WE REGARD
SPECIALTY COFFEE
AS A UNIQUE
OPPORTUNITY TO
CHANGE THE COFFEE
SUPPLY CHAIN

Coffee harvesting in Cauca, Colombia

WE REGARD
SPECIALTY COFFEE
AS A UNIQUE
OPPORTUNITY TO
CHANGE THE COFFEE
SUPPLY CHAIN

WHEN WE DISCUSS SUSTAINABILITY AT SOURCE WE ARE TALKING ABOUT TWO THINGS...

WHEN WE DISCUSS SUSTAINABILITY AT SOURCE WE ARE TALKING ABOUT TWO THINGS...

ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY

Environmental sustainability at source can be defined as coffees and processes that don’t have a negative environmental impact. There are many different ways this can be achieved on a coffee farm, but we believe education around agronomy is most essential. In learning about the specific terroir of their own farms, coffee producers are empowered to make sustainable decisions that result in strong plants and a good yield. This also includes support in improving water facilities at origin by installing filtration systems or investing in eco-pulpers.

ECONOMIC SUSTAINABILITY

The other side of sustainability at the source is achieved by paying fair prices to farmers. Fair prices don’t just cover costs, but also allow for investment back into the farm and the community. We often pay multiple times the Fair Trade price for quality coffees. It is the only way to break out of the commodity cycle, offer long-term prospects, and support a sustainable future for our coffee farmers. We only offer Single Origin coffees, as it gives producers a face within the Specialty Coffee community, and the opportunity to network within it.

ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY

Environmental sustainability at source can be defined as coffees and processes that don’t have a negative environmental impact. There are many different ways this can be achieved on a coffee farm, but we believe education around agronomy is most essential. In learning about the specific terroir of their own farms, coffee producers are empowered to make sustainable decisions that result in strong plants and a good yield. This also includes support in improving water facilities at origin by installing filtration systems or investing in eco-pulpers.

ECONOMIC SUSTAINABILITY

The other side of sustainability at the source is achieved by paying fair prices to farmers. Fair prices don’t just cover costs, but also allow for investment back into the farm and the community. We often pay multiple times the Fair Trade price for quality coffees. It is the only way to break out of the commodity cycle, offer long-term prospects, and support a sustainable future for our coffee farmers. We only offer Single Origin coffees, as it gives producers a face within the Specialty Coffee community, and the opportunity to network within it.

ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY

Environmental sustainability at source can be defined as coffees and processes that don’t have a negative environmental impact. There are many different ways this can be achieved on a coffee farm, but we believe education around agronomy is most essential. In learning about the specific terroir of their own farms, coffee producers are empowered to make sustainable decisions that result in strong plants and a good yield. This also includes support in improving water facilities at origin by installing filtration systems or investing in eco-pulpers.

ECONOMIC SUSTAINABILITY

The other side of sustainability at the source is achieved by paying fair prices to farmers. Fair prices don’t just cover costs, but also allow for investment back into the farm and the community. We often pay multiple times the Fair Trade price for quality coffees. It is the only way to break out of the commodity cycle, offer long-term prospects, and support a sustainable future for our coffee farmers. We only offer Single Origin coffees, as it gives producers a face within the Specialty Coffee community, and the opportunity to network within it.

WE CAN EMPOWER PRODUCERS BY GIVING THEM A FACE WITHIN THE SPECIALTY COFFEE COMMUNITY

Francisco Morales Carrillo on his farm Finca La Esperanza, Guatemala

Francisco Morales Carrillo on his farm Finca La Esperanza, Guatemala

Ralf with Irene Miguongo who runs Ivory, Kenya

TRUSTING RELATIONSHIPS

We would be nothing without our dedicated farmers, who grow some of the best coffees in the world. By working closely with local partners we are able to build trusting relationships with these passionate producers. Our responsibility within these relationships is to be reliable - pay fair prices, offer support every season, and work together to improve quality. More than 800 flavours can be experienced in specialty Arabica beans, and it all starts at farm level. High elevation, great microclimates, healthy soil, and timing are all key - but the highest quality coffees come from careful processing, hand-sorting, and slow drying.

TRUSTING RELATIONSHIPS

We would be nothing without our dedicated farmers, who grow some of the best coffees in the world. By working closely with local partners we are able to build trusting relationships with these passionate producers. Our responsibility within these relationships is to be reliable - pay fair prices, offer support every season, and work together to improve quality. More than 800 flavours can be experienced in specialty Arabica beans, and it all starts at farm level. High elevation, great microclimates, healthy soil, and timing are all key - but the highest quality coffees come from careful processing, hand-sorting, and slow drying.

Ralf with Irene Miguongo who runs Ivory, Kenya

COMMUNITY AT ORIGIN

In most coffee producing countries, a close-knit community is at the heart of everything. The prosperity of one farm is often shared amongst the community, while also providing jobs or financing roads and schools. Knowledge is also shared, and it is communication between communities that is creating movement against the commodity coffee market. Through our partnerships at origin we are given the opportunity to be involved in many sustainability and community projects. Projects in 2018 included waste-water treatment in Brazil, the AMACA Women farmer project in Colombia, drying facilities in Ethiopia, processing upgrades in Kenya, and the Late Harvest Auction in Honduras.

Hand sorting coffees in Yirgachefe, Ethiopia

COMMUNITY AT ORIGIN

In most coffee producing countries, a close-knit community is at the heart of everything. The prosperity of one farm is often shared amongst the community, while also providing jobs or financing roads and schools. Knowledge is also shared, and it is communication between communities that is creating movement against the commodity coffee market. Through our partnerships at origin we are given the opportunity to be involved in many sustainability and community projects. Projects in 2018 included waste-water treatment in Brazil, the AMACA women farmer project in Colombia, drying facilities in Ethiopia, processing upgrades in Kenya, and the Late Harvest Auction in Honduras.

