Seattle, WA (May 18, 2017) — Coffee Flour™ has been selected by the Global Sourcing Council (GSC) as a finalist recipient of the GSC 3S 2017 Climate Change Award for its outstanding commitment and business model for impacting climate change.
Every year billions of pounds of coffee cherry fruit, a byproduct of coffee production, are discarded or, to a lesser extent, composted into fertilizer. When left to decompose in landfills, wet coffee pulp contributes to global warming by releasing significant amounts of methane into the atmosphere and threatening local water supplies. Recent data from the USDA suggests that each pound of decomposing food in landfills emits .36 kg of CO2e. Based on the global consumption of coffee in 2015, an estimated 16 M MTs of CO2e or .2% of the world’s carbon emissions would be attributable to coffee pulp waste alone. Rather than leaving these cherries to rot in heaps, Coffee Flour converts them into a nutrient-dense and distinctly flavorful culinary ingredient that is high in fiber, protein, potassium, calcium, and iron. Coffee Flour’s business model also provides supplemental income for smallholder farmers and creates additional jobs at local coffee mills, turning what was once a pollutant into an economic boost to coffee-growing communities around the globe.
Selected out of hundreds of applications and 77 finalist nominees, Coffee Flour was honored as this year’s GSC 3S Awards Climate Change Award Finalist recipient at the 3S Awards Ceremony at the United Nations in New York City on May 17th. As a recipient of the GSC 3S Climate Change Award, Coffee Flour will contribute to the discussion on the role of the private sector in executing the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030 initiative and help translate the aspirational goals of the UN’s 17 SDGs into “SMART” action items (Simple, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Tangible). Coffee Flour will also have the privilege of participating in GSC’s bootcamp, which convenes global sustainability and business leaders to help accelerate the scale-up efforts and associated environmental and social impact of the awarded enterprises.
About Coffee Flour
Coffee Flour is a new global impact food made from the discarded pulp and skin of the coffee cherry. Through the coffee milling process, an estimated 21 billion kilograms of coffee cherry pulp waste is generated annually. The pulp is sometimes composted, but more often dumped in landfills, which threaten fragile ecosystems. Fortunately, Dan Belliveau and the team at Coffee Flour discovered that when dried and milled, coffee cherry pulp becomes a nutritionally-dense flour that can reduce the environmental damage created through the buildup of excess pulp on coffee farms, generate economic value to smallholder farmers and millers, and bridge dietary gaps in micronutrients at source. Over the last two years, Coffee Flour has focused its efforts on establishing a reliable, high quality global supply chain. The product is now being incorporated into chocolate, bakery, and beverage products around the globe while also addressing a long-standing, fundamental environmental issue associated with coffee pulp waste and transforming coffee-growing communities.
Visit http://www.coffeeflour.com to learn more.
About 3S Awards
The GSC 3S Awards is a global empowerment platform for small and mid-size social enterprises. Established in 2008, the GSC 3S Awards program recognizes individuals and organizations that have demonstrated exceptional social and economic leadership in innovating, improving and implementing Sustainable and Socially Responsible Sourcing (3S) practices and supports them by providing global visibility, connections to successful global business leaders and access to business resources and financial capital.
The 3S Awards program is closely aligned with the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030 initiative and 3S Awards winners are empowered to lend their voices to the discussion on the role of the private sector in executing the SDGs in the next 15 years.