C.A.F.E. (Coffee and Farmer Equity) Practices is a green coffee sourcing program developed by Starbucks in collaboration with Conservation International (CI) and SCS Global Services, a third-party evaluation and certification bodies. C.A.F.E. Practices Generic and Smallholder Scorecards encompass a comprehensive set of more than 200 social, economic and environmental indicators. This approach takes everyone into account, from the farmers to the consumer.
Starbucks Coffee Company initiated C.A.F.E. Practices to evaluate, recognize, and reward producers of high-quality sustainably grown coffee. C.A.F.E. Practices seeks to ensure that Starbucks sources sustainably grown and processed coffee by evaluating the economic, social and environmental aspects of coffee production against a defined set of criteria, as detailed in the C.A.F.E. Practices Guidelines. Starbucks defines sustainability as an economically viable model that addresses the social and environmental needs of all the participants in the supply chain from farmers to consumer.