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SCAA’s 2006 Sustainability Award Winners

Sustainable Harvest Coffee Importers
Recognizing their relationship coffee model: “Sustainable Harvest’s Relationship Coffee model has helped set a new standard in our industry by promoting long-term partnerships and greater transparency between producer groups and roasters,” says Al Liu, the Director of Culture & Communications for Alterra Coffee Roasters. Pioneered by Sustainable Harvest Coffee Importers in the late 1990’s, Relationship Coffee is an economic and social impact-based system that depends on strong personal bonds between all entities in the product chain from source to consumer. Relationship Coffee is based on: quality control training; full transparency of all business, price, and quality information; traceability of the coffee from cooperative to cup; and pre-trade financing. It is a system where the “middleman” (the importer) provides both supplier and client with more value oriented services and products as part of the business proposition.

Timothy's World Coffee & Embera-Chami Coffee Community
Also recognizing their relationship coffee model: According to Nathalie Gabbay of the SCAA Sustainability Committee, “Timothy’s World Coffee has been extremely successful at implemetning the relationship coffee model in Colombia. Through a combination of high premiums, long-term contracts and direct investments in the social and environmental infrastructure of the community, Timothy’s has ensured the economic stability of the La Vereda farmers.

SCAA’s 2005 Sustainability Award Winners

Las Nubes Coffee, a project of the Fisher Fund for Neotropical Conservation and Timothy's World Coffee. The program seeks to protect the Las Nubes rainforest ecosystem and develop sustainable livelihoods within the surrounding region, including the reforestation of coffee farms and the phasing out of chemical pesticides and fertilizers.

Portland Roasting's Farm Friendly Direct Programs, which focus primarily on sustainable, shade-grown and organic coffees. The programs involve paying growers a premium above the negotiated market price for their coffee, and 100 percent of the premium goes to farm and community projects.

Starbucks Coffee Company's Coffee and Farmer Equity Practices. This project promotes the future supply of high-quality coffee while protecting and improving the environment and rewarding farmers for sustainable coffee production through quality, economic, environmental and social responsibility criteria.

SCAA’s 2004 Sustainability Award Winners

IPANEMA Agicola S/A of Minas Gerais, Brazil Based on a set of interwoven social responsibility programs with four impact areas:
  • Children and teenagers
  • Education and professional training
  • Social recovery and rehabilitation
  • Volunteer work promotion and incentives


Thanksgiving Coffee Company
For its “Gorilla Fund’ and coffee cupping lab project in Rwanda. The former is part a strategic alliance with Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International to bring consumer awareness to Rwandan coffees while educating consumers about the 300 mountain gorillas remaining in the world. The latter initiative involves developing 11 cupping labs in Rwanda in conjunction with the PEARL project, with the aim of providing technical assistance to an estimated 10,000 coffee families.

Dean's Beans
Dean’s Beans was recognized for its “People-Centered Development Project”, designed jointly with the farm communities to meet critical needs such as water, health care and environmental protection.
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