How Do You Contribute to A Greener Coffee World?

Sustainability has become a very global issue and it’s no surprise that the specialty coffee industry has been deeply involved in looking critically at its impact. All across the supply chain, people are changing the way they do business, whether it be through carbon footprint reduction or offset, switching over to more eco-friendly drink-ware, or reducing the amount of waste generated.

For example, SCAA member, Green Café Network, is working to recognize and reinforce the work of independent coffee shop owners who strive for environmental awareness and social change using cafes as a primary vehicle. Likewise, the SCAA Sustainability Council is hosting several lectures at the Event in Houston about how climate change is affecting coffee lands and how to incorporate conservation solutions into your business (for more information about attending these lectures, see below).

As part one of our three part sustainability series we’d like to know what all of you are doing to make your company or home-brewing practices greener. In the comments below, we invite all of you to share your stories and collectively help the industry grow. We’d love to start a lively discussion on how people can reduce their impact. We want to know what’s worked, what hasn’t, and what you think could be done differently. Don’t be shy! Initiating change requires getting an active and respectful dialogue going!

If you’re interested in learning more about climate change in the coffee lands, attend these lectures at the SCAA Expo from April 28th to May 1st. Visit to learn more.

Climate Change in Coffee Country
Friday, April 29th, 2011
9-10:15 am

Carbon Foot Print Seed to Cup: Impact and Solutions
Sunday, May 1st, 2011
10:30-11:45 am

3 Responses to How Do You Contribute to A Greener Coffee World?

  1. Anna says:

    Where I work we implementing LEED (Leadership in Engeregy Efficient Design) which is overseen by the US Green Building Council. Changes under LEED include; waterless urinals, utilizing skylights/natural lighting whenever possible, paperless hand dryers like the Dyson airblades and carpool initiatives.

    On a daily basis we double side our print outs, and recycle what paper we do use. We recycle all cans/bottles/ink toner/cells/magazines/batteries as well. Everyone has been provided a logo waterbottle and travel mug so using a paper cup is less convinient.

    Pellets made of the silverskin of coffee discarded in the roasted process are sold to 3rd party companies which create a secondary purpose for them as well as burlap bags.

    And of course no coffee goes to waste; coffee that cannot be sold, or bags that have to be opened are rebagged and donated to local shelters.

    Wow Alex, that is commitment! I am not sure if I can give up my car yet, but I do carpool and use public transportation when I can.

  2. Alex says:

    On a personal level, I gave up my car about 8 months ago and committed to riding my bike or taking public transit to work. It's been great and my commute on the beach path is lovely! I also try to buy ethically-sourced (and local) food and clothing whenever possible.

    For my company, I have implemented a transition to a web-based program that helps us depend less on paper transactions but also provides much more transparency and efficiency for our organization (less shipping, real-time communications, etc…). It's a win-win!

  3. BaristaOnDutY says:

    One Of The Ways My Company BaristaOnDutY.Com, Contributes To Being Greener, Is 90% Off Coffee Consumed In House Is Drank In A Ceramic Cup, Also The Coffee Grounds Are Used For Organic Composting & Gardening, That We Do On Our Small Farm, To Further Help We Also Make Our Own BODY Soap Using Our Coffee . I Think This Is A Step In The Right Direction, From Day One I Have Been An Advocate For Greener Practice's, It' Great To See Bigger Organizations, Stepping Up To The Plate And Taking Charge N Responsibility,To Spread Awareness. Keep It Green!! Happy CoffeeING! |_|B

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