10 Sustainable Coffee Brands You Might Not Know

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A good cup of coffee in the morning can give us all the energy we need to get through the day. While the taste is important, sustainable and eco-friendly produced coffee is also very important. Many sustainable coffee brands pride themselves on their coffee beans quality and taste, but their constant action to make a difference for the people and the environment. It is important to show support for sustainable coffee brands and help make a difference by making ethical choices. By using to buy from sustainable coffee brands that means you are actively acting and make a difference. Want to know more about sustainable coffee and sustainable coffee brands, just keep on reading!

What does sustainable coffee means?

You might be wondering what does sustainable coffee mean, well to put it simply, sustainable coffee means the coffee that is being produced and sold are done so with acknowledging the importance to protect the environment and the people and doing so.

It’s coffee that is grown in a way that conserves nature and provides better livelihoods for the people who grow and process it.

(Velde)
One example of it would be fair trade coffee, fair trade coffee means that the producers and coffee bean farmers are being paid equally and fairly for their work. Another example will be organic coffee, where no synthetic chemicals or pesticides are used, which is better for the environment and the farmers. With the mindset of doing better and more for the environment and people, sustainable coffee brands are helping us make a difference. Sustainable coffee brands help us consumers act more sustainable by buying or supporting them.

10 Sustainable Coffee Brands

Here are 10 sustainable coffee brands that look after their workers, farmers, and producer and take extra care to make sure they are protecting the environment.

Tiny Footprint Coffee

Tiny Footprint Coffee - Women Producer Sample
Must Try: Women Coffee Producers Sampler
Tiny Footprint Coffee is an amazing sustainable coffee brand. Not only are they extremely environmentally conscious and aware, but they also make sure that every cup of coffee that they make can make a difference. Tiny Footprints works with a small artisan roastery and a non-profit conversation organization to reduce the amount of carbon emission. A portion of the profit is donated to Mindo Cloudforest Foundation to help reforestation in the Mindo Forest in Educator. Plus, Tiny Footprint Coffee believes in supporting women whenever possible, thus, have a special curator selection of women-produced coffee. Truly a sustainable coffee brand!

BLK & Bold – Black Owned and Sustainable Coffee Brand!

Blk & Bold - a sustainable coffee brand
Must Try: Rise & GRND Medium Roast Coffee
BLK & Bold is B-Corp certified sustainable coffee brand meaning they are actively making a difference for their employees, the local community, and the environment through their profit and business growth. They donate 5% of their profits to help youth at risk, eradicate youth homelessness. Also did you know that it is a Black-owned business! More reasons to support this sustainable coffee brand.

SLOW COFFEE – Japanese Sustainable Coffee Brand

Slow Coffee's Spring Seasonal Coffee
Must Try: Seasonal Blends
SLOW COFFEE is a Japanese sustainable coffee brand, where they only use organic fair trade coffee beans and roast the coffee beans themselves for the best coffee beans. SLOW COFFEE also makes sure when sourcing coffee beans, they are doing the most to protect the local environment, such as agro-forestry. They work with the AACRI (local agro-forestry organization) in Intage, Educator to help protect the forest and hopes to continue to help the local people.
*Unfortunately, currently they only ship within Japan. If you do live in Japan, you should definitely check them out!

Conscious Coffees – Conscious of the earth

Conscious Coffee
Must Try: Conscious Coffees 8oz Sampler 4 Pack
Conscious Coffees is another B-Corpo certified sustainable coffee brand. Conscious Coffees make sure they provide the best coffee, but also make a good impact for the earth, such as organic coffee beans. In addition, to ensure the best for the coffee farmers, Conscious Coffees have joined the Cooperative Coffee organization, which allows them to directly import from farmers and create lasting relationships, which ensures the best for the farmers.

Wonderstate Coffee

Wonderstate Coffee, a sustainable coffee brand
Must Try: ORGANIC PROJECT CONGO MUUNGANO – FRUITY & DYNAMIC
To make sure they are a sustainable coffee brand, Wonderstate Coffee has many ways to provide the best for their customers and their farmers. Including a minimum price guarantee to pay the farmers that are much higher than the industry standards, annually donating 5% of profit to help local communities, such as On the Ground Congo. As for the environmental side, their factory is solar-power and they sourced organic coffee beans to protect the environment.

