Taking action through concrete initiative – Cooperative Coffees’ impact
Cooperative Coffees is an importer of Fair Trade and Organic coffee committed to improving the livelihood of small-scale coffee farmers, providing services to its members, and creating connections that have a regenerative and sustainable impact. LpB has been buying exclusively from Coop Coffees since 2011, and has become officially a member of the coop in 2017.
Under the Carbon, Climate, and Coffee Initiative, we track our collective carbon footprint, from the moment our contracted green coffee is put on a truck towards the port until the coffee is roasted and delivered to the end consumer. In turn, we invest US$ 0.03/lb on all green coffee purchases into our Impact Fund.
This fund supports carbon-sequestering agricultural practices and other innovative farmer-led projects contributing to the health and sustainable development in producer communities, and offering a solution to global climate change
The producers we work with define the focus of our impact investments, and have consistently cited climate change, soil health, and increasing yields as top challenges facing their organizations. We learned from our partners that promoting regenerative soils and organic practices provides solutions for many challenges facing independent smallholder farmers. An added benefit of this work is the ability of farmers to mitigate the global effects of climate change as healthier soils also sequester more carbon from the atmosphere.
Cooperative Coffees is also a member of the Cool Farm Alliance,a platform for industries to track the environmental impacts and improvements over time of agrarian crops. “Calculating and tracking our collective carbon footprint, but also putting a corresponding financial “quid pro quo” into our Producer Support Fund, brings us into a broader conversation about climate justice.”– Coop Coffees.
Cooperative Coffees is a certified B-Corporation and won the Specialty Coffee Association (SCA) 2020 Sustainability Award in the Business Model category. “Cooperative Coffees is honoured to receive this award. Our roaster members work hard to treat producer organizations as equal business partners in terms of the price they pay, the projects they support, and the ongoing commitment they demonstrate to our partners in the countries of origin, harvest after harvest. This award is a recognition of the Cooperative Coffees community and a great way to celebrate our 20th anniversary.”
– Ed Canty, General Manager of Coffees Cooperative, of which LpB – La p’tite Brûlerie is a member.