Starbucks Coffee and Farmer Equity (C.A.F.E.) Practices
Starbucks and Conservation International began an assessment of the water component of the Coffee and Farmer Equity (C.A.F.E.) Practices programme in 2008. It focused on two stages in the coffee value chain:
- Cultivating, growing and harvesting coffee using methods that avoid adverse impacts on water resources;
- Minimizing the amount of water used and consumed, as well as preventing water pollution, in the processing of coffee beans.
The project is now active in 20 countries worldwide. In its own operations, the company is also implementing new technologies for water savings, such as alternatives to the dipper well system, mechanical dishwashers that use less than one gallon of water per cycle through high pressure spray arms, and a blast of higher-pressure water instead of an open tap to clean blender pitchers.