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).

2001: Foundation of International Coffee Partners GmbH (ICP). Directly after the registration of ICP, the first projects started in Guatemala and Honduras. Projects in other countries like Peru and Cameroon followed.

2011: Joh. Johannson of Norway joins ICP.

2016: Second phase of c&c starts. The second phase focuses on upscaling the initiative in the pilot countries and expanding the c&c network.

2020: Third phase of c&c starts until 2024. The phase focuses on promoting climate resilient livelihoods and minimizing carbon emissions while enhancing the carbon storage potential in coffee farms and coffee landscapes.

2021: ICP celebrates 20 years of implementation being currently active in six coffee producing regions. Read more about what International Coffee Partners achieved: LINK

2010: First phase of initiative for coffee&climate (c&c) starts, focussing on development, piloting and evaluation of the c&c approach and methodology.

2014: Franck of Croatia joins ICP.

2018: Delta Cafés of Portugal joins ICP.

2020: ICP adapts approaches to the COVID-19 pandemic: Read More.

2001: Foundation of International Coffee Partners GmbH (ICP). Directly after the registration of ICP, the first projects started in Guatemala and Honduras. Projects in other countries like Peru and Cameroon followed.

2010: First phase of initiative for coffee&climate (c&c) starts, focussing on development, piloting and evaluation of the c&c approach and methodology.

2011: Joh. Johannson of Norway joins ICP.

2014: Franck of Croatia joins ICP.

2016: Second phase of c&c starts. The second phase focuses on upscaling the initiative in the pilot countries and expanding the c&c network.

2018: Delta Cafés of Portugal joins ICP.

2020: Third phase of c&c starts until 2024. The phase focuses on promoting climate resilient livelihoods and minimizing carbon emissions while enhancing the carbon storage potential in coffee farms and coffee landscapes.

2020: ICP adapts approaches to the COVID-19 pandemic: Read More.

2021: ICP celebrates 20 years of implementation being currently active in six coffee producing regions. Read more about what International Coffee Partners achieved: LINK