Together for resilient coffee-farming families!

Who We Are

A strong pre-competitive partnership of eight committed 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

José Reis de Resende, a smallholder coffee farmer in São Francisco de Paula, Brazil; is relatively new to coffee farming as he only started in 2014. Before José began coffee farming, he drove sick patients from one city to another doing this for 28 years. However, in 2012, he noticed a shaking in his hand, and after a visit to his doctor, he was informed he had Parkinson’s Disease. This lead to his employer firing him, which left him and his family with a reduced income. Luckily, José had some savings, and with that money, he bought a plot of land and started planting coffee. José also enrolled in the ICP project that was offered in his area where he learned valuable information and techniques for combating climate change. Climate adaptation is José’s most serious topic at the moment as he has noticed a change of seasons with shorter raining periods and more sunny, hot days. He has applied what he has learned from the training such as mulching and shade trees to help and has already seen in a short time an increase in his overall production. He is now focusing on coffee varieties and providing a higher quality specialty coffee. Currently, José can continue providing for his family and is excited about what the future of coffee has in store for him.

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...

A Valuable Partnership Making Advancements in Sustainability

Veronica Rossi from our shareholder Lavazza recently visited the Trifinio region, (tri-border region between Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador) to see first hand the project work that Lavazza has been supporting. As the CSR and Sustainability Expert for Lavazza,...

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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

We are proud to announce that our new website has officially launched! We updated it with more insights into our projects, impacts, and of course farming families. Check out our new Blog where we feature more in-depth stories from the field. https://t.co/veOXSHXoO5 #coffee #new

#FBF to when we shared with you the newest installment of our Day in the Life of a Coffee Farmer story. Aida from Honduras shares her insights of taking over her family farm and being a woman in a male-dominated field. https://t.co/yE73Tj73V9 #DITL

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