Coffee Bean International Roasting Facility Awarded LEED® Silver Certification

Portland company is the first Pacific Northwest coffee roaster to attain this high environmental standard and recognition
Publish Date: 
September 21, 2009

Coffee Bean International, a premier specialty coffee roaster and wholesaler, has received LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver certification for its new 125,000 square foot roasting facility, continuing its green leadership role in the coffee industry. This is the first LEED certified coffee roasting facility in the Pacific Northwest and the second on the West Coast.

"Coffee Bean International has always been keenly invested in being a leader in the industry, from our early adoption of sourcing organic beans to our work establishing the fair trade certification process," said Patrick Criteser, President & CEO of Coffee Bean International. "The new green building solidifies our commitment to the environment. But, we don't stop here. Our green values extend into every aspect of our business as we further define our leadership role in environmental stewardship.

When designing the new headquarters, one of the top priorities was making it as eco-friendly as possible. The building process began by repurposing an existing structure. New building materials include 50 percent recycled wood and 70 percent local materials. With lead architect Peter Alto of Group Mackenzie, Coffee Bean International both improved its operational efficiency as a small batch roaster and reduced its carbon footprint in the new space. As an example, the company reduced its natural gas usage by 70 percent.

Coffee Bean International's LEED Silver Certification was based on a number of green design and construction features that positively impact the project itself and the broader community. These features include:

  • 20 percent more energy efficient than is required by code
  • Motion detected and automatic shut-off lighting
  • Disconnected downspout (water goes to onsite filtration system of planters that clean the roof water)
  • Landscaped with native plants
  • Low VOC paints
  • Low VOC carpets
  • Recycled carpet backing tiles
  • Dual-flush toilets

"Building operations are nearly 40 percent of the solution to the global climate change challenge," said Rick Fedrizzi, President, CEO & Founding Chair, U.S. Green Building Council. "We are proud to support innovative companies like Coffee Bean International as they address it through local solutions."

Coffee Bean International continues its sustainability efforts through its S.E.E.D. (Social, Economic and Environmental Development) program. Employees develop and drive programs geared toward improving energy efficiency, waste reduction, and community support in the countries from which coffee is sourced, as well in the local area. Through these efforts, the company has also transitioned to 100 percent renewable electrical energy, composts 100 percent of its organic waste, and recycles over 80 percent of its total waste.