How Do You Contribute to A Greener Coffee World?

Sustainability has become a very global issue and it’s no surprise that the specialty coffee industry has been deeply involved in looking critically at its impact. All across the supply chain, people are changing the way they do business, whether it be through carbon footprint reduction or offset, switching over to more eco-friendly drink-ware, or reducing the amount of waste generated.

For example, SCAA member, Green Café Network, is working to recognize and reinforce the work of independent coffee shop owners who strive for environmental awareness and social change using cafes as a primary vehicle. Likewise, the SCAA Sustainability Council is hosting several lectures at the Event in Houston about how climate change is affecting coffee lands and how to incorporate conservation solutions into your business (for more information about attending these lectures, see below).

As part one of our three part sustainability series we’d like to know what all of you are doing to make your company or home-brewing practices greener. In the comments below, we invite all of you to share your stories and collectively help the industry grow. We’d love to start a lively discussion on how people can reduce their impact. We want to know what’s worked, what hasn’t, and what you think could be done differently. Don’t be shy! Initiating change requires getting an active and respectful dialogue going!

If you’re interested in learning more about climate change in the coffee lands, attend these lectures at the SCAA Expo from April 28th to May 1st. Visit to learn more.

Climate Change in Coffee Country
Friday, April 29th, 2011
9-10:15 am

Carbon Foot Print Seed to Cup: Impact and Solutions
Sunday, May 1st, 2011
10:30-11:45 am