Social respons­ibility

We rely on skilled farmers around the globe to grow and process the special coffees we roast, so we work to ensure their future. The foundation of our farmer partnerships is measuring social, environmental, and economic conditions at farms and mills. Guided by these insights, we work alongside farmers to offer training and educational opportunities, support farm community initiatives, and invest in coffee plant science.

We measure social, environmental, and economic conditions at farms and mills. Guided by these insights, we offer training and educational opportunities, support farm community initiatives, and invest in coffee plant science.

Responsible sourcing

We’ve always sought to source the highest quality coffees for our customers in a way that honors farmers, respects the environment, and recognizes the role of communities. Beginning in 2016, we formalized our efforts to systematically evaluate all coffee purchases annually according to key sustainability standards. We’re most of the way there with measurement, and these insights inform our efforts to make improvements that matter.

We’ve always sought to source the highest quality coffees for our customers in a way that honors farmers, respects the environment, and recognizes the role of communities. Beginning in 2016, we formalized our efforts to systematically evaluate all coffee purchases annually according to key sustainability standards. We’re most of the way there with measurement, and these insights inform our efforts to make improvements that matter.

Farmer assistance

Coffee farmers face an unprecedented number and complex array of challenges. There isn’t a singular solution, and often a meaningful response requires a long-term view and a collaborative approach. We focus on training farmers and funding better coffee plant science. There’s much, much more to be done, but we’re seeing social, environmental, and economic benefits take hold.

Coffee farmers face an unprecedented number and complex array of challenges. There isn’t a singular solution, and often a meaningful response requires a long-term view and a collaborative approach. We focus on training farmers and funding better coffee plant science. There’s much, much more to be done, but we’re seeing social, environmental, and economic benefits take hold.

Community Support

By investing in the farmers and communities where we source coffee, we’re able to connect more closely with these critical business partners and build supplier relationships based in trust and mutual understanding. In this spirit, we support youth, education, and health-focused initiatives that position coffee communities to thrive today and into the future.

By investing in the farmers and communities where we source coffee, we’re able to connect more closely with these critical business partners and build supplier relationships based in trust and mutual understanding. In this spirit, we support youth, education, and health-focused initiatives that position coffee communities to thrive today and into the future.

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Leed gold certified

Green roasting at home

We roast 100% of our coffees in the nation’s first LEED Gold Certified roasting facility. Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council, LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.

  • Energy

    Energy

    • Heat exchange technology recovers roasting heat, resulting in 40% less natural gas used
    • Use of natural light and high efficiency lighting technology reduces energy used by 40%
    • Environmentally-sensitive, high-efficiency HVAC systems reduce greenhouse emissions
    • The use of energy efficient RTO (Regenerative Thermal Oxidizer) technology increases natural gas efficiency by 30%
  • Landscaping

    Water Conservation

    • 100% storm water runoff goes through bio-swales or water treatment units en route to San Francisco Bay
    • Water-efficient landscaping and high-efficiency irrigation reduces water usage by 87%
    • The facility uses waterless and low-flow fixtures that reduce the consumption of water.
  • Relationship

    Materials

    • Over 75% of construction waste was diverted from landfill to recycling during construction
    • More than 90% of the waste materials generated from roasting and packaging are recycled or upcycled and diverted from the landfill
    • Over 20% of materials come from local and regional sources
    • Recycled materials are used in mulch, including coffee chaff, a by-product of roasting
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People & Planet

A collection showcasing our dedication to communities and the environment where our coffee is grown.