Case Studies

Can we ever get to zero waste?

May 20, 2014

Yes, our goal of zero waste to landfill* by 2015 is lofty. And when we look around one of our 100,000-square-foot manufacturing facilities, the notion of zero really sinks in. Can we ever get there? We’ll never know if we don’t try. So we’ve… READ MORE

How can we make sure we’re sourcing responsibly?

May 20, 2014

Farmer Brothers is committed to helping our grower partners build better futures while also offering our customers a complete array of responsibly grown, ethically traded products. That’s why we take a truly holistic approach to addressing… READ MORE

How can coffee adapt to a changing climate?

May 20, 2014

From the smooth, chocolaty taste of Central American coffee to the fruity, wild flavors that come from East Africa, the coffee we drink is as nuanced as the regions from which it originates. But what if all that changed? A rapidly warming planet,… READ MORE

How can we keep farming families from going hungry?

May 20, 2014

Imagine getting paid once a year for your job—at a price that’s always changing as a result of market forces. Would you be able to make the money last? Invest in your business? Feed your family? Many small growers across Central America—especially… READ MORE

Protecting Fragile Coffee Ecosystems

September 24, 2013

It’s 89 degrees on a spring day in Ethiopia, and World Coffee Research scientists are touring a semi-forest coffee plantation that shows visible signs of stress. The leaves on the Arabica plants are wilting and spotted with disease. Some… READ MORE

Bringing Gender Equality to Rural Farmers

September 24, 2013

Money is always tight for Nicaraguan farmers during the months between harvests—when they have no income from their crops but many expenses to maintain their farms. Men typically have access to microloans to make it through these “leanREAD MORE

Cultivating Long-term Relationships with Growers

September 24, 2013

When we first met Don Primitivo Morran Herrera, proprietor of the Finca San Francisco coffee farm, we also met his newborn granddaughter Gabriella. As she rocked from a hammock in the center of the finca, we talked coffee with Primitivo and READ MORE

Modernizing Trucks for the Long Haul

September 24, 2013

Imagine an aerodynamic tractor-trailer equippedwith the kind of side fairings seen on high-performance racecars. It’s not the delivery truck of the future. It’s the type of green innovation we’re bringing to our fleet right now, … READ MORE