Your Coffee and the Environment - How friendly is your choice!
Finding an environmentally friendly coffee is not always as simple as it sounds. There can be many factors influencing the impact on the environment, such as the way it is farmed and moved around in its supply chain, to the way it is packaged and then supplied to the end user.
Reducing as many stages in the supply chain as possible can help reduce a coffee beans carbon foot print. Using environmentally friendly packaging can also make a difference, especially with the introduction of reusable containers, moving the product a step closer towards zero waste.
The commitment to sustainability and fairness needs to be by everyone from within the products chain for us all to have the maximum benefits. The burden should certainly not be put on the end consumer. Whether it be the farmers, the roasters, the restaurant, cafe and hotel owners or the end consumer, we all have a role to play in supporting the production and purchase of ethical products.
For any business or individual trying to make a difference by their selection and use of a product alone, knowing its journey and how it has been produced should be an important part of their decision-making process. This is why traceability has a significance.
Being able to trace a product back to source in order to confirm its ethical and sustainableproduction is becoming more and more important day by day. Avoiding exploitation, supporting Fairtrade and backing sustainability are all efforts that are hot on everyone’s lips right now, however consumers can only guarantee their support if there is complete transparency in a products origin and production.
At Lost Barn Coffee Roasters we are striving to make a difference, making careful and conscious choices about the beans we buy and how we buy them. We believe the fairest model is to buy directly from the farmers, ensuring we pay a farm-gate price that is a true reflection of the value of the high quality product that has been grown and the costs involved in growing it. Direct-trade creates a sustainable partnership that promotes transparency, knowledge sharing and mutual respect. We currently buy about 30% of our beans in this way, and in 2020 we look to increase this proportion further, as we continue communications with growers in South America and Africa. The beans we are not yet buying directly are carefully sourced from *UTZ and **Rainforest Alliance Certified farms through merchants who are dedicated to developing sustainability and improving the long-term interests of all their partners.
Direct Trade Coffee
Reusable Coffee Container Scheme
Once the green coffee beans are received at our roastery, we roast and package everything on site, during which quality checks are made at various stages. We then send our packaged products directly to our customers. In a move to help hospitalityvenues reduce their packaging waste, we have recently introduced reusable coffee containers. This has already seen positive and successful results, helping save thousands of coffee bags from landfill.
If you would like to find out how we can help with the supply of sustainable and ethically sourced speciality coffee, please feel free to get in touch anytime. Wholesale prices are available for commercial customers, please contact us directly for further information.
* UTZ Certified is a program and a label for sustainable farming and stands for sustainable farming and better opportunities for farmers, their families and our planet. The UTZ program enables farmers to learn better farming methods, improve working conditions and take better care of their children and the environment.
**Rainforest Alliance is an international non-governmental organisation operating in more than 60 countries focused on building an alliance of farmers, forest communities, companies, and consumers committed to creating a world where people and nature thrive in harmony.