Better coffee, better lives

A 15-year journey with Starbucks

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EditQuote Text (Do not add quotation marks):Through the coffee co-op, we’re making more money,” he says. “It really improves how we live. The co-op built our basketball court, our soccer field and our computer school. All kids are welcomed at the school, and they can get a better education without having to leave the area.
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99% of Starbucks coffee is ethically sourced, with a commitment to work toward 100%.

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More than a million coffee farmers on four continents have benefited from the program.

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In Mexico, Amparo Reyes and other coffee farmers are growing coffee in a more sustainable way — and the whole community is reaping the benefits.

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For 15 years, Conservation International has been on an ambitious journey with Starbucks.Together, we’ve created a new way to produce coffee that is sustainable, transparent—and good for people. Coffee farmers around the world who use the sustainability standards that we’ve developed are living better, earning more for their families and protecting forests that all of us depend on for fresh water and clean air.

When CI began its work with Starbucks in Chiapas, Mexico, the community never conceived of the impact it would have. One coffee farmer, Amparo Reyes, works for the coffee co-op as quality control. Today, 99 percent of Starbucks coffee (almost 400 million pounds last year) is ethically sourced. The company has committed to keep working toward 100 percent and encourage other coffee producers to do the same. CI is proud to be part of this transformative effort that is protecting important natural resources on four continents—and providing a brighter future for people like Reyes and the children of Chiapas.

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