Alternative coffee brands giving sustainability a shot

Coffee companies are trying to bring about social change by making their purchasing and procurement processes completely open and collaborating with local governments to insure a more equitable process for all.

Easy Jose coffee
Easy Jose Coffee is dedicated to environmental protection, with the aim of combating the coffee industry’s role in the degradation of the Amazon. Greg Campher and James Higgs, co-founders, collaborate with remote indigenous groups to create unique blends that benefit both the communities and the surrounding rainforest. Their collaboration with the Mayni group in the Amazon rainforest, who handpick the coffee crop to reduce environmental harm, is part of a completely open process that yields sweet and sustainable brews.
Coffee in the Workshop
Workshop Coffee, a cup of black coffee
Workshop Coffee has been roasting and brewing coffee from its roastery in London for the past decade, supplying it to the brand’s four coffee shops as well as wholesale partners such as Claridge’s and The Fat Duck Group. Workshop Coffee’s single origin coffees are imported from 14 countries in a process that involves equal pay for farmers and promotes reinvestment and training at the local level, resulting in coffee that the company defines as “clean, sweet, and new.” is a website dedicated to coffee workshops.
Coffee with a fiery heart
Packets of Fireheart Coffee with a Cafetiere
Fireheart Coffee, which is just a year old, is a seasonal coffee subscription service that delivers freshly roasted coffee from Ethiopia and Colombia at your door. For minimal waste and full flavour, the company roasts its beans on demand, including those that go into its pods. The pods, which are plastic-free and compostable, are also environmentally friendly, and are expected to decompose in a matter of weeks.
Roasters on the Move
Packets of Flying Roasters coffee
a coffee roastery in Berlin Flying Roasters obtains its coffee directly from cooperatives in order to insure that equal working conditions exist during the coffee’s cultivation and harvesting. Flying Roasters only works with small and medium-sized cooperatives and pays a minimum wage that is almost twice the industry norm. They also fund the harvest in advance to make it easier for the farmers to cover their costs. Its organic coffee is grown as sustainably as possible before being shipped to Berlin, where it is slowly roasted at low temperatures to achieve a delicious depth of flavour. is a website dedicated to flying roasters.
Cold Brew Coffee in a Bottle
Cold brew coffee in aluminium cans, bottleshot
Bottleshot’s cold brew coffee arrives just in time for summer. Created by steeping ethically sourced Arabica beans (from the not-for-profit Rainforest Alliance) in cold water, the cold brew is less acidic than a regular cup of coffee and also stronger, with one can equivalent to two shots of espresso. Company founders Charlotte Dales and Annie Mitchell are Louisiana natives rethinking New Orleans’ traditional cold brew coffee for the UK. Leftover coffee grinds are donated to a community project, which recycles them in vegetable growing. The coffee, available in two flavours, comes in cans made from recycled aluminium.

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