Greening Your Cafe

For all members of the barista and coffeehouse communities interested in joining a movement to improve the sustainability of independent coffee shops!

Location: San Francisco
Members: 145
Latest Activity: Mar 12, 2020

Welcome to 'Greening Your Cafe' - a BX group interested in integrating green practices into cafe operations and growing sustainability in the specialty coffee industry.  Spearheaded by Green Cafe Network's founder, Kirstin Henninger.  We want to keep the conversation growing around all things related to coffee and sustainability - join us here and on Facebook!



Please join our "Green Cafe Professionals" Group on FACEBOOK!  You can request to join the group here (just click "Join" in the upper right corner):


About Green Cafe Professionals: This is a 'closed' forum for cafe operators and enthusiasts committed to sustainability in cafes, where members can share info, post questions, make recommendations and connect with other coffee / cafe professionals. Items posted in the group are NOT viewable to the public.  


  • GCN will post specific, practical tips on how to operate a green café only to this group.
  • You will be able to share best practices and actively connect with other café operators, baristas, roasters and/or coffee lovers.
  • You will get access to benefits and promotions with green venders as they arise during the year (all of which are optional.)  For example, you can get discounts on any of GCN’s services, and/or get a coupon code for $100 off your first order with one of our partner venders.  Offers like this will come up during the year, and will only be posted to our closed group of Professional Members.

It's easy.....You can request to join the group here (just click "Join" in the upper right corner):

Also please make sure to "Like" our Green Cafe Community page on Facebook as well:


The Importance of Greening Cafes
The U.S. has over 20,000 coffee shops, and in each of these retail spaces there is an incredible opportunity to help reduce the specialty coffee industry’s collective environmental impacts. Considering Americans were estimated to use 23 billion paper cups last year and restaurants are the #1 consumer of electricity in the retail sector, cafes are directly responsible for huge amounts of waste, energy use and water consumption in our communities every day. By working together and sharing resources, the coffeehouse community can minimize these impacts and green their industry - from the bottom up.



Discussion Forum

Join us for an awesome lecture: "Creating a Sustainable Cafe" at SCAA's Expo this Saturday

Started by Green Cafe Network Apr 11, 2013. 0 Replies

Come join us this Saturday for an awesoome presentation on "Creating a Sustainable Cafe" at SCAA's Expo from 10:30am-11:45am.  If you won't be in Boston - please tell your friends that will be!…Continue

Ideas on Greening Your Cafe

Started by Derryl Reid. Last reply by Green Cafe Network Jan 28, 2011. 1 Reply

A message from Tommy to all members of on Barista Exchange!Ok, so for Purest, we want the world to be more green : )!!YEP so we came up with a committment of giving incentives to our customers..and…Continue

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Comment by Kirstin Henninger on May 11, 2011 at 1:45pm

We here at Green Cafe Network are proud to announce our new and innovative partnership with Cafe Design & Architecture -- The Green Cafe Design and Architecture Team!

This partnership brings together the industry leaders in architectural design and sustainability consulting to provide green design solutions for cafes of all sizes across the country.

Read more about the partnership here:

And more about the services we'll be offering here:

Thanks and let's get to greening those cafes!
-- Green Cafe Network --

Comment by Green Cafe Network on February 3, 2011 at 1:16pm
Hi everyone! Thanks to all who joined us for the webinar yesterday on "Greening Your Routine". If you missed it (or want to watch again!) use the link above to watch the full recording with slides and audio.
Comment by Lori Nevin on February 1, 2011 at 1:09pm
We give 5 cents off each beverage when anyone brings their own travel mug or buys one of ours (BPA Free, D/W and Micro Safe). Our own hot and cold cups are compostable and we have a FOH and BOH composting program. FOH is mostly educational unless we have time to pick through and get things in the proper waste can (Garbage, Recycle, Compost). Urbia diverts 1/2 ton away from landfills to compost every month, and diverts more volume to recycling. We're now considering delaying garbage pick up to every other week :D
Comment by BreAnn Veldstra on February 1, 2011 at 11:10am
bring your own cup 50cents off your drink! currently using locally made biodegradable cups! going green ohh yeah!
Comment by Green Cafe Network on December 6, 2010 at 12:33pm
Hi everyone. Thanks for participating in last week's "Zero Waste Cafe" webinar. For those that missed it - or want to see it again - we'll be posting the link to the presentation here this week. That link will be active for a while so you can reference it whenever needed. Thanks for your patience! Also please join us in the new year for webinar #3 on Feb. 2nd. Thanks! Kirstin
Comment by Ronda S on December 6, 2010 at 12:24pm
Hello Everyone,
I see there is a recording for the 1st webinar, is there also one for the 2nd webinar? I was in Nicaragua and missed it, hoping to catch up.
Comment by LeNell on December 2, 2010 at 3:21pm
Hate to miss the seminar yesterday but was fully booked with customers and couldn't steal away. Sure hope to see a link up soon to what I missed out on. Thanks for the effort to put the event together!
Comment by Green Cafe Network on November 22, 2010 at 2:05pm
Hi everyone - registration for the second installment of the webinar series - The Zero Waste Cafe - is now live! Sign up at this link: See you there!
Comment by Green Cafe Network on November 19, 2010 at 3:32pm
Registration is done for each webinar separately, so you'll have to register each time, and the dial in and code will be sent to you in the confirmation each time. The number should stay the same but the link for you to join the webinar may change. Just use the latest info you get in each confirmation email and you should be good to go!
Comment by Melanie Logan on November 19, 2010 at 3:22pm
Once we're registered will we be sent a code for each webinar or do we use the same dial in/code from the first segment?

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