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Starbucks adds support for farmers in Colombia

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Starbucks said it has opened a farmer-support center in Colombia, the world's largest coffee producer after Brazil and Vietnam.

The facility, based in Manizales, is Starbucks' fourth support center. The first opened in 2004 in Costa Rica, which this week got its first Starbucks coffee shop, in the capital city of San Jose.

The company's advice focuses largely on agronomy, including soil analysis to ensure farmers use the right fertilizers. It also teaches farmers how to terrace their land and take other measures to handle heavy rains.

Source: Seattle Times