“We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children.” As a family business with a number of longtime employees, we take the sentiment of this quote to heart. We recognize that the actions we do or do not make today shape tomorrow for our families, for our company, and… Continue Reading →
Production in 80 countries, employing 125 million workers with 2.25 billion cups of coffee consumed globally per day. Coffee is a big business and sustainability, across all levels of the bean’s lifeline, is an increasing problem.
Iced and blended with a touch of apricot and vanilla, this frappe is sure to chill you out on those hot-hot summer days! Today I am using Organically Grown Peru Dark Roast coffee for my frappe. The subtle apricot and vanilla tones of the coffee perfectly compliment the home-made apricot syrup. Best of all this coffee is Smithsonian Certified shade-grown and Bird Friendly. It is also a featured single-origin for August 2019 at TheQueenBean.com. To learn more about this wonderful bean click here. To read up on more coffees that are good for the earth, good for the animals, and good for you, be sure to check out our sustainability series.
Creating a sustainable café takes a great deal of mindfulness and devotion — and those of you that purchase high-grown, shade-grown, ethically-sourced arabicas are 90% the way there! Finding excellent, sustainable coffee is by far the greatest hurdle to operating a sustainable café. These rest of it — finding sustainable décor, cups, waste disposal options, etc. is the easy bit. It just takes a few easy swaps to turn your cafe from sustainably-sourced to environmentally-friendly.
When speaking about coffee, the term “organic” is complex. There is Certified Organic coffee, noted by a label that says Organic, and organically-grown coffee, also known as natural or passive organic. One is not necessarily cleaner, better for you, or better for the environment than the other.
Coffee from the Galapagos is unique in the Arabica coffee world. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the thirteen Galapagos Islands are highly protected, with only two being approved for agricultural production, San Cristóbal and Santa Cruz. Our coffee comes from San Cristóbal, the larger of the two islands, and the only one with certified sustainability,… Continue Reading →
“Those direct connections, allowing farmers to earn their own income rather than giving handouts, is what makes us the happiest and why we exist.”
Stock up now, coffee will be gone by 2050! If you read the news, you’ve likely felt shock, horror, and finally, despair at the headlines pronouncing our beloved bean’s imminent demise. Thankfully, the whole truth is much less dire.
Decaffeinated coffee can be organic, naturally-processed, and delicious! Long gone are the days when the sole option to remove caffeine from a bean was chemical decaffeination. Long gone should be the days of decaf bashing.
Good for the earth? Good for the workers? Good for the ecosystem? Good for all? Coffee certifications are numerous, diverse, and given to you with little or no explanation. Today, we are going to remedy that. Keep reading to learn more about coffee’s primary environmental and social sustainability certifications.