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Reflections: Was It the ‘Donuts’ in the Headline?

Reflections: Was It the ‘Donuts’ in the Headline?

Wednesday’s article about the new, double-walled paper cups from Dunkin’ Donuts elbowed its way to number four on our list of most-read articles from the past sixty days – and it has only been posted for 48 hours. With readership of that article already topping the hundreds of other articles that have been posted for as long as two months, something clearly

7-Eleven Gives Millennials What They Want: Sustainable Coffee

7-Eleven Gives Millennials What They Want: Sustainable Coffee

Convenience retailer 7-Eleven, citing a 2016 study which found that sustainably sourced coffee is recognized by almost half of Millennials as an important attribute when making their selection, is swapping the Colombian coffee now served at its stories for a new Rainforest Alliance Certified, single-origin Colombian coffee. It is the … Read more »

Are Coffee Drinkers Better Environmental Managers?

Are Coffee Drinkers Better Environmental Managers?

US cities with the highest concentration of coffee shops are also more likely to be home to businesses that have adopted environmentally sustainable practices, according to a study from Infogroup. The Western US has the highest concentration of “green cities” and coffee shops, making up all of the top 10 … Read more »


Mondelez Boosts Sustainable Coffee Farming

Mondelez International, the world’s second largest coffee company with brands such as Jacobs, Carte Noire, Kenco and Tassimo, is boosting its sustainable agriculture initiatives by inviting a third-party to report on the impact of its Coffee Made Happy Program. The $200 million Coffee Made Happy program aims to improve farmers’ … Read more »

Global Warming Threatens Organic Coffee

Global warming has created the worst outbreak of leaf-rust fungus in 30 years for organic coffee growers throughout Mexico, Central America and parts of South America, according to Bloomberg. Farmers can use chemicals to kill the fungus, though they risk losing their organic certification if they do. Humid conditions and … Read more »

Farmers Generate Energy from Coffee Wastewater

It is possible to generate energy, tackle climate change and protect water resources by treating discharges from coffee mills, according to project findings by UTZ Certified. The Energy from Coffee Wastewater project was launched by UTZ Certified in 2010 in Central America with the goal of addressing environmental and health … Read more »


Nespresso Pledges Carbon Neutrality by 2020

Nestle’s Nespresso coffee brand has pledged to become carbon neutral by 2020. The commitment is one of several new sustainability initiatives, part of a 500 million Swiss francs ($547 million) program called The Positive Cup. Nespresso says it will invest the money over the next six years to shrink its … Read more »

Starbucks Recycles Coffee to Make Milk

Starbucks Recycles Coffee to Make Milk

Starbucks is recycling coffee beans to make milk for its coffee. The coffee giant is using Menincon’s fermentation technology that allows the used grounds from Starbucks stores in the Tokyo area to be converted into feed for the diary cows that produce the milk that goes into Starbucks stores’ specialty … Read more »


McDonald’s Sets CSR Goals

McDonald’s has set a goal to source 100 percent of its coffee, palm oil and fish from verified sustainable sources by 2020. The company made this commitment and a host of others as part of its first Corporate Social Responsibility & Sustainability Framework, announced yesterday. Other goals include: Supporting sustainable … Read more »

Coffee Grounds Converted to Biomass Pellets

A London-based company, Bio-bean, plans recycle waste coffee grounds and converting them into biofuels. The Guardian reports that architecture student Arthur Kay was looking at closed loop waste-to-energy systems for buildings. When he chose a coffee shop he realized the oil content in coffee and the amount of waste produced, … Read more »


How Green is Your Coffee?

A Green Coffee Carbon Footprint Product Category Rule has been published to help the industry calculate greenhouse gas emissions from coffee production. The Sustainable Agriculture Initiative (SAI) Platform’s Coffee Working Group, in collaboration with the Sustainable Trade Initiative (IDH), developed the Green Coffee CFP-PCR. The Project Steering Group providing the … Read more »

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