Coffee has historically been a crop grown to satisfy the demand of the developed world at the cost of a lower quality of life for producing communities. Now, the coffee industry has the tools, the energy, and the momentum to create a paradigm shift and redefine coffee as we know it. But, before we can change the coffee world, we have to measure our current baseline and concrete steps already taken, so we can design our intentions around real information. We need a measurement tool. And, now we have one: START.
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It is a force to be reckoned with when a group of dedicated representatives from all aspects of coffee—growers, certifiers, importers, social programs, roasters, and retailers—rendezvous to discuss how to move the dial on our industry’s sustainability meter. The winter ’11 Sustainability Council Retreat over the past weekend was a productive and fulfilling meeting of the minds. Read more »
You say Starbucks®. I think…top-tier brand. Defiantly stubborn in their tradition of quality. I think…innovative product marketing. America’s specialty coffee lexicon. I think…unbelievable product and customer experience consistency (excluding airports, hotels, and cafeterias, of course). Starbucks equals decommoditization of coffee, circa 1990. Read more »
The Coffee Bean International 2011 Sustainability Report is now live. This year, we made huge strides toward shifting our waste ratio, with the ultimate goal of hauling zero waste to the landfill. We also dramatically reduced our travel miles, which will impact our overall carbon footprint. Additionally, we grew our direct trade portfolio and off-commodity-market purchases, which isolate farmers from the coffee price volatility that is driven now primarily from investors/speculators. Through these direct relationships we can address coffee’s biggest sustainability issues. Read more »
Coffee Bean International is proud to be a finalist for the Tom Holce Entrepreneurship Award for Growth Stage Companies. The awards recognize five leaders who "create jobs, grow our economy and spawn better ways of doing pretty much everything." Winners will be announced Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010 at the Hilton Portland. We'll be there with the baristas of Public Domain on the pour over bar, which is always a good thing, win or lose!
Built on the belief that coffee should be an experience, not just a routine, we are proud to announce our flagship coffeehouse, Public Domain. Public Domain brings our new line of small batch roasted, seasonal coffees, world class baristas, a pour over brew bar and the innovative new espresso machine, the Slayer, to downtown Portland. Read more »