Hand sorting coffees in Yirgachefe, Ethiopia

CONNECTED BY FLAVOUR

We promise our farmers never to blend their coffees with others, and we keep our roasts light. By doing so, we can showcase terroir and the flavour profiles unique to each coffee farm. We roast all our coffees manually on a tailormade drum roaster by Probat, and all our coffees are packed as whole beans for the ultimate flavour experience. Our roast team work closely with our baristas to analyse the performance of every single coffee and make improvements wherever necessary.

SHARING KNOWLEDGE

By sharing our knowledge we can connect our community to our coffee producers. We aim to be completely transparent and authentic in doing this. While we spend a lot of time at origin, being a part of our local community is equally as important. We host weekly cuppings and workshops, and regularly take part in pop-ups, expos, and events. We also run social impact projects, most recently raising money for the Kältebus Berlin and free barista training courses for people with refugee status.

OUR
TEAM

Our wonderful baristas are the ones who connect our farmers with our community. To offer the most authentic experience possible all of our baristas are trained in our dedicated training centre. So, not only can they brew an amazing cup of coffee, but they are knowledgeable on every coffee we have on offer - from farmer, to terroir, to ideal brew method, and everything in between. We also have a huge network of wholesale customers, who represent our coffees in over 300 independent coffee shops worldwide.

OUR TEAM

Our wonderful baristas are the ones who connect our farmers with our community. To offer the most authentic experience possible all of our baristas are trained in our dedicated training centre. So, not only can they brew an amazing cup of coffee, but they are knowledgeable on every coffee we have on offer - from farmer, to terroir, to ideal brew method, and everything in between. We also have a huge network of wholesale customers, who represent our coffees in over 300 independent coffee shops worldwide.

CONNECTED BY FLAVOUR

We promise our farmers never to blend their coffees with others, and we keep our roasts light. By doing so, we can showcase terroir and the flavour profiles unique to each coffee farm. We roast all our coffees manually on a tailormade drum roaster by Probat, and all our coffees are packed as whole beans for the ultimate flavour experience. Our roast team work closely with our baristas to analyse the performance of every single coffee and make improvements wherever necessary.

SHARING KNOWLEDGE

By sharing our knowledge we can connect our community to our coffee producers. We aim to be completely transparent and authentic in doing this. While we spend a lot of time at origin, being a part of our local community is equally as important. We host weekly cuppings and workshops, and regularly take part in pop-ups, expos, and events. We also run social impact projects, most recently raising money for the Kältebus Berlin and free barista training courses for people with refugee status.

OUR TEAM

Our wonderful baristas are the ones who connect our farmers with our community. To offer the most authentic experience possible all of our baristas are trained in our dedicated training centre. So, not only can they brew an amazing cup of coffee, but they are knowledgeable on every coffee we have on offer - from farmer, to terroir, to ideal brew method, and everything in between. We also have a huge network of wholesale customers, who represent our coffees in over 300 independent coffee shops worldwide.

OUR TEAM

Our wonderful baristas are the ones who connect our farmers with our community. To offer the most authentic experience possible all of our baristas are trained in our dedicated training centre. So, not only can they brew an amazing cup of coffee, but they are knowledgeable on every coffee we have on offer - from farmer, to terroir, to ideal brew method, and everything in between. We also have a huge network of wholesale customers, who represent our coffees in over 300 independent coffee shops worldwide.

CONNECTED BY FLAVOUR

We promise our farmers never to blend their coffees with others, and we keep our roasts light. By doing so, we can showcase terroir and the flavour profiles unique to each coffee farm. We roast all our coffees manually on a tailormade drum roaster by Probat, and all our coffees are packed as whole beans for the ultimate flavour experience. Our roast team work closely with our baristas to analyse the performance of every single coffee and make improvements wherever necessary.

SHARING KNOWLEDGE

By sharing our knowledge we can connect our community to our coffee producers. We aim to be completely transparent and authentic in doing this. While we spend a lot of time at origin, being a part of our local community is equally as important. We host weekly cuppings and workshops, and regularly take part in pop-ups, expos, and events. We also run social impact projects, most recently raising money for the Kältebus Berlin and free barista training courses for people with refugee status.

OUR
TEAM

Our wonderful baristas are the ones who connect our farmers with our community. To offer the most authentic experience possible all of our baristas are trained in our dedicated training centre. So, not only can they brew an amazing cup of coffee, but they are knowledgeable on every coffee we have on offer - from farmer, to terroir, to ideal brew method, and everything in between. We also have a huge network of wholesale customers, who represent our coffees in over 300 independent coffee shops worldwide.

OUR
TEAM

Our wonderful baristas are the ones who connect our farmers with our community. To offer the most authentic experience possible all of our baristas are trained in our dedicated training centre. So, not only can they brew an amazing cup of coffee, but they are knowledgeable on every coffee we have on offer - from farmer, to terroir, to ideal brew method, and everything in between. We also have a huge network of wholesale customers, who represent our coffees in over 300 independent coffee shops worldwide.

SUSTAINABILITY CAN ONLY BECOME A REALITY THROUGH FAIR PRICING AND LONG-TERM PARTNERSHIPS

SUSTAINABILITY CAN ONLY BECOME A REALITY THROUGH FAIR PRICING AND LONG-TERM PARTNERSHIPS