WHAT WE'RE GOOD AT
Climate change is currently a major challenge to coffee growing communities around the world.
We want to do our bit to try to reduce the impact of our CO2 emissions and help try to stop climate change. When we learned that one of our coffee partners in Honduras had built a solar-powered drying facility for their co-operative, we were really impressed, and we have now chosen to invest in this group to offset our CO2 emissions.
Supported by the Mesoamerican Development Institute, we buy carbon credits from the group which are used to invest in planting native trees for carbon sequestration, as well as supporting integrated open canopy farming within the Pico Pijol rainforest national park. By doing this we offset all our Scope 1 and Scope 2 CO2 emissions.
Child labour is a difficult and emotive topic for coffee. Low prices and poor availability of childcare make it hard for coffee farmers to help their children get a good education and stay out of the coffee farms before they are old enough to work there.
We have had a strong relationship with the community around Finca Santa Paula in Coban, Guatemala for many years, and we support them to help make sure that all the children of that community get a great education by donating 20p per pack of Guatemala Pocola sold to their school to fund building improvements, school equipment and support their teachers.
Women make a vital contribution to global coffee supply, and in many parts of the world are largely responsible for the family coffee farm. Unfortunately, in many places women still lack basic fundamental rights and freedoms.
We have partnered with the Café Femenino foundation to help encourage gender equality at origin, by supporting women coffee farmers in Peru. We pay a premium for every bag of Peru Femenino coffee that we buy which goes to support women in Peru to claim the legal right to the lands they farm, to take up leadership positions within the co-operative, to get paid directly for the coffee that they grow, and also to receive the premium paid for their coffees. We are Europe’s largest buyer of Café Femenino coffees.
The Grumpy Mule roastery is located in the small town of Meltham, just outside the Northern edge of the Peak District, known as the Dark Peak.
We also support the local food bank and Meltham Town Council, making great coffee accessible to older residents of the village through supporting social events in the Carlisle institute.
We love great tasting coffee, and we want to keep coffee tasting as great as possible.
We have partnered with one of our major customers, and our in-country export partner to co-fund an academy for young coffee growers in Planadas, Colombia.
We pay a premium for every bag of coffee we buy through this supply network, which goes to fund agricultural interventions, monitoring and training of young farmers to further improve the quality of their coffee and enhance their yields, to help them keep coffee tasting great, and give themselves a positive future as coffee farmers.