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Coffee sourcing

Our commitment: Continuously improve our green coffee supply chain


By 2015 – Source 100% 4C-verified coffee beans for NESCAFÉ® products produced and sold in the United States.

By 2020 – Nescafé will improve the quality, quantity and sustainability of its coffee supply chain by distributing 220 million coffee plantlets.

By 2020 – Source 100% of the coffee for Nespresso’s permanent range through its AAA Sustainable Quality™ Program on coffee sourcing and improve farmer social welfare.

Our Progress

At Nestlé, improving the quality, quantity and sustainability of our coffee supply chain has been an ongoing initiative. Aging or diseased trees, declining yields, volatile prices and climate change threaten the livelihoods of small farmers and sustainability of the sector. Our response has been to provide farmers new routes to market, disease-resistant plants and technical assistance through the Nescafé Plan and Nespresso’s AAA Sustainable Quality™ Program. Globally in 2015, Nescafé achieved its sourcing objective, buying 225,600 tons of green coffee through Farmer Connect, our community-based cooperative program, 191,700 tons of which complied with the 4C standard. Nespresso sourced more than 80% of its coffee through its AAA Program. Nestlé S.A. distributed 26.8 million disease-resistant plantlets in 2015, taking our cumulative total to more than 100 million. In the United States market, we now source 100% of the regular green coffee from 4C-verified coffee farmers.