Café Mam – Decaf Sustainable Coffee Brand

Café Mam's Royal Espresso coffee beans
Must Try: Royal Espresso
Café Mam (its pronounced as ‘mom’) has been around for quite a while. Since 1990, they only sourced fair trade, organic, and shade grown coffee beans, plus, all coffee beans are grown by Native Maya farmers in Mexico. Café Mam makes sure they are doing the most for the people and the environment, by working with the indigenous farmers who knows and understand the land and how the protect the earth. Shade grown coffee beans means that the coffee farm does not destroy natural forest by cutting down trees, instead the coffee beans are grown in the shade of these trees, which makes a huge difference for the biodiversity and ecosystem. In addition, Café Mam uses recyclable/compostable packaging, recycled box for shipping, and anything they can do to reduce the waste and environmental impact in their business. Of course, as a sustainable coffee brand, they also donate a certain percentage of their profits to nonprofit organizations that focus on organic agriculture, social and environmental causes.

Counter Culture Coffee

Apollo from Counter Culture
Must Try: Apollo
Counter Culture Coffee makes sure that they are sourcing the greenest and sustainable coffee beans. Not only to make sure they pay more for the coffee through partnership, they support environmental stewardship efforts at the farm level through premiums, Seeds projects, and third-party verification. In addition, Counter Culture Coffee make sure they are participating in local community support, such as donation and volunteer.

Grounds for Change

Grounds for Change's Congo Coffee farm
Must Try: Congo “Muungano Natural”
Grounds for Change is part of the B-Corp, participating in the 1% For The Planet where they donate at least 1% of their profit to nonprofit organizations. That’s not where Ground for Change stops, as a sustainable coffee brand, they make sure all operations are using renewable energy and off-set all carbon dioxide emissions, sourcing from organic and fair trade coffee beans. Making sure all packaging are from recycled materials and leaving as little impact on the environment as possible.

Hiro Coffee

Hiro Coffee's Organic Blend Inagawa
Must Try: Organic Blend Inagawa
If you are interested in another Japanese sustainable coffee brand, Hiro Coffee is a great choice. Hiro Coffee aims to coexist with nature through actions that respect the environment and the people. They are part of the Rainforest Alliance and they actively support the farmers and protecting the rainforest. Through activities for environmental conservation around the coffee bean producing areas and raising labor conditions. Hiro Coffee has certification from Good Inside which is an organization that helps educate sustainable farming practice and better agricultural practices, the Bird Friendly label, where the coffee is grown in the shade while protecting the rainforest and certified organic.

Wandering Bear Cold Brew Sustainable Coffee Brand

Cold Brew - wandering bear (sustainable coffee brand)
Must Try: EXTRA STRONG ORGANIC COLD BREW COFFEE (Straight Black)

Last but definitely not least, Wandering Bear Coffee is a great sustainable coffee brand if you love cold brew. Wandering Bear Coffee uses 100% recyclable packaging for all of its products, including the boxed cold brew, to-go single-serve coffee, and coffee pods. If you are looking for a sustainable coffee brand that sells cold brew and the cold brew is strong, Wandering Bear is a great option!

Let’s Support Sustainable Coffee Brands

With these 11 amazing sustainable coffee brands, you can definitely find a perfect coffee for you. Plus, these sustainable coffee brands offer a wide range of options and that can easily be turned into gifts for your friends and family. Each of these sustainable coffee brands want to bring you the best coffee while making sure they are doing to best for the farmers and the environment. In addition, many of them are continuing to actively seek better actions and things they can do to protect the environment. After all, if the climate destroys all the forest and land towards the end, there will be no more coffee, which will be a problem for many people. So by supporting sustainable coffee brands, you are helping others, the planet, and yourself in a way.
If you are curious to know more about sustainable coffee or specifically fair trade coffee, this article is dedicated to fair trade coffee and the story behind fair trade coffee.
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Resources:
Velde, Bruno Vander. “What on Earth Is ‘sustainable’ Coffee?” Conservation International. 29 Sept. 2016. Web. 30 Mar. 2021.
               
Author: Monica Chang
On my own ethical journey since 2010. Always happy to learn more!