Costa Foundation

The Costa Foundation is an independent charity that aims to improve the education for boys and girls in some of the poorest coffee-farming communities around the globe.

We know that the farmers who grow coffee are an essential part of our business – we couldn’t keep inspiring the world to love great coffee without them! 

Many coffee-growing communities are situated in remote rural areas, in some of the world’s poorest countries and children in these communities often have limited or no access to education.

The Costa Foundation* was started back in 2006 to support the people living in remote communities by building schools to give children a safe, quality education. 

We know that education has the power to change a child’s life story, which is why the Costa Foundation has a big vision: to eradicate poverty in coffee-growing communities. 

More than 1,000 jobs for teachers, assistants, administrators, cooks and general staff have been created
  • £14 million+

    has been raised

  • 75,000

    children now attend school

  • Over 80

    school projects have been completed

10 different countries across the coffee belt now benefit from a Costa Foundation school project, including Colombia, Uganda and Vietnam. The Costa Foundation supports these communities without expecting anything in return, which means we are often helping farmers in areas where we are not able to buy their coffee.

These huge achievements are only possible through the enthusiasm and dedication of our teams to fundraising for the Costa Foundation, and the continued generosity of our customers and suppliers.

Our goal is to raise £20 million for the Costa Foundation by 2021 and fund 100 schools by 2020.

Our Costa Foundation website is a great place to learn more about how Costa cares about coffee and the communities who grow it. 

In 29 of our schools, we have been able to provide brand new libraries and fully stock them with books

Violence and a lack of employment opportunities in their home forced Melisa’s family to search for alternatives in different parts of Colombia. 

Melisa now attends Anatoli School with several other members of her family, where they study not only traditional subjects but also gain vital knowledge about coffee growing. Going to the school has helped Melisa and her family to feel at home in the community, after experiencing several years of violence and conflict. 

Melisa said, “I have known about coffee since I was born and just like all my family, have lived amongst coffee plants. Thanks to the school, I have learned about business and especially about coffee, and one day my family made the decision to become coffee growers. We were able to rent a 5-hectare lot, and we called it Finca La Maria”.

In 2017, Melisa’s family farm produced its first coffee harvest. Their hard work to prepare the land, plant seeds, care for the coffee plants and then harvest the beans has at last paid off. Their coffee was even selected to participate in Colombia’s prestigious Cup of Excellence competition, finishing in 2nd place overall! 

Melisa said, “Today I believe that as women, we can achieve great things. Being able to sell our coffee for a very good price not only helps our family to reach our goals, but above all shows how education, effort, and persistence are always rewarded, and that we can be examples for other women”. 

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*Registered charity no. 1147400 In Scotland, SCO43414