scorecard Download Download Download Download Download Download
V3.4 Summary of Scorecard Updates Download Download Download Download Download Download
Document for Verification Organizations English Spanish Portuguese
C.A.F.E. Practices - VGU - 10 Download Download
C.A.F.E. Practices - VGU - 11 Download Download Download
C.A.F.E. Practices - VGU - 12 (New) Download Download Download
C.A.F.E. Practices - VGU - 8 Download Download
C.A.F.E. Practices - VGU - 8 (addendum) Download Download
C.A.F.E. Practices - VGU - 9 Download Download
C.A.F.E. Practices Indicator Guidance Reference V3.4 (New) Download Download Download
C.A.F.E. Practices Reporting Program Reference Guide for Inspectors V1.1 Download Download
C.A.F.E. Practices Verification Organization Application Form Download Download
Closing Meeting Signature Form Download Download
List of Indicators that Require Documentation for C.A.F.E. Practices V3.4 Download Download Download Download Download
Starbucks – Un Árbol Por Cada Bolsa Download
V2.2 C.A.F.E. Verification Organization Approval Procedure Download Download Download
V3.4.1 C.A.F.E. Practices Field Notes Download Download Download
V5.3 C.A.F.E. Practices Verifier and Inspector Operations Manual Download Download Download
Volume Guidance V1.0 (New) Download Download Download
VRS User Manual Download Download
Document for Suppliers English Spanish Portuguese Indonesian
Supplier application form (new) Download Download
C.A.F.E. Practices Commitment Letter for Producer Download Download Download
C.A.F.E. Practices Letter of Voluntary Withdrawal Download Download Download
C.A.F.E. Practices Supplier Letter of Commitment Regarding Zero Tolerance Indicators Download Download
C.A.F.E. Practices Supplier V3.4 Letter Download Download
C.A.F.E. Practices Terms and Conditions V3.7 (new) Download Download Download
C.A.F.E. Practices Zero Tolerance Indicator Introduction V3.4 Download Download
List of Indicators that Require Documentation for C.A.F.E. Practices V3.4 Download Download
Roles and Responsibilities of Observers (New) Download Download Download
Soil and Foliar Analysis Interpretation Software (SISAF) Download Download
Supplier Self Evaluation V3.4 Download Download Download Download
Template for Toxic Load Calculator Download Download