Coffee Partnership Pillars

The Tim Hortons Coffee Partnership is supported by three fundamental pillars: Economic. Social. Environmental. By incorporating these pillars into everything we do, we’re helping farmers earn a better living, empowering youth in farming communities and promoting more environmentally sustainable coffee farming practices.

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Pillar 1: Economic. Providing coffee farmers with support and training to become better farmers – and better business people.

For small-scale coffee farmers to be successful they must become better farmers – as well as better business people. With that in mind, the Tim Hortons Coffee Partnership provides them with the technical support and training to do just that. Coffee farmers learn a wide array of skills to help increase the quality and the yield of their coffee crops. This, in turn, provides them with a better income. They also learn to run their farms like businesses, increasing their profitability and long-term sustainability.

What we offer our coffee farmers:

  • Technical training in agronomy and farm management. This improves the quality and quantity of coffee beans produced.
  • Assistance in helping farmers organize into larger groups in their communities to reduce costs and ensure their beans get to market at the best time, with the best price.

Coffee Farming at a Glance

  • Technical training
    A technical training session in the Trifinio Region of Guatemala. Training sessions like these help small-scale farmers improve the quantity and quality of coffee produced.
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  • Neumann Foundation and Tim Hortons in Santo Antonio do Amparo, Brazil
    A meeting of local farmers, the Neumann Foundation and Tim Hortons in Santo Antonio do Amparo, Brazil, 2011. The Neumann Foundation is Tim Hortons partner on the ground in the Trifinio Region, Colombia and Brazil.
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  • Coffee Partnership coffee cupping session in Guatemala City, Guatemala
    A Coffee Partnership coffee cupping session in Guatemala City, Guatemala. Tim Hortons’ exporters work directly with farmers to help them produce higher quality coffee.
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  • Roasted coffee in Guatemala City
    Roasted coffee in Guatemala City. The Tim Hortons Coffee Partnership works in Guatemala to provide farmers with technical assistance to improve their yields, growing more coffee on the same amount of land.
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  • Quality testing of green coffee
    Quality testing of green coffee from a Tim Hortons Coffee Partnership project in La Celia, Colombia. The Tim Hortons Coffee Partnership helps farmers improve the productivity of their farms and the quality of their beans in an environmentally sustainable way.
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  • Technical training
    A technical training session in the Trifinio Region of Guatemala. Training sessions like these help small-scale farmers improve the quantity and quality of coffee produced.
  • Neumann Foundation and Tim Hortons in Santo Antonio do Amparo, Brazil
    A meeting of local farmers, the Neumann Foundation and Tim Hortons in Santo Antonio do Amparo, Brazil, 2011. The Neumann Foundation is Tim Hortons partner on the ground in the Trifinio Region, Colombia and Brazil.
  • Coffee Partnership coffee cupping session in Guatemala City, Guatemala
    A Coffee Partnership coffee cupping session in Guatemala City, Guatemala. Tim Hortons’ exporters work directly with farmers to help them produce higher quality coffee.
  • Roasted coffee in Guatemala City
    Roasted coffee in Guatemala City. The Tim Hortons Coffee Partnership works in Guatemala to provide farmers with technical assistance to improve their yields, growing more coffee on the same amount of land.
  • Quality testing of green coffee
    Quality testing of green coffee from a Tim Hortons Coffee Partnership project in La Celia, Colombia. The Tim Hortons Coffee Partnership helps farmers improve the productivity of their farms and the quality of their beans in an environmentally sustainable way.
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Pillar 2: Social. Providing youth with the skills to become successful entrepreneurs and community leaders.

Like any community, the future of a coffee farming community depends on its children. In order to foster a sense of possibility and opportunity, the Tim Hortons Coffee Partnership works with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to develop and implement programs in our project communities.

By partnering with local schools, organizations help to provide aspiring youth with the skills they need to become successful entrepreneurs and future community leaders.

