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.

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...

How Coffee Producers Benefit through ICP from a Focus on Quality

“When we first started in 2008, we didn’t even know what kind of coffee we were drinking.” Not so long ago, coffee producer Carlos Murcia and his family from El Salvador, La Palma, El Tunel couldn’t tell you what type of coffee they were growing. Much less what kind...

Day in the Life of A Coffee Farmer – Gean

Day in the Life of A Coffee Farmer - Gean The moon spotlights the century-old abandoned church that sits on Gean Gomes Ferreira's (32 years) coffee farm in the mountains of Manhuaçu, Brazil. It’s 6 am and across from the church lives Gean in his modest 3-bedroom home...

Coffee Break Ep. 4 – Youth

We invite you to take a Coffee Break with us to better understand the motivations and aims behind each ICP shareholder, other partners, and of course, farmers. So join us, pull up a seat, grab a cup of your favorite coffee, and enjoy this important Coffee Break! Today we join Chairperson of International Coffee Partners (ICP) and Chair of Löfbergs of Sweden, Kathrine Löfberg who has devoted her career to working with youth.

Coffee Break Ep.3 – Climate Change in Central America

Coffee BreakEpisode 3: Climate Change in Central AmericaThe Video Overview In our last episode, Giuseppe Lavazza from our shareholder Lavazza spoke about the crucial work ICP is doing to address climate change. In this episode, we go to the source, farmers in Central...

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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.🙏

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

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

Parabens Rosangela

Parabéns merecedora 👏

Parabéns aos vencedores,as mulheres se destacando!

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

Eso es verdad .

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

Mejoren los precios eso sería lo mejor

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

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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

We have been working with youth in coffee-growing regions since 2001. Encouraging youth and showing them there is a positive future in coffee is strong in our new 5-year strategy. Join us with this edition of our Coffee Break series as we speak with Kathrine Löfberg. -with Löfbergs ... See MoreSee Less

In our last episode, Giuseppe Lavazza from our shareholder Lavazza spoke about the crucial work ICP is doing to address climate change. In this episode, 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

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Felicidades amigo por este gran trabajo q lleva acabo Dios te bendiga

Muy bien paisano Felicitaciones

Me da mucho gusto que la cop cafel este apostando a estos cambios.. Exelente

Felicitaciones por sus logros y por su aporte a la economía de la zona y nuestro país.

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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!
https://t.co/tppQ8kUWAI

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

We have been working with #YOUTH in coffee-growing regions since 2001. We are committed to continuing this vital work by encouraging youth and showing them there is a positive future in coffee. @kathrinelofberg joins us in this episode. @Lofbergs https://t.co/F4MBMBKw15

Our work goes beyond the 82,945 farmer families reached. Our impact encompasses a range of topics across vast coffee growing regions. With lasting, positive impacts on families that stand the test of time. Check out the other areas of impact: https://t.co/7j8JBr2hTj

Our shareholder @Lavazza held a conference on Corporate Social Responsibility. Max Ochoa of our implementer @HRNStiftung highlighted the work in Brazil and provided valuable insights for others to take on as an example to better their #CSRprojects https://t.co/35X5aUGVho

Our implementing partner @HRNStiftung recently conducted a study with Dr. Paulo Henrique Leme of the @uflabr on youth in #Brazil The Coffee Sector is Programming with Grandpa and Gambles with Its Future (written by Michael Opitz, Managing Director of HRNS) https://t.co/xdDhdctjiB

On a recent visit to Tanzania, Johannes Thoma from our implementing partner @HRNStiftung discovered more about the gender approach of Initiative for coffee&climate. He learned first hand how important it is to address #climate as well as #gender equality. https://t.co/b1PxjWiEzY

In this episode of #CoffeeBreak, we visit farmers in Central America. One of the hardest-hit areas in coffee production due to #climatechange. Discover the methods they are implementing and the outcomes of applying climate-smart practices. https://t.co/H7M8pqmazW

Veronica Rossi of our shareholder @Lavazza traveled to Central America where she had an "emotional experience" during a gender workshop put on by the Initiative for coffee&climate. Discover along with Veronica the impact of #gender workshops are having. https://t.co/V337ZZ8EWd…/

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“Stop using flipcharts, start digging” an honest statement from smallholder coffee farmer Christopher Mujabi from #Uganda. A statement made during our panel at the #WoCBerlin. Discover more about bringing equality to the coffee industry. https://t.co/RvuEfeV7FD

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/rBE2pt3UJH

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