We can’t lie—life has been pretty good to us. We wanted to bring great, environmentally conscious coffee to the people, and we did. In return, we’ve been able to grow and enjoy our accomplishments. And, as far as we’re concerned, there’s only one way to show our thanks. Yep, giving back not only makes us feel good, it’s part of why we exist. We look at each and every “benchmark” in good corporate stewardship as merely a baseline and consistently reach further.
Our community giving and Origin Direct programs represent our efforts in the communities and on the farms where we source our exceptional beans. From cancer-prevention programs to Kenyan Mums, we work to better life for everyone and everything. After all, life’s been looking out for us.
CTC International is a non-profit organization working diligently in Kenyan communities to create solutions to community needs in five specific areas: education,environment, economy, health and community. Each area directly impacts the community as a whole and each is interrelated to the success of one another.
Begun in 1990, EARTH is a private, international, non-profit university dedicated to education in the agricultural sciences and natural resources in order to contribute to sustainable development in the tropics by seeking a balance between agricultural production and environmental preservation.
Students come from all over the world—mainly on scholarship—to study, and then return to their home country empowered with the knowledge to implement sustainable systems.
We work with EARTH students to produce our Costa Rican Dota Tarraz which is available at Whole
Foods Market. A graduate from Earth University, is in charge of the co-ops environmental program which includes earth worm composting, bio-gas production, water conservation, and shade management. The farm also runs a small test organic farm to teach the members how to grow coffee with ecologically friendly methods. Funds from the sale of our Dota coffee go to support the Earth University scholarship program.
Cervical cancer is the #1 cause of cancer death for women in developing countries. It is also one of the most preventable when caught early. Grounds for Health was founded in 1996 by a U.S. coffee company president, and his close friend, a retired OB/GYN. They were visiting coffee cooperatives in Mexico where they learned that cervical cancer rates there were some of the highest in the world. Many other coffee growing countries have high rates of cervical cancer, as well—mainly due to lack of education and access to testing.
We support Grounds for Health with an annual financial contribution and by purchasing coffee sold at their fund-raising auction. Through this support we hope to help women in coffee growing communities live long, healthy lives.
Coffee is grown in diverse, remote regions from around the world. Most growers never have the opportunity to experience coffee outside their region or to share the practice of growing with coffee farmers in other countries. Let’s Talk Coffee® is an annual event that brings the specialty coffee industry from grower to roaster to meet face-to-face—providing a forum for growers and business partners to create and maintain open lines of communication, and to have a mutual sharing of knowledge.
Our participation as a sponsor is used to bring growers from our coffee communities in Tanzania, Ethiopia, and Latin America. Where we can share opportunities for growth together.
For more than a decade, Renewable Choice has supported sustainability initiatives that increase transparency, reduce risk, lower costs, leverage competitive advantages and improve stakeholder relations. Since 2004 we have worked with Renewable Choice to make our Thornton, Colorado headquarters a 100% wind-powered facility, purchasing enough clean, sustainable wind energy to supply the energy use of our entire building—including our roasting facility, warehouse and corporate offices.
Most of the world’s 25 million coffee farmers receive less than one percent of the price of a cup of coffee, making them some of the world’s poorest workers. The Rainforest Alliance works to conserve biodiversity and ensure sustainable livelihoods by transforming land-use practices, business practices and consumer behavior. Through the Seal Your Cup program the Rainforest Alliance works with coffee companies to raise the quality of life for coffee farmers and to ensure their fair treatment. We support Seal Your Cup by purchasing coffee from 20 Rainforest Alliance Certified™ farms and co-ops in eight countries. By offering these coffees we hope to give you the power to change a life with the simple power of your cup.
For more than a quarter of a century, the SCAA has inspired specialty coffee professionals in their quest to learn, grow and collaborate for the betterment of the specialty coffee industry. As a member we work with other SCAA members from around the world to improve sustainability practices, worker livelihood, and to share knowledge that keeps improving our industry from farm to cup.
The simple act of cooking kills more than 2,000,000 people per year. Smoke from inefficient cook stoves is responsible for the death of (mainly) women and children in agricultural areas. To fuel these stoves, fruit-bearing trees are cut down—limiting the ability for these communities to sustain themselves and their land. Trees, Water & People is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that develops and manages continuing reforestation, watershed protection, renewable energy, appropriate technology, and environmental education programs in Latin America and the American West. Since 2004 we have participated in their 100% Replanted program. Through this program we replant 5 trees for every tree’s worth of paper we use, and install fuel-efficient stoves in our coffee communities in Central America—reducing the demand for fuel wood and removing dangerous toxins from their homes.