Coffee Farming at a Glance

  • El Chaguiton School
    Tim Hortons receives a warm welcome at the El Chaguiton School, in the community of Dos Quebradas, Guatemala.
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  • Student drawings of the Tim Hortons Logo
    “Thanks for thinking of us.” A grade five girl points out student drawings of the Tim Hortons Logo at El Chaguiton School, in the community of Dos Quebradas, Guatemala
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  • Students in the community
    Students at the El Chaguiton School, in the community of Dos Quebradas, Guatemala.
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  • Members of the Protcafes Women’s Group in Honduras
    Members of the Protcafes Women’s Group in Honduras. The Tim Hortons Coffee Partnership embraces the development and promotion of women as a core and holistic part of the concept of sustainability.
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  • Protcafes Women’s Group and Coffee Master
    Dionisia del Carmen Acosta, President, Protcafes Women’s Group, Honduras and Coffee Master, Noeli Guadalupe de Leon Contreras.
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  • El Chaguiton School
    Tim Hortons receives a warm welcome at the El Chaguiton School, in the community of Dos Quebradas, Guatemala.
  • Student drawings of the Tim Hortons Logo
    “Thanks for thinking of us.” A grade five girl points out student drawings of the Tim Hortons Logo at El Chaguiton School, in the community of Dos Quebradas, Guatemala
  • Students in the community
    Students at the El Chaguiton School, in the community of Dos Quebradas, Guatemala.
  • Members of the Protcafes Women’s Group in Honduras
    Members of the Protcafes Women’s Group in Honduras. The Tim Hortons Coffee Partnership embraces the development and promotion of women as a core and holistic part of the concept of sustainability.
  • Protcafes Women’s Group and Coffee Master
    Dionisia del Carmen Acosta, President, Protcafes Women’s Group, Honduras and Coffee Master, Noeli Guadalupe de Leon Contreras.
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Pillar 3: Environmental. Educating coffee farmers on responsible ways to grow and process sustainable coffee.

When it comes to growing coffee, environmental sustainability is a key factor in generating sustainable income. To help, the Tim Hortons Coffee Partnership works with farmers to promote environmentally responsible coffee farming practices.

One of the most important areas of focus in this category is water – one of the coffee farmer's most precious resources. The Tim Hortons Coffee Partnership teaches coffee farmers in pollution prevention practices and how to conserve and recycle water.

The Coffee Partnership also offers education in:

  • Soil analysis for effective fertilizer use
  • Eliminating harmful pesticide use
  • The importance of shade for growing healthy coffee plants
  • How the conservation of biodiversity can positively impact yields
  • Soil erosion prevention strategies

Coffee Farming at a Glance

  • Coffee tree nursery
    At a coffee tree nursery in Santo Antonio do Amparo, Brazil, seedlings are covered with straw to germinate.
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  • Recycling efforts
    Recycling efforts on a project farm in El Aguila, Colombia. Waste management and diversion are part of Tim Hortons Coffee Partnership focus on environmentally sound farming practices.
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  • The Broca trap
    The “Broca” Trap is used in lieu of pesticides to control the Berry Borer Beetle in the Trifinio Region. Environmentally sound farming practices are fundamental to the Tim Hortons Coffee Partnership.
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  • Solar drier for unhulled coffee
    A Tim Hortons Coffee Partnership project in the Trifinio Region uses a solar drier for unhulled coffee, called parchment coffee.
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  • Shade management
    Touring a Tim Hortons Coffee Partnership project in the Trifinio Region. Shade management on farm is an important aspect of good agricultural practices and environmental sustainability.
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  • Coffee tree nursery
    At a coffee tree nursery in Santo Antonio do Amparo, Brazil, seedlings are covered with straw to germinate.
  • Recycling efforts
    Recycling efforts on a project farm in El Aguila, Colombia. Waste management and diversion are part of Tim Hortons Coffee Partnership focus on environmentally sound farming practices.
  • The Broca trap
    The “Broca” Trap is used in lieu of pesticides to control the Berry Borer Beetle in the Trifinio Region. Environmentally sound farming practices are fundamental to the Tim Hortons Coffee Partnership.
  • Solar drier for unhulled coffee
    A Tim Hortons Coffee Partnership project in the Trifinio Region uses a solar drier for unhulled coffee, called parchment coffee.
  • Shade management
    Touring a Tim Hortons Coffee Partnership project in the Trifinio Region. Shade management on farm is an important aspect of good agricultural practices and environmental sustainability.
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