In the beginning, there were around 300 farmers in the program. It has grown so much, that there are now about
70,000 from 12 countries with the goal of creating Sustainable Quality.
How does it work? Through an unparalleled network of over 350 agronomists who work and live in the field, embedding
the AAA standards into farmers’ ways of operating. Our future is tied to the future of the farmers, so we partner
with them in a journey of continuous improvement, the reach and likes of which is absolutely best-in-class.
What do farmers say? “We have invested the additional income we have gained through the
Nespresso AAA Sustainable Quality™ Program in our farm, in our children’s education, and in the livelihood
of our family and that of our workers.” Olga Lucía Otero, AAA farmer in Colombia since 2006.
After all their hard work, farmers have started to envision the possibility of being able to reach Rainforest Alliance
certification in addition to participating in the
Nespresso AAA Sustainable Quality™ Program.
This combination empowers coffee farmers by investing in community infrastructures, paying premiums for superior
coffee, and encouraging best agricultural practices.
In addition, it provides farmer training, financing, and technical assistance to continuously improve quality,
sustainability, and productivity.
That is why today we source 80% of our permanent coffees from the
Nespresso AAA Sustainable Quality™ Program and more than 40% of all our coffee comes from farms that
have achieved Rainforest Alliance certification.