Starbucks Donates 2.5 million THB as ongoing support to the Coffee Farmers Community in Northern Thailand as part of its 20th Anniversary in Thailand

General Press Releases Thursday October 11, 2018 17:38
Bangkok--11 Oct--Hill+Knowlton Strategies

Starbucks Coffee Thailand continues its support for the sustainable development of the Thai coffee farmers' community in Northern Thailand, donating 2.5 million THB to the Integrated Tribal Development Program (ITDP) to celebrate the 20th anniversary of bringing the Starbucks Experience in Thailand. The funds represent part of the proceeds from sales at Starbucks Langsuan Community Store and from the Good Coffee Day on 18th July 2018 during which Starbucks' customers took part in supporting coffee farmers by donating cash in return for a complimentary beverage.

Starbucks has been working closely with ITDP for 17 years in purchasing best-quality Arabica from coffee farmers in Northern Thailand for the Starbucks, Muan Jai (TM) Blend as well as improving the livelihood of the coffee farmers. Based on Starbucks' ethical sourcing, the Coffee and Farmer Equity (C.A.F.E) Practices, coffee farmers are able to grow better coffee beans for themselves and for the environment while Starbucks supports them as a buyer and contributes to improving their quality of life. ITDP will use these funds to build a coffee bean nursery, purchase Arabica saplings and support sustainable coffee planting to further enhance livelihoods in the future.

Photo (from left): Somchit Vutiputanant, Operation Director, Starbucks Coffee Thailand, Nednapa Srisamai, Managing Director, Starbucks Coffee Thailand; Mike Mann, Director, Integrated Tribal Development Program; Sumonpin Jotikabukkana, Marketing &communications director, Starbucks Coffee Thailand

About Starbucks

Since 1971, Starbucks Coffee Company has been committed to ethically sourcing and roasting the highest quality Arabica coffee in the world. Today, with stores around the globe, the company is the premier roaster and retailer of specialty coffee in the world. Through our unwavering commitment to excellence and our guiding principles, we bring the unique Starbucks Experience to life for every customer through every cup. To share in the experience, please visit us in our stores or online at

About Starbucks Coffee Thailand

Starbucks Coffee (Thailand) Co., Ltd. was founded in Thailand in July 1998. Starbucks Coffee (Thailand) now operates 349 retail locations throughout the Kingdom. The company is dedicated to making the Starbucks Experience a rewarding part of the day for all its customers in Thailand, while contributing positively to the community through its sponsorship of sustainable coffee production with Thai hill tribes under the name of Muan Jai(R) (Thai blended coffee).

Starbucks always initiates handcrafted beverages one at a time and invites customers to personalize their beverages. Starbucks partners strive to provide the best coffee experience and are always ready to share with customers background on Starbucks coffee heritage. For further information, please visit

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