Friend to the Planet


     Since we started this company we’ve been searching for renewable energy solutions to roast our coffee. We are delighted to tell you that since April 2018, 100% of the energy used to roast your coffee comes from renewable biogas sources.

     The electricity comes from a combination of wind and local dairy farms. The dairy farms operate anaerobic digesters to extract methane gas from cow manure and convert it into electricity (known locally as Cow Power). The energy powering the coffee roasters is biogas generated by a landfill built specifically to recover methane from organic materials. Additionally, we invested in energy-efficient roasting equipment making it possible to roast coffee with significantly less energy.

     Renewable bio-energy costs more to produce, so we pay a premium price to our suppliers. There is no additional cost for you to enjoy our slow-roasted, 100% organic renewably-roasted coffee.

 

Coffee Origin

We source organic, arabica beans from Mexico, Colombia, Nicaragua, Peru, Honduras, and Indonesia.  

Shade

Shade-grown coffee comes from coffee trees grown under a natural shade canopy. Shade makes the coffee beans ripen slowly, which greatly improves their flavor. The shade trees - often fruit trees - diversify the landscape, help retain moisture in the soil, and prevent erosion. They also make lovely habitat for birds. Our certified organic coffee is grown in such an environment.

Caffeine

Caffeine is an odorless, virtually tasteless substance found in coffee and many other plant species. Caffeine content can vary considerably because of factors such as bean origin, roast profile, processing and preparation method, including brewing time. Because of these fluctuating variables it would be difficult for us to say exactly how much caffeine any of our coffees contain. 

To get decaffeinated coffee, caffeine is removed from the green coffee beans before they are shipped to roasters. The coffees we buy are decaffeinated using a water process. 

Acid

Acidity from coffee is dictated by the roast temperature — from darkest to lightest roast it progressively increases. In other words, the lighter the roast profile, the more acidic it is. People who have health issues with acids associated with coffee often add milk or cream to minimize acid effects. Please consult your doctor if you are having concerns about drinking coffee.

Allergens

We do not permit any type of allergens into our production facility. All of our coffees are certified organic arabica, and no other ingredient is added to our products at any stage in production. Our beans do not come into contact with gluten, chemical flavorings, mold, or nuts in our facility.

If you have health concerns regarding drinking coffee you should consult your doctor or medical professional.

Packaging

Our kraft bags can be composted per EPA guidelines (https://www.epa.gov/recycle ). The printed inks are water-based. You can also redeem your bags through our Frequent Friend® program to get FREE STUFF or more coffee! Go to our website to learn more.

Our Low Density Polyethylene LDPE poly bags are manufactured here in Vermont. They are recyclable, and like most LDPE, are reformed into items such as bubble wrap, floor tiles, sandwich bags, trash can liners, and yes, compost bins!

The Eco-Lok used to close the poly bag is made of 100% natural, plant-based resin.

Currently the film used for our 12oz valve bags is not recyclable. We are working with our vendors to find a more sustainable, yet affordable option. We have high hopes that we will be able to offer an eco-friendly package to our customers in the future.

Our Packaging

Our kraft bags can be redeemed for FREE STUFF through our Frequent Friend program!

Our Low Density Polyethylene LDPE poly bags are manufactured here in Vermont. They are #4 recyclable, and like most LDPE, are reformed into items such as bubble wrap, floor tiles, sandwich bags, trash can liners, and yes, compost bins!

Many grocery stores have a soft plastics drop-off bin where you bring our poly bag to be recycled. Or you can repurpose them for carrying your lunch to work, sorting lego pieces, holding party favors, just to name a few that our Frequent Friends have come up with. (We posted on Facebook in June 26, 2013 asking our Friends to tell us how they re-purpose the poly bag).

The Eco-Lok used to close the poly bag is made of 100% natural, plant-based resin.