ED&F Man’s coffee business, Volcafe, has been trading coffee since 1851. Today, we provide beans for 80 billion cups each year and there is only one thing we prioritise above coffee itself – partnership.
For our customers, we provide access to all the major coffee producing origins, from individual farmers selling a few kilos of coffee cherries in Papua New Guinea to large plantations in Brazil that deal in hundreds of tonnes of export-ready product. Our long-term customers value our efficiency, innovation, dependability and market insight.
For our suppliers, many of whom we have known for generations, we provide certainty and support. Our Volcafe Way outreach programme works direct with farmers to train them in sustainable production techniques and good agronomy practices.
At Volcafe, we work hard at being the partner of choice. With 167 years of experience, we know what it takes to keep our customers and suppliers happy.
From single-origin micro-lots to mainstream commercial grades and customised blends, we have the expertise and assets to get coffee to you efficiently and reliably.
Our strength in origins and commitment to sustainable supply mean you’ll always get what you asked for – that’s our promise to you.
Close partnerships at origin
with key supply-chain assets and ‘boots on the ground’.
Transparent three-way relationships
between you, farmer communities and Volcafe.
Partnerships on rejuvenation and sustainability projects
aligned with our shared values.
A long, deep-rooted heritage
in coffee across the entire supply chain.
Flexible and agile solutions
with benchmark standards of service and market insight.
Innovation and opportunities
We support the International Coffee Organization’s objective to develop a sustainable coffee sector. Since the inception of the sustainability movement, Volcafe has built and operated certified, sustainable supply chains across all our origins, addressing key economic, social and environmental issues in coffee farming communities.
These efforts fulfil the requirements of major roaster codes of conduct and sustainable certification systems such as 4C/Global Coffee Platform, UTZ, Rainforest Alliance, Café Practices, Nespresso AAA, and more. Our interdisciplinary field teams, called Farmer Support Organisations, advise producers year-round on environmental, social and
We collaborate with a wide range of local and international NGOs and other partners (including the Costa Foundation) on projects related to community development across our origin countries:
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Our proprietary sustainable sourcing strategy is called ‘The Volcafe Way’.
Drawing on the expertise of our field teams, it pools their collective knowledge within a farmer support organisation that provides direct technical assistance to farmers, helping them to improve their coffee quality, farm productivity and yields.
The Volcafe Way is now active in Africa, Asia and Latin America. More than a sustainability strategy, it’s the way we do business. We take a ‘root cause, root solution’ approach, working directly with coffee farmers to assist and train them in sustainable production techniques and good agronomy practices, as well as in making the best use of their land for future generations.
Our farmer support teams help producers to manage risks, improve outcomes, gather data and focus on measurable results that our customers can monitor and verify. One of our flagship training methods is creating business model farms, which provide local learning hubs where surrounding communities can exchange best practices so that they all learn and benefit — whether they work directly with us or not.
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Managing director – coffee
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