Liters of water conserved per year
Hectares of farmland and watersheds restored
Community water systems improved
Sustainable coffee agroforestry systems can be the best agricultural alternative for healthy, functional watersheds, second only to natural forests.
By applying Blue Harvest practices, coffee farmers increase their yield, quality, and income.
Coffee is a driver of rural economies in coffee producing countries around the world. Coffee production and processing directly impacts on water resources, including the drinking water sources for millions of people. When coffee is grown and processed unsustainably, it can be a major cause of water pollution and watershed degradation. But when coffee is produced and processed well - through Blue Harvest practices - it can contribute to protecting and improving water resources.
Blue Harvest now works with dozens of coffee roasters and importers in the USA, UK, and Europe, who pay price premiums for Blue Harvest coffee to help farmers produce and process their coffee sustainably and profitably.
We have worked with farmers, millers, importers, and roasters to structure transparent and fair transactions that ensure shared value across the value chain, from consumers to farmers and everyone in between. We enable roasters and importers to buy directly from millers and farmers, helping to ensure that coffee is produced and processed with regenerative practices and that transactions are fair and transparent.
Blue Harvest partners (CRS and others) are contributors and supporters of the Specialty Coffee Price Transaction Guide, an initiative to establish price benchmarks for coffee, based on coffee quality and origin. The Guide serves producers and buyers by offering real and market-based prices as a starting point for contract negotiations.
On-Farm Training and Technical Support
We provide training and expertise in water and soil conservation, soil fertility management, agronomy, and crop quality to increase farm profitability and climate resilience.
Water Resources Management
We monitor and measure water and soil resources using state-of-the-art hydrological and agronomic science, then share data through user-friendly maps and dashboards so that farmers and buyers to understand how their products impact on water resources: #knowyoursource
Linking Producers and Buyers
We connect farmers with buyers of high-quality and sustainable products, including coffee, cacao, fruits, and vegetables. We ensure that farm products meet the standards buyers expect.
Learning and Advocacy
Blue Harvest partners are committed to continuous learning and improving, by constantly sharing and engaging with researchers, businesses, and the public sector. We advocate for policies and practices that promote regenerative agriculture and protect water sources.
Practical Application of Blue Harvest in Coffee Farming
Blue Harvest has been featured regularly in CRS’ Coffeelands blog as well as Daily Coffee News and other news outlets. Below are links to blogs and articles related to coffee.