Our Projects

Since 2005, approximately 4,000* small-scale** coffee farmers have benefited from working with the Tim Hortons Coffee Partnership. Including coffee farmers and their families, this amounts to approximately 18,000 people in total across four countries – Brazil, Colombia, Honduras and Guatemala – whose lives are directly affected by our coffee partnership programs.

*Since 2005.
**In our project regions, small-scale farmers typically own between 2-10 hectares of land.

Trifinio Region

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Some of the world’s finest coffee is grown in the Trifinio region, an area comprised of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. The region is a UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) designated biosphere. It is also home to the Montecristo cloud forest, a mountainous area of incredible bio-diversity including a variety of rare flora and fauna. Trifinio is the source of three hugely important rivers that provide each of the three countries with much of their drinking water. Protection of this sensitive region demands the use of environmentally responsible coffee production techniques.

By working with the Tim Hortons Coffee Partnership, coffee farmers in the Trifinio region have increased their productivity and become better environmental stewards. As a result, the region’s water, soil and entire ecosystem continue to thrive and flourish.

Currently, the Coffee Partnership is running projects in the Chiquimula region of Guatemala and the Ocotepeque region of Honduras.

Our accomplishments to date include but are not limited to:

  • 2011: Support for Junior Achievement via a pilot project in Guatemala aimed at 180 primary and middle school students in rural coffee growing communities. Junior Achievement is an internationally-renowned program that educates kids about entrepreneurship, financial literacy, and work-force readiness via experiential, hands-on programs.
  • Support for the establishment of a new farmers’ organization: Guatemala’s ACCSO (Asociación Comercializadora Café Sostenible Oriente). The ACCSO unites more than 200 small coffee farmers in an effort to improve coffee quality, expand productivity, and increase income.
  • Ongoing support of the ACCSO and its members through an investment in a coffee drying patio. Rather than outsourcing coffee bean drying, farmers can now dry their own product and earn additional income selling the service to other growers.
  • Support for an initiative in conjunction with the Guatemalan government to donate school books and video teaching aids to local schools. Thanks to this investment, nearly 500 children attended school for an additional three years.

Coffee Farming at a Glance

Trifino Dos Quebradas

In many coffee growing regions, like in the Dos Quebradas community in Guatemala, small-scale coffee farmers only own a few hectares of land on the side of mountains.

Trifino drying beans

Unhulled coffee, called parchment coffee, is shown drying in the sun in Guatemala.

Trifino coffee cherry pulping

Tim Hortons Coffee Partnership project farmer demonstrates coffee cherry pulping in Honduras.

Trifino original coffee partnership sign

The original Tim Hortons Coffee Partnership project sign in Chiquimula, Guatemala.

Trifino coffee cherries ripening

Coffee cherries ripening in Guatemala.

Columbia Project

Tim Hortons written in beans
Columbian mountain valley
Growing coffee beans
Picked coffee beans

Colombian coffee is known to be some of the best in the world, with a full bodied and perfectly balanced taste. The country’s first beans were planted in the 16th century, concurrent with the arrival of Jesuit priests. Volcanic soil and arid mountainous terrain produce ideal conditions for growing high-quality coffee, making Colombia the world’s third largest producer.

Currently, the Coffee Partnership runs projects in the municipalities of El Aguila, in the department of Valle del Cauca, and La Celia in the department of Risaralda.

Our accomplishments to date include, but are not limited to:

  • An investment in a practical and interactive environmental educational program for 160 children in El Aguila, Valle del Cauca.
  • Support for a family micro-credit program. Participating families can invest in their farms and other income-generating activities, and learn valuable skills. i.e. Building credit history by making on-time payments.
  • Working with our partners to build a biology, chemistry and coffee quality lab at a school in Santa Maria, Huila, with a direct benefit for 400 students.

Coffee Farming at a Glance

Columbia welcome sign

A welcome sign made of coffee cherries on jute hangs at a community centre in La Celia, Columbia. The Hanns R. Neumann Foundation is a non-profit organization committed to sustainable development that runs grassroots projects with small-scale coffee farmers all over the world.

Columbia field view

The view from a Tim Hortons Coffee Partnership project farm in La Celia, Colombia.

Columbia coffee tree seedlings

Coffee tree seedlings grown by a Tim Hortons Coffee Partnership project farmer in La Celia, Colombia.

Columbia La Celia

In La Celia, Colombia, rows of trees are being planted to increase shade and help prevent soil erosion.

Columbia unhulled

Unhulled coffee beans, called “parchment coffee”, from a Coffee Partnership project in La Celia, Colombia.

Brazil

Brazil coffee fields
Brazil planting area
Brazil fields
Brazil growing beans

In 1727, a man named Francisco de Mello Palheta visited French Guyana. Upon his return to Brazil, he planted the seeds that would lead Brazilian coffee farmers to produce 70% of the country’s total exports by the 19th century. While this share had dropped to only 3% by 2010, Brazil still produces an astonishing amount of coffee – some 25% of the world’s supply.

Amazingly, the vast majority of Brazilian coffee farms are less than 10 hectares in size. Most of these farms are located in the departments of Sao Paolo, Minas, Gerais and Parana, all of which feature coffee-friendly altitudes, climates, soil and landscapes.

Currently, the Coffee Partnership runs projects in the cities of Perdões, Cana Verde, Ribeirão Vermelho, and Santo Antônio do Amparo in the department of Minas Gerais.

Our accomplishments to date include, but are not limited to:

  • Support for the formation of a new farmer organization: AFASA (Associação dos Agricultores Familiares de Santo Antônio do Amparo).
  • Ongoing support of the AFASA along with other partners in the construction of a new warehouse. This will help the organization store coffee under optimal conditions to ensure the delivery of quality product to their clients.
  • Working with Junior Achievement in Brazil to implement programs for over 600 students in rural areas of Perdões, Santo Antonio do Amparo, and São Sebastião da Estrela.

Coffee Farming at a Glance

Brazil coffee fields

Coffee trees at a Tim Hortons Coffee Partnership project farm in Santo Antonio do Amparo, Brazil.

Brazil cafe

Forca Café (a Tim Hortons Coffee Partnership Farmer Co-operative) in Santo Antonio do Amparo, Brazil, supports small-scale coffee farmers in the region to work together to achieve economies of scale for production and sales. This has resulted in significant increases in productivity, volume, and producing higher quality coffee.

Brazil Santo Antonia do Amparo

Tim Hortons Coffee Partnership project farm in Santo Antonio do Amparo, Brazil.

Brazil dried coffee

Coffee dries in the sun at a coffee beneficio in Brazil.

Brazilian coffee farmers

Farmer meeting at a Tim Hortons Coffee Partnership project farm in Santo Antonio do Amparo, Brazil.

About the Partnership

Empowering farmers and improving the communities where our coffee is grown.

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Partnership Pillars

Learn more about current projects in the Trifinio region (Guatemala and Honduras), Colombia and Brazil.

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Sustainability Report

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