Together for resilient coffee-farming families!

Who We Are

A strong pre-competitive partnership of eight committed family-owned coffee companies working for a more prosperous future for farming families.

The vision of International Coffee Partners (ICP) is to improve smallholder coffee farmers’ livelihoods by making them more competitive, based on sustainable practices. This vision goes beyond implementing individual development projects; ICP’s objective is to contribute to establishing a fair and sustainable coffee sector in all coffee producing regions and countries.

ICP works under a strategic partnership with the foundation Hanns R. Neumann Stiftung as the implementer of its projects worldwide and administrator of the organization.

A Starting Point

International Coffee Partners (ICP) considers itself a learning organization which is interested in evaluating positive and critical experiences with partners to expand further approaches and enhance the effectiveness of project interventions. Since 2001, ICP has worked with 82,945 farmer family households with the outlook of reaching an additional 50,000 households by 2023. Critical factors moving forward are that many producer communities are becoming older as youth migrates from producing areas which do not offer the kind of lifestyle they are looking for; that leads to difficult intergenerational dialogue, restricted access to expertise, financial resources, and land, combined with limited economic and social perspectives, are significant drivers behind rural-urban migration. This trend is exacerbated by climate change, environmental degradation, and price volatility. All of which are being addressed, monitored, and tracked by the work of ICP.

ICP is the leading promoter of impact-oriented support to coffee farmer families and youth in producing regions. ICP’s approach places emphasis on the human being and their perspectives.

Our Impact

Ibu Wonten and Pak Suripto are a smallholder coffee-farming couple that lives in Bendeng Tiga Village in the Gunung Raya highlands of OKU Selatan Regency, Indonesia. They managed to diversify and enhance the climate-resilience of their coffee farm. As a couple they turned around the ailing coffee production on their 2-ha farm. The approximately 3,000 coffee trees of varying ages produced so little coffee that the couple initially decided to grow vegetables instead of coffee. “At the time, we did not yet work effectively, and we could only focus on either the vegetables or the coffee, but not both.” Pak Suripto contends.

International Coffee Partners (ICP) launched together with The J. M. Smucker Company a project which includes activities to support local smallholder farmer families to become better equipped to deal with a hotter and maybe drier climate. The project, implemented by Hanns R. Neumann Stiftung (HRNS) actively supports and coaches farmers to experiment and trial with approaches and methods that are best adapted to their own farms.

One Step Forward for Smallholder Coffee Farmers to Reach Consumers with roasted coffee

Farmers participating in the International Coffee Partners project in Ethiopia face equal challenges as those in other countries. But one thing is different: they are much more familiar to drinking coffee. Ethiopia has a well established tradition in celebrating a...

International Coffee Partners starts to work in Ethiopia

International Coffee Partners (ICP) recently extended its project work to Ethiopia. The “Coffee Alliances for Ethiopia” (CAFE) project is co-financed by the Austrian Development Agency (ADA), the operational unit of Austrian Development Cooperation,  and will increase...

Coffee Production with a Woman’s Touch

“Before, we women suffered a lot of machismo. Only the men could work. We couldn’t even leave the house. They would scold us for going out with the others to cut coffee.” Mariana Solis remembers her younger days with a retrospective disbelief. Even between her and her...

Proof in the Plants: Climate Adaptations and Sustainability in the Trifinio Region

“We thought we would be able to fight it, but we were wrong and now we know that. We’ve realized that there are varieties that at one time were resistant, but no longer are. One of those who taught us how to work with coffee in this area is the PROTCAFES Project.” In...

Indonesia: Diversifying to be ready for a hotter and more variable coffee climate

Ibu Wonten and Pak Suripto are a smallholder coffee-farming couple that lives in Bendeng Tiga Village in the Gunung Raya highlands of OKU Selatan Regency, Indonesia. They managed to diversify and enhance the climate-resilience of their coffee farm. As a couple they...

