Corporate coffee

Despite mischaracterization in the media, Nespresso has never set actual recycling goals, they have only claimed they would increase capacity to recycle their coffee capsules.

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Revised on March 23, 2014

Smucker’s, owner of Folgers, Millstone, and Dunkin Donuts brands, is dead last among the major coffee corporations in sustainability reporting and certified coffee purchases. And that is saying something.

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Revised on March 29, 2014

Some tidbits from the big four: J.M. Smucker Completes Acquisition of Rowland Coffee. Smucker will now own Café Bustelo and Café Pilon as well as Folgers. Yippee. Sara Lee in […]

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Revised on September 6, 2013

After the Harvest

by on May 15, 2011

When discussing the problems associated with commodity coffee, and why you need to pay a little more to make sure people and the environment are protected, I’ve actually had people […]

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Sara Lee and Kraft both announce increases in purchase of certified coffees: what does this mean? Sara Lee Sara Lee (Senseo, Java Coast, Douwe Egberts, etc.) recently announced a five-year […]

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Revised on March 23, 2014

30% of mainstream, corporate coffee falls under the very minimal standards of the 4C Code. Which means most of it doesn’t, and what that implies is appalling.

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Revised on March 23, 2014

News items from Kraft and Smuckers.

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Revised on August 14, 2011

Report on how much certified, sustainably-grown coffee was produced and sold worldwide in 2008, broken down by major buyer. As it turns out Starbucks buys nearly twice as much verifiable, sustainably-grown coffee than the four largest coffee buyers in the world combined.

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Revised on March 23, 2014

In light of the evidence, lauding Nestlé’s recent announcement to rid its products of deforestation seems premature.

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Revised on March 23, 2014

Nestlè strikes again

by on May 14, 2010

The Mexican government and the multinational food conglomerate Nestlè have partnered to increase the production of robusta coffee in nine of Mexico’s states.

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Revised on March 23, 2014

Coffee growing in China

by on February 19, 2010

Coffee grown in China is predominantly low-quality arabica used in instant coffee, grown in full sun using high chemical inputs, and the Chinese government is aggressively promoting the expansion of thousands of hectares of coffee production.

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Revised on March 23, 2014

Sustainable instant coffee

by on February 16, 2010

Understanding how instant coffee is manufactured will illustrate why it’s not a good option for consumers looking for coffee grown in an environmentally-friendly manner.

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Revised on September 9, 2013

Nespresso’s commitment to source 80% of its coffee from Rainforest Alliance certified farms by 2013 represents less than 1% of Nestlé’s coffee purchases.

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Revised on July 3, 2014

Recently, Dunkin’ Donuts Twittered that the majority of their coffee is shade grown. I’ve been unable to verify this.

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Revised on September 19, 2014

Getting coffee at a fast food chain is not the path to uplifting farmers, preserving the environment, or even appreciating great coffee. That being said, if I had to do it, my conclusion is that I’d feel least guilty getting a cup of coffee at McDonald’s than at other big fast food chains.

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Revised on March 23, 2014