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

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 Green Cafe Network on November 19, 2010 at 2:48pm
Hi everyone - the link to the first webinar recording is under its description above! And here:
Comment by Kirstin Henninger on November 12, 2010 at 3:27pm
Sorry the links to the webinar are not up yet!! Thanks for your patience - we'll put them here as soon as possible.
Comment by Brandon D on November 12, 2010 at 3:18pm
am i blind or are the links just not up yet?
Comment by Kirstin Henninger on November 11, 2010 at 7:28am
Thanks for the positive feedback on the first webinar! Yes - the presentation will be available on this Group Page as well as on We'll post a link here as soon as it's available. Thanks!
Comment by Jason Haeger on November 10, 2010 at 8:51pm
I missed it! I had a couple of last minute orders that had to get done, and they had to get done during the webinar. Is it saved somewhere so I can watch it even if I wasn't able to participate?
Comment by Michael B. on November 10, 2010 at 5:26pm
And it's the right thing to do!
Comment by Michael B. on November 10, 2010 at 5:26pm
I also enjoyed the webinar and learned a lot. The concept of saving water and energy is very similar to the rest of the shop...a small savings can really add up over time. We operate in a world of small margins, so every little bit helps and most of these changes are easy ones!
Comment by Matt Milletto on November 10, 2010 at 5:02pm
1st Webinar was great, very informative and I got some great ideas for Water Avenue Coffee!
Comment by Tristan Creswick on November 10, 2010 at 4:52pm
hello. will these webinars only be available to watch in the allotted time???
Comment by Ronda S on November 1, 2010 at 10:30am
this is great! I'll be on the webinars!

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