SUSTAINABILITY INITIATIVES 

Our sustainability practices focus on meeting today’s needs without compromising our ability to meet the needs of the future. In doing so, we focus on three pillars of sustainability: environmental, social, and economic.

 

Environmental Sustainability

We roast our coffee on the world's most innovative and energy-efficient machines, Loring SmartRoasters. This has reduced energy consumption and CO2 emissions by up to 80%.

 

We have upfitted our roasting facility with roof-mounted solar panels, which produced a total of 27,024 kWh in 2021 alone.

 

We have replaced all our roastery fluorescents with LEDs. This reduces our energy burden on the planet by up to 30%.

 

Since 2018, we have worked closely with Compost Now to bring composting to our roasting facilities and to all our cafes. Today, most of our single-use service items in our cafes are commercially compostable. 

 

Our composting efforts have generated some amazing results. Here's a snapshot:

     

    Landfill

    We've diverted 147,117 lbs of food waste away from landfills.

    Wheelbarrel

    We've created 36,779 lbs of nutrient-rich compost.

    Car

    Our composting equates to 429,458 fewer miles of car exhaust pollution.

    Growing plant

    We've generated enough compost to grow 36,779 tomatoes.


    Social Sustainability

    In 2004, we made a commitment to support under-represented coffee professionals, especially the women farmers of Café Femenino, by paying a premium to Fair Trade for the coffee they produce. Now, we are the exclusive roaster and distributor of Café Femenino Coffee, and 30% of our green coffee is sourced from women-owned farms.

     

    We provide marketing and development support to the International Women’s Coffee Alliance (IWCA), which empowers women in the international coffee community by encouraging and recognizing the participation of women in all aspects of the coffee industry.

     

    We teach and mentor at the Coffee Equity Lab at Vanderbilt University with a goal of creating meaningful and coordinated resolutions to equity challenges for all participants in the coffee supply chain.

     

    We are a key speaker on issues of social sustainability and gender equality at the Specialty Coffee Expo, Coffee Fest, as well as other professional organizations within and outside of coffee.

     

    We have partnered with Oxfam International on gender justice and gender equity initiatives, presenting those findings at The Specialty Coffee Association International Expo.


    Economic Sustainability

     

    Joining the industry’s transparent trade initiative, we seek to return 20% of the packaged price of our Direct Trade coffees to communities where the coffee is grown.

     

    We partner with producers, exporters and others that empower workers and pay fair wages: