Our History

An Effort of Creating A New Approach Towards Sustainability

Michael R. Neumann, then managing shareholder of Neumann Gruppe (Germany) invited the family-owned coffee companies of Lavazza (Italy), Löfbergs (Sweden), Paulig (Finland), and Tchibo (Germany) to form an organization that would fill the gap in the industry and addresses the issues that plagued the sector. Sharing their core values, these family-owned companies pioneered a highly innovative concept by forming a democratic joint not-for-profit corporate venture which in 2001 was officially established as International Coffee Partners GmbH (ICP).

In the years since its founding, three additional family-owned companies joined as shareholders: Joh. Johannson Kaffe (Norway), Franck (Croatia) and Delta Cafés (Portugal).

In 2010, ICP jointly initiated addressing challenges posed by changing climate conditions together with the German development agency, GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit), which became a driving force in the creation of the initiative for coffee&climate (c&c).

Contributing to the sustainable transformation of the coffee sector in regions and countries and dedicating both passions as well as financial means to achieve their objective; ICP is proud to see the growth to become a committed partner with local and international organizations contributing financially and other means of support to the long-term success of ICP work.


2000: The coffee crisis hits which leads to a decrease in coffee prices from around 1.50$USD to .49$USD.

2001: Founding of International Coffee Partners GmbH (ICP)

2010: Formation of the new initiative for coffee&climate along with GIZ.

Present Day: ICP continues its project work with a network of diverse and valued partners addressing the issues facing smallholder coffee farmers worldwide.