Honest Coffee. Roasted with Pride.
The first post in this series re-visited some of the reasons we started our journey in coffee: A desire to do things our way, help build a fairer industry and try to make a difference - our values and goals.
Ethics, Sustainability and Quality
These goals; our ethics, approach to sustainability and search for quality are all inter-connected and overlapping - we couldn’t achieve