Sustainability in our Global Community
Sustainability in the coffee world is about quality and long term relationships. Having both parties agree on a price together is a win win. Farmers benefit with a fair wage, and Coffee Labs benefits with remarkable coffee.
Coffee Labs offers a wide selection of relationship coffee. Every year we try to visit all the farms we work with at least once or twice in order to strengthen and maintain our personal and business relationships with farmers. We have also had farmers travel internationally to visit our shop and roastery. They get to see their final product reach the consumer and help educate our customers about where coffee comes from.
In addition to our coffee business with these farmers, we have started to sponsor non-coffee related projects and community organizations in coffee growing communities around the world. Coffee Labs recently sponsored a small baseball league with farmers in Nicaragua.
We also work with organizations which help farmers get their coffee out of countries where that's normally difficult. The Long Miles Coffee Project in Burundi helps farmers with small plots of land sell their coffee in the specialty coffee market around the world, when they would normally be unable to do so.
Another organization we work with, Rayyan Mills coffee, helps farmers get their very high quality coffee out of war torn Yemen to coffee roasters. Their story was featured in the village voice last year in an article called Magic Beans.