More than 80% of the Nespresso coffees are sourced from the AAA Sustainable Quality program. This stringent certification initiative guarantees consumers exceptional quality coffee and fair conditions of production.
Sustainable quality coffee
Nespresso experts travel across the Americas, Africa and Asia in search of exceptional flavours. But this selection process would amount to nothing without the meticulous work carried out by the 70,000 producers who await the best possible moment for manual harvesting. Thanks to their expertise, all the richness of the raw material is preserved to obtain green coffee.
AAA Sustainable Quality™ Program
Since 2003, the Nespresso AAA Sustainable Quality™ Program was created with the Rainforest Alliance. This tailor-made coffee program ensures that we can offer you the highest quality coffee, while creating sustainable livelihoods for farmers and their communities and protecting the environment.
The quality of our coffees is monitored at every stage of production, from the bean to your cup of freshly extracted coffee. This all starts with selecting the best coffee cherries, each chosen for the excellence of its origin.
Once the beans have made it to Switzerland, our Coffee Experts create subtle blends that release the unique nuances of the terroir of each coffee bean. The art of creating blends consists in providing consistent quality.
Every coffee is unique. The quality and precision of the grinding process gives the coffee the balance that characterises it. Finally, our hermetically sealed aluminium capsules preserve all the aromas and flavours of freshly ground coffee.
In collaboration with the Pur Projet, we are planting trees around coffee farms. Agroforestry offsets the CO2 emissions generated by coffee farming and promotes biodiversity.
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More than 80% of our coffee is sourced through the AAA Sustainable Quality programme. Approximately 40% of Nespresso coffee is certified by the Rainforest Alliance and several thousand tonnes are also Fairtrade-certified. Today, Nespresso is the largest roaster of Fairtrade coffee in Switzerland.
Nespresso and Fairtrade: How the partnership supports the livelihoods of coffee farmers
In addition to product quality, Nespresso's coffee production focuses on sustainable farming practices and on meeting the needs of local farmers.
In 2003, in partnership with the Rainforest Alliance, Nespresso launched the AAA Sustainable Quality™ Program, which aims to provide high-quality, ethically-produced coffee while ensuring the well-being of the coffee growers.
The AAA program offers farmers many benefits. Take Humberto Galeano Sanchez, a Colombian coffee grower in Aguadas Caldas, for example. Thanks to the establishment of a new coffee processing cooperative, he’s able to save time and money and support his daughter to pursue her dream of going to university.
In addition, numerous other partnerships have been forged, including with Fairtrade, the best-known sustainability label in Switzerland.
Together with the Aguadas Coffee Cooperative, the Colombian Ministry of Labor and Cafexport, Nespresso and Fairtrade have launched a retirement plan for Colombian farmers – the first of its kind in the history of coffee.
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The pension fund ensures social welfare for coffee farmers, while promoting cultivation programs to ensure better yields and premium quality. This creates opportunities for the younger generations to stay in the coffee farming trade, which is such an essential part of the Colombian economy and tradition.
Master Origin Indonesia: First Fairtrade-certified coffee in the permanent Nespresso range
2018 sees the introduction of Master Origin Indonesia, the very first Fairtrade-certified coffee to be added into Nespresso’s permanent range. It has its origins in the Fairtrade Coffee Cooperative Ara Cahayani Gayo in Central Aceh, Indonesia. This cooperative already counts more than 1,800 coffee growers, whose social, economic and environmental conditions are continuing to improve thanks to the collaboration between Nespresso and Fairtrade.
Introducing Fairtrade-certified coffee into the permanent range is strong evidence of the joint commitment by Fairtrade and Nespresso helping small coffee growers, said Dario Soto Abril, CEO of Fairtrade International.
Iswandi and Tukyiem, coffee farmers and members of the Fairtrade coffee cooperative in Indonesia, are looking to the future with confidence:
We hope that through cooperation we will improve the education of our children in the interest of future generations.