Is McCafé® coffee responsibly grown?
March 04, 2021
In 2017, 54% of McCafé coffee (64% of restaurant coffee globally and 11% of U.S. and Canada retail coffee) was sourced sustainably through Rainforest Alliance UTZ, Fair Trade International and Fair Trade USA certification, as well as programs approved by the McCafé Sustainability Improvement Platform, a framework to guide our entire coffee supply chain. Over half of our certified coffee purchases are from Rainforest Alliance Certified™ farms, including 100% of the beans used for our espresso in the U.S. and Canada. This is moving us toward our goal of sustainably sourcing 100% of our ground and whole bean coffee globally by 2020*
Here in the U.S., in partnership with our franchisees along with McDonald's Canada, we invested $6.7 million in a farmer technical assistance program in Central America. During the four-and-a-half year program, we helped train nearly 15,000 coffee farmers to produce more sustainably.
Farmers in the program saw amazing results. Participating farmers reported harvesting on average 45% yield increase compared to their neighbors.
Learn more about our efforts to advance coffee sustainability.
*includes espresso based drinks and coffee brewed at restaurants and all coffee retail products.