Coffee saves Sumatran orangutan

Every hour, areas of tropical rainforest the size of 88 football pitches are cleared to make way for palm oil and other intensive forms of industrial agriculture – threatening the existence of native orangutans and farmers alike. But the Orang Utan Coffee Project is fighting back.

By making ecological coffee farming a viable alternative for local farmers, the Orang Utan Coffee Project is protecting the orangutans’ natural habitat. And at the same time, it’s providing much needed funds for the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme (SOCP), which has already safely rehabilitated well over 200 orangutans. 

The Coffee project is funded by the sales of Orang Utan Coffee: a 100% Arabica, single origin, single estate coffeeo. For every kilogram of green coffee local farmers produce, they receive a premium. And a donation is made to the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme, covering about 4% of its yearly costs.

Leading conservationist, Doctor Ian Singleton, director of the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme (SOCP), said: “Because of the destruction of their habitat, only 14,000 Sumatran orangutans remain in the wild today. By working with the SOCP, the Orang Utan Coffee Project is safeguarding the livelihoods of local farmers and bringing the Sumatran orangutan back from the brink. With their help, there is still hope for Sumatran orangutans and their rainforest home.”

Coffee lovers in the UK also benefit, as these tropical rainforests provide the special climate needed to grow Arabica coffee beans in Orang Utan Coffee.