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Volcafe Way | Sustainability

Meet the Volcafe Way

Volcafe Way is our farmer support program, carefully developed since 2014 to provide a holistic response to the challenges faced by coffee farmers. Farm profitability is a core focus of Volcafe Way – when producers see their incomes improve, they’re encouraged to improve farm practices, increase productivity, deliver higher quality and keep farming. We call this farming as a business.

With more than 170 years in business, Volcafe understands the pressures on coffee farmers – from market volatility to pests, from depleted soil to extreme weather. A host of factors can push farmers to consider abandoning coffee farming altogether, despite the persistent popularity of their produce.

At the other end of the supply chain, coffee roasters see growing demand for socially and environmentally sound coffees amid deeper concern about the sustainability of the entire industry.

As a company working directly with tens of thousands of coffee farmers in many of the leading coffee origins, as well as a trusted partner to coffee roasters and distributors, Volcafe recognises the unique position we are in to create lasting impact for farmers while sourcing coffee that is truly sustainable. That's why we created Volcafe Way.

How does Volcafe Way work?

Volcafe Way is part of how we put our Sustainability Strategy into practice. Put succinctly, Volcafe Way:

  • • Provides direct technical assistance to farmers, helping them to continually improve their coffee quality, farm productivity and yields.
  • • Trains farmers in sustainable production, good agronomy, and making the best use of their land for future generations. Helps producers manage social and environmental challenges and risks, gather data, and focus on measurable results that green-buyer customers can monitor and verify.
  • • Creates business model farms as learning hubs in which surrounding communities can exchange best practices – whether they work directly with Volcafe or not.
  • • Helps coffee farmers and cooperatives to produce to international certification standards such as Fairtrade, Organic, and Rainforest Alliance/UTZ.
  • • Widens and secures our diverse range of reliable sources of quality coffee.
  • • Adds value to suppliers through training, advice, and market access, while integrating sustainability into the supply chain for roasters and consumers. Our experience and outreach with Volcafe Way enables us to offer Volcafe Verified and Volcafe Excellence responsibly sourced coffees through the Volcafe RS Standard.

Volcafe Way | By the Numbers

  • • Volcafe Way is actively working with coffee growers in following 11 coffee-producing countries: Brazil, Costa Rica, Colombia, Guatemala, Honduras,Kenya, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Tanzania, Uganda, and (soon) Vietnam
  • 45,000 farmers trained
  • 250+ agronomists and field staff
  • 700 Volcafe Way model farms and replicas in operation
  • 150,000 hectares of coffee farm land involved in Volcafe Way
  • 2.6 million bags of certified coffees (including Volcafe Way) in 2020