As a coffee house owner there are many decisions that one can make to offer sustainable coffees, environmentally friendly products and to create a culture within your business that is socially responsible. I have seen an exponential growth in customer education and social awareness in the past few years and am excited to see coffee houses and coffee roasters/green coffee buyers focusing not only on quality but also developing direct relationships with coffee farmers etc.
What I wanted to open up for discussion is a resource for coffee houses who may already be offering some "green" choices, as well as those who can learn from others, the simple practices that can greatly effect our customers buying practices. For many of us the first step is establishing a relationship with a coffee roaster, or roasting our own coffee, so that the coffee we serve and purchase is ethical and sustainable. There are obviously MANY great articles out there talking about this revolution so I wanted to expand upon this and brainstorm ideas that retailers can practice or offer that go past just the coffee we serve.
So. What are some of you doing out there to lead by example with your retail operations?
I have seen coffee houses switching to 100% biodegradable cups, composting used coffee grounds, donating to charities like Coffee Kids
or Baristas for Bikes
and a lot more.
There are many ways a coffee house can conserve energy as well, with choosing everything from lighting, delivery options, water usage, recycling, etc. I also know there are coffee roasters out there who are experimenting with alternative energy use, and recycling the energy from their roasters to power their facility, etc. Also, many wholesale roasters are using hybrid or bio diesel vehicles.
The coffee industry is so large that all of these decisions that we make can have a substantial global effects not only on the environment, but also the world economy.
Let hear your ideas and examples!