See how your cup of coffee made a difference in 2016

February 3, 2017
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On its own, it may seem like just a cup of coffee. But together, all those cups represent incredible opportunities. We can be good to our partners (employees) by investing in their future, good to farmers by supporting needs in coffee-growing communities and good to the world by helping build a sustainable future for coffee.

It’s all thanks to you.

See how your cup made a difference last year.

You helped hire more than 8,000 veterans. Veterans show us what great citizenship looks like. We are honored and inspired every time they join our team. Learn about our commitment to hire at least 10,000 veterans and military spouses by the end of 2018.

You helped send 6,535 baristas to college. Through the Starbucks College Achievement Plan, partners can earn a bachelor’s degree online from Arizona State University—with full tuition coverage. Because investing in our partners is one of the best investments we can make. Meet some recent grads. (Congrats!)

You helped give 10,000 young people jobs. An estimated 5.3 million young people (ages 16-24) are out of work and not in school, according to the 2016 Opportunity Index. We’re dedicated to creating pathways to opportunities and employment for youth, including hands-on training and hiring fairs.

You helped donate 22 million trees. Coffee farmers are facing a devastating enemy: coffee rust. It impacts coffee production and livelihoods. Through Starbucks One Tree for Every Bag Commitment*, enough funds have been raised to plant 22 million rust-resistant coffee trees, 10 million of which have already been distributed in Mexico, Guatemala and El Salvador. See how you’re helping coffee farmers like Rolando Lopez.

You helped support 301,506 ethically-sourced coffee farms. We want to make sure our coffee is good for both people and the planet. That means focusing on social, environmental and economic best practices, and ensuring coffee quality. 99 percent of our coffee is ethically sourced thanks to farmers and their commitment to sustainable practices.

Let’s keep the good going in 2017. Learn how you can give back by volunteering in your community.

*Starbucks will donate $0.70, the average cost of a coffee tree, to Conservation International for every bag of coffee sold from participating Starbucks® stores in the U.S. to foster thriving coffee communities. To learn more, visit

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