Costa Foundation

Through the power of education, the Costa Foundation aims to eradicate poverty in coffee-growing communities.

Building schools and futures

The farmers who grow coffee around the world are an essential part of our business – our great coffee wouldn’t exist without them! However, we know that many coffee-growing communities are in remote rural areas in some of the world’s poorest countries, and children in these communities often have little or no access to education.

Back in 2007, we started the Costa Foundation, an independent charity with a bold vision: to fund schools and school projects in coffee-growing communities which provide the opportunity to access a safe, quality education.

The charity does this by:

  • Building new schools or extending existing ones

  • Investing in water supplies and providing electricity

  • Furnishing the new buildings

  • Providing computers and other essential technology

  • Building toilets and teacher accommodation

  • Promoting gender equality

  • Developing land for students to grow crops.

Changing lives one school at a time

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 coffee. We don’t do things by halves, and we definitely don’t do average. Our fundraising builds brilliant schools for amazing young people.

We are really proud of all that the charity has achieved so far and are looking forward to changing the life stories of even more children in the future.

10 different countries across the coffee belt now benefit from a Costa Foundation school project, including Colombia, Uganda and Vietnam

Change a child's life story

Education is the key to changing children’s life stories, so we're working hard to build quality schools. They are built in some of the world’s most remote communities, with locations carefully chosen to provide support where it is most needed.

Costa Foundation school children learning at a desk with computers

What’s Next

From crop to cup, protecting human and animal welfare is incredibly important to us. Discover how we source our products responsibly here.