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In this episode of our Coffee Break Series, we go to the source, farmers in Central America. One of the hardest-hit areas in coffee production due to climate change. Discover the methods they are implementing and the positive outcomes of applying climate-smart practices. Join the discussion and be a part of the solution! www.coffee-partners.org/coffee-break-ep-3-climate-change-in-central-america/ ... See MoreSee Less

We wish you a Happy New Year 2020! 💥🍾🎆 May you all experience dreams coming true, success and health. Most of all, we are looking forward to continue the important work to improve the situation of smallholder coffee farmer families 🌱👩‍🔧👨‍🔧👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 around the world. Let's keep going!
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We wish you a Happy New Year 2020! 💥🍾🎆 May you all experience dreams coming true, success and health. Most of all, we are looking forward to continue the important work to improve the situation of smallholder coffee farmer families 🌱👩‍🔧👨‍🔧👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 around the world. Lets keep going!
Lavazza Löfbergs Paulig Franck Tchibo Delta Cafés Neumann Gruppe, Joh. Johannson

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Thank you very much. I love ICP and its activities.

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Through the work of ICP, Richard and Viola from Uganda achieved higher incomes by accessing new markets and applying agriculture practices they had learned. This has not only led to higher yields, but also improved their living standard and secured the education for their children.

At ICP we are putting families first. Which is why we are constantly looking at individual cases of coffee farming families to see how we can jointly enhance their livelihoods to empower them to become a prosperous farming household.
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Sebastiao Alves Ribeiro is a ICP-project participant in Brazil. Here is his opinion:

“Without this project I don’t think we would be here because we were in a kind of forgotten place. When ICP came here, it was important to look at the coffee processing. The agronomists with the implementer Hanns R. Neumann Stiftung were important in providing insights and explaining how to do things. We now know how to handle certain situations and they were not just providing knowledge but training in the field as well which empowered me to produce a good product.”
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Sebastiao Alves Ribeiro is a ICP-project participant in Brazil. Here is his opinion:

“Without this project I don’t think we would be here because we were in a kind of forgotten place. When ICP came here, it was important to look at the coffee processing. The agronomists with the implementer Hanns R. Neumann Stiftung were important in providing insights and explaining how to do things. We now know how to handle certain situations and they were not just providing knowledge but training in the field as well which empowered me to produce a good product.”

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We are really happy! For the first time two women farmer won in the categories "Semi-Washed" and "Natural" during the 6th Força Café Coffee Quality Championship in Brazil. Congratulations to Joseane Borges da Silva and Rosangela Moura Alves! Of the 20 awarded smallholder family farmers were five women. 😀👏🌱
In Brazils region of Minas Gerais we are supporting the program Força Café implemented by Hanns R. Neumann Stiftung supporting family farmers in the region. During the championship they compete in the quality of their coffee.

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We are really happy! For the first time two women farmer won in the categories Semi-Washed and Natural during the 6th Força Café Coffee Quality Championship in Brazil. Congratulations to Joseane Borges da Silva and Rosangela Moura Alves! Of the 20 awarded smallholder family farmers were five women. 😀👏🌱 
In Brazils region of Minas Gerais we are supporting the program Força Café implemented by Hanns R. Neumann Stiftung supporting family farmers in the region. During the championship they compete in the quality of their coffee.

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Parabéns, representando muito bem o nosso córrego.🙏

Sou muito grata pela oportunidade de estar destacando nossos cafés! Projeto nota miiiiilllll....

Great success. Proud of be part of this project. All the best in the next editions.

Parabéns aos vencedores,as mulheres se destacando!

Parabéns merecedora 👏

Parabens Rosangela

Parabéns!!!

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Happening now: In Brazil the 6th Força Café Coffee Quality Championship is underway. A jury of 10 testers from Germany, the United States and Brazil cup 64 finalist coffee lots. All samples are coming from farmers who benefit from our participation in Força Café-projects in the region.
The contest is part of our strategy to promote technologies that aim to improve coffee quality. Importers and roasters recognize the efforts of the smallholders to produce specialty coffee.
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Happening now: In Brazil the 6th Força Café Coffee Quality Championship is underway. A jury of 10 testers from Germany, the United States and Brazil cup 64 finalist coffee lots. All samples are coming from farmers who benefit from our participation in Força Café-projects in the region. 
The contest is part of our strategy to promote technologies that aim to improve coffee quality. Importers and roasters recognize the efforts of the smallholders to produce specialty coffee.Image attachment

