We often hear about the negative impacts of growing coffee, such as deforestation, non-recyclable paper cups and even enforced labour, and sometimes about the positive benefits that coffee brings to farmers and their communities. But could we do more?
Like most food crops, coffee is a seasonal product. Luckily for us, not all coffee producing territories harvest at the same time, and some harvests are large enough to last roasteries the entire year – pretty important when you want consistent components in a blend. However, thanks to the coffee industry’s ever-increasing appetite for the new and unusual, seasonal coffees with a limited stock – often called microlots – have earned a significant position in the speciality market place.
You may have seen all the stories in the news recently about the environmental concerns of takeaway cups. Whilst Union doesn’t own coffee shops, we do supply our coffee to many different independent coffee shops across the UK. As part of that relationship we often provide takeaway cups for their business. So we felt it really important to ensure we weren’t contributing to the problem.