Grounds for Change already sells organic, fair-trade, shade-grown coffee roasted using 100 percent renewable electricity. They also donate one percent of sales to environmental organizations.
And now they're offsetting 100 percent of their emissions with CarbonFund.org. I mean, I don't think it could be any greener if each bean was hand-raised by Al Gore.
Check out their "comprehensive 'crop to cup' analysis" of their carbon footprint:
- Organic cultivation of coffee plant
- Non-mechanized harvest of coffee cherries
- Pulping and washing of cherries (to extract beans)
- Sun drying of coffee beans
- Transport of beans to dry mill for hulling
- Burlap bags used to contain finished green coffee
- Transport to port city in country of origin
- Ocean transport from origin to US west coast ports
- Warehousing in US port cities
- Transport to Grounds for Change roastery
- All energy used in roasting processes
- All energy used in operations and business travel
- Coffee packaging materials, labels and shipping boxes
- Transport of finished coffee to customer
- Customer disposal of empty coffee bag
Grounds for Change also offers blends from Cafe Femenino Mexico, which "is a new origin for this special project that empowers women coffee farmers by involving them in every step of the coffee production process."
The Green Miles ordered a pound of the Sumatran and a pound of the El Salvador. The shipping is a bit steep, starting at $6.20. But the pound bags are $1.50 off right now, so that makes up for it nicely.
My current favorite coffees are the Starbucks Organic Sumatra-Peru Blend and the Sulawesi from Central Coffee Roasters. I'll let you know how the Grounds for Change coffees stack up!