Coffee Sourcing

Coffee is core to the Tim Hortons brand. While the process from coffee bean to coffee cup can be complex, Tim Hortons is committed to ethically sourcing its coffee andwe are always looking for ways to strengthen our approach to responsible sourcing while also supporting the people, places and partners across the coffee supply chain.

The Tim Hortons Coffee for Communities Program

Since 2005, Tim Hortons has worked with smallholder coffee farming families who are most in need of our support.

Our partnership uses a hands-on, collaborative, and long-term approach to help farmers develop the knowledge and skills to become active participants in the coffee value chain, creating a positive change in coffee growing communities.

Our work addresses six components:

  • Promoting gender inclusion
  • Promoting a viable economic future for young adults
  • Improving coffee quality
  • Strengthening climate-smart production
  • Building and strengthening farmer organizations
  • Building partnerships through collaborative initiatives.

We work to empower through education because often the best innovation comes from farmers themselves. We are encouraging early adoption of new farm technologies, ecological solutions and the use of tech innovation to improve farm practices. We also support coffee farmers to use climate-smart agricultural practices, which are critical to the sustainability of their business and livelihoods.

Projects have been implemented in Guatemala, Honduras, Colombia, Brazil, and Tanzania, and have helped nearly 30,000 coffee farmers and their families to date.




We are proud to partner with Enveritas, who verifies 100% of our purchases each year under a set of Social, Economic and Environmental standards that measure farm-level sustainability. We engage every supplier and use technology and data to understand farmer realities in our supply chain. Our partnership allows us to ‘deep dive’ and support continuous improvement in each of these three areas, while focusing on achieving big sustainability goals with our partners.




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