Circular Coffee from Peru: creating value across the chain

This Action aligns with the following Calls to Action from the Circular Economy Action Agenda for Food 

7. Reframe wasted food and byproducts as valuable resources

4. Better understand hotspots of food loss and waste



Circular Coffee from Peru: creating value across the chain is about promoting circular coffee cultivation practices in Peru. It aims to reduce the use of resources whilst creating an economically viable solution to manage waste material. In addition, this project increases food security by implementing an integral agricultural management system and producing fertilizer of the organic material which is currently discarded. Finally, the profits deriving from the recycling of used coffee grinds collected in the Netherlands will contribute to the creation of a circular coffee fund (CCF) that can be used as an agricultural loan for farmers in Peru. 



The objective is to stimulate upcycling of coffee waste in the Netherlands and Peru and create a Circular Coffee Fund for farmers for circular coffee practices. By training 1,600 farmers on circular coffee practices and implementation, this project introduces circularity principles in the coffee value chain from Peru to the Netherlands. Since its start in 2019, the Circular Coffee initiative has already led to a 20% increase in coffee production, a 10% income increase, an 80% water reduction, 1600 farmers trained on circular cultivation, and the upcycling of 2166 MT of coffee ground. 



The Government of the Netherlands, Netherlands Enterprise Agency, Cuancas del Huallaga Asociacion de Productores Agropecuarios, Servicio Nacional Forestal y de Fauna Silvestre - SERFOR, Olam Agro Peru S.A.C., Solidaridad Peru, Koninklijke Douwe Egberts B.V., Stichting Solidaridad Nederland