At International Coffee Partners we do not only strive to work hard for smallholder coffee farming families around the world. Working together with them in improving their livelihoods is only one side of the story. We also want to tell this story to coffee lovers around the world to better understand the value of our daily cup.
That's why the communication experts of the shareholders of ICP and implementing partner Hanns R. Neumann Stiftung regularly meet to plan storytelling. We just laid foundation for bringing fresh and new stories from crop to cup in 2020. Thanks Delta Cafés for hosting us.
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Parabéns muito lindo trabalho de vcs

"No, what you are saying is not true. I have good coffee." Watch how smallholder coffee farmers in Central America could improve on the quality of their coffee through ICP projects.
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Gracias por tus comentarios. Reconocemos de primera mano que muchos productores de café enfrentan varios desafíos gracias a la actual crisis del café. International Coffee Partners, es una alianza de 8 empresas cafeteras familiares europeas, que funciona solo para eso. Trabajamos de la mano con pequeños productores de café para que puedan desarrollar y fortalecer las herramientas necesarias para prosperar. El video nos cuenta las historias y testimonios de algunos cafeteros, parte de nuestro proyecto, que a través de la adopción de prácticas sostenibles, han podido aumentar su competitividad en el mercado y enfrentar mejor la situación actual del café. Para obtener más información sobre nuestro trabajo, visite: www.coffee-partners.org

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Tendran que ver los politicos con lo precios bajos🤔

Si quieren que mejore el precio dejen de sembrar tanto café y de paso le hacen un favor a los bosques y las montañas y las fuentes de agua

Por. Favor pura paja eso no sirve no se pueden pagar ni los travajadores cuanto mas ganancia

Pura paja entre más arreglado va más barato se vende ya los más vivos se meten en negocio nosotros más pobres porque están siegosl los q compran las calidad de los café de esportacion den el precio justo alos. Q producimos el café

Esque. Aquien. Leba. Bien. Es. Al. Comerciante.

Casacas .nosotros los peqeños caficultores .ya no nos da para mas .

Guatemala tiene unas de las mejores calidades de cafe en el mundob

De que sirve al cafetalero producir café de calidad, si en vez de ganar pierde por el mal precio que tenemos, y las autoridades bien gracias

El que cosecha café, está perdiendo su patrimonio. Los precios dejarán perder las fincas.

Al final quienes se benefician son los que tienen estas cafeterías el productor es mal pagado por la producción de grano del aromático

Los que ganan plata son los transnacionales y los dueños de beneficios .. el productor siempre pierde

Eso solo sirve para engordar a los bodegueros y nosotros comiendo pura mierda y ellos en carros de lujo y comiendo en buenos restaurantes

Triste realidad

IMPORTANCIA DEL CARBONO 12 EN LA NUTRICIÓN DEL CULTIVO DEL CAFÉ En la nutrición del cultivo del café, como en todos los cultivos, hay tres elementos que son muy importantes para el funcionamiento perfecto de los procesos fisiológicos, metabólicos y bioquímicos que se desarrollan dentro de la planta de café, estos 3 elementos son Carbono, Oxígeno e Hidrógeno, los cuales desempeñan un papel vital en el desarrollo y productividad de la planta, siendo el más importante de estos, el que tiene la capacidad de combinarse con todos los demás elementos, el que forma la columna vertebral de las estructuras como el Aminoácido, Proteínas, Vitaminas, Carbohidratos, etc., el que más requiere la planta de café y el único elemento que tiene la capacidad de desarrollar las 1,600,000 reacciones bioquímicas que se deben de cumplir en el metabolismo de la planta de café durante su ciclo de vida, es el Carbono 12; por otro lado, el nivel óptimo de Carbono 12 que debe tener la planta de café todo el año es el 0.15 %, este es el nivel que deben de tener para funcionar perfectamente y poder aprovechar los demás nutrientes que son absorbidos por las raíces y las hojas. Normalmente la planta lo absorbe de la atmósfera y del suelo cuando captura CO2 en el proceso de la fotosíntesis, lo que ocurre, es que la concentración actualmente es muy baja de CO2 en esos ambientes (atmósfera y suelo) y la planta de café siempre mantiene bajo el nivel de Carbono 12, ocasionando que los procesos no se desarrollen adecuadamente, provocando un bajo aprovechamiento de nutrientes y en consecuencia su productividad no aumenta y el ataque de enfermedades en más frecuente. Si el nivel del Carbono 12 anda debajo de lo normal, pasan muchos problemas, la absorción de nutrientes no es completa, cuando aparece la floración y el nivel está abajo del 0.15 %, aparece el Ácido Abscísico y este se va a las partes más tiernas de la planta, principalmente a los botones florales y flores y provoca aborto o quema de botones por oxidación de la Seronina que se encuentra en la punta de los botones, esa es la primera pérdida de un 25 a 30 % de la cosecha, luego cuando se forman los granitos de café, si el nivel de Carbono 12 (C 12) se mantiene abajo del 0.15 %, aparece el Ácido Etileno que oxida las células de la base del pedúnculo que sostienen los granos de café y ocurre aborto de granos ya formados, esa es la otra perdida de café que es del 20 a 30 % (dependiendo de qué tan bajo esté el nivel de C 12). Cuando se llega la hora de cortar los granos de café maduros y se termina la corta de toda la cosecha de café, la planta se mide el nivel de Carbono 12 que le ha quedado después del corte final y entre más abajo este el nivel del 0.15 % de C 12, la planta entra en dormáncia fisiológica, ocasionando que el siguiente año se dedique a capturar C 12 para subir ese nivel y ese año, la planta se programa para no producir café (año de baja producción), esto se conoce como Bianualidad, lo que significa que si no tenemos un nivel óptimo de C 12 constante en la planta de café, en un año tenemos buena producción y el siguiente año una mala producción de café. Con esta tecnología de la Nutrición por Carbono 12, se dobla o triplica la productividad por manzana, se disminuye el ataque de la Roya, dado que con el nivel de Carbono 12 del 0.15 % en la planta de café no hay producción de Ergosterol que es la comida del hongo y se evita el fenómeno de la Bianualidad en el cultivo del café. Para suministrarle el Carbono 12 a las plantas de café y para que mantengan su nivel óptimo de Carbono 12, para que puedan incrementar su productividad y mantener la calidad de su cosecha, Ergo Corporación de México (www.agroergo.com), descubrió como fabricar el Carbono 12 en grandes cantidades y en altas concentraciones y actualmente es la única empresa que fabrica y formula sus productos a nivel de Nanobiotecnología por medio del Carbono 12. Ergo Corporación de México www.agroergo.com

Mejoren los precios eso sería lo mejor

Eso es verdad .

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Today is #InternationalCoffeeDay! For us not only a day to celebrate coffee and the good moments it gives us. We do thank the farmers who grow it and are grateful that we can support them. Just as Richard and Viola from Uganda. Through ICP-projects they achieved higher incomes by accessing new markets and applying agriculture practices they had learned. This has not only led to higher yields, but also improved their living standard and secured the education for their children.

At ICP we are putting families first. Which is why we are constantly looking at individual cases of coffee farming families to see how we can jointly enhance their livelihoods to empower them to become a prosperous farming household.
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Good work done by icp thanks to Hrns

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Our work in Brazil is part of Força Café - a regional approach implemented by Hanns R. Neumann Stiftung in Minas Gerais aiming to support family coffee farmers in the region. The annual Força Café Coffee Championship proofs the positive impact on coffee quality. It takes place this year October 20 - 26 and we received over 180 specialty coffee samples! ... See MoreSee Less

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Climate change adaptation is needed which is why we helped found the Initiative for coffee&climate and why with the help of @ConservationOrg, @GCPcoffee, @IDH_buzz, and @SpecialtyCoffee, the #ClimateCatalogue was created. https://t.co/aeIE1S5Zlv

Did you know that ICP is together with @AustrianDev active in #Ethiopia? Our Chairperson @kathrinelofberg and Desalegn Eyob, Country Director from our implementing partner @HRNStiftung, answer all important questions about it. You have more? Let us know!
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We wish you a Happy New Year 2020! 💥🍾🎆 May you all experience dreams coming true, success and health. Most of all, we are looking forward to continue the important work to improve the situation of smallholder coffee farmer families 🌱👩‍🔧👨‍🔧👨‍👩‍👧‍👦

Many youth turn their backs on agriculture. Sad. The next generation is the one shaping rural areas of the future. Our project work in Brazil gives perspectives for youth and as side effect supports them to develop self-confidence, visions and strength.

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Women in coffee production are often not able to release their full potential. They might not be seen as capable or do not have relevant roles in male dominated societies. ICP-projects aim to address this situation. Bringing change like in El Salvador.
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Gean from #Brazil is a coffee farmer who is taking his family business serious. He is improving on the quality of his specialty coffee. Through project support by ICP, he is now setting up a group with fellow farmers to promote coffee from his region.
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We are supporting smallholder coffee farmer families 👨‍👩‍👧‍👦🌱 to find best adaptation practices to react to the effects of climate change. ☀️🌧💨 With our project PROTCAFES in El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala, we are doing that since 2012. 🌱👍
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Great news today! @coffee_partners is extending its work to #Ethiopia. We are thrilled to work in this fascinating country to support 2,500 smallholder families. We are especially pleased to work with @AustrianDev @ADCinEthiopia
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In the Trifinio region of Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala we are part of the PROTCAFES project. Increasing quality and knowing what quality the own coffee has is a core element. We are happy that an external evaluation proofed the work succesful.
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Higher productivity, better farm resilience and adaptation to climate change: Meet Ibu Wonten and Pak Suripto in Indonesia. A smallholder coffee farming couple that managed an amazing transition with participation in our project. Read their story!
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Smallholder coffee families are experiencing the negative impacts of climate change. Adaptation and mitigation are possible and we at International Coffee Partners support farmers in that. https://t.co/w43IJUokhT

In the Trifinio region of Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala we are part of the PROTCAFES project. Quality and knowledge are core elements of our project work. So, we are happy that an external evaluation proofed that the work is successful.
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Great news from #Brazil! First time two women farmer won in the two categories of Força Café Coffee Quality Championship in Brazil during 6th edition. Congratulations to Joseane Borges da Silva and Rosangela Moura Alves! @Lofbergs @PauligFi @Lavazza @Tchibo_presse

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In Brazil the 6th Força Café Coffee Quality Championship is underway. 10 testers from Germany, US and Brazil cup 64 finalist coffee lots. All coming from farmers who benefit from our participation in Força Café-projects in the region.
@Lofbergs @PauligFi @Tchibo_presse @Lavazza

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The communication experts of @coffee_partners shareholders are dedicated to tell the stories of the smallholder coffee farmer families we support. At @_DeltaCafes_ in Portugal they planned how to do that in 2020. @Lofbergs @Lavazza @PauligFi @Tchibo_presse @HRNStiftung

"No, what you are saying is not true. I have good coffee." Watch how smallholder coffee farmers in Central America could improve on the quality of their coffee through ICP projects. @PauligFi @Lofbergs @Lavazza @Tchibo_presse

Our work in #Brazil is part of Força Café - a regional approach implemented by @HRNStiftung. We support family coffee farmers. The annual Coffee Championship proofs impact on coffee quality. This year from Oct 20 - 26 and we received over 180 specialty coffee samples!

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#InternationalCoffeeDay! We do thank the farmers who grow the coffee we love and are grateful that we can support them through ICP-projects in which we build up strong relationships from crop to cup.
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Coffee production in #Brazil is highly industrialized. But family farmers account for 35% of the national production. They are the backbone of Brazil's #Coffee industry. ICP is working close with them and supports them to release their full potentials. https://t.co/gLbm62UyIK

Staying up to date with our work for smallholder #Coffee farmers around the world is easy: Subscribe to our newsletter! #updates https://t.co/ccy0LvS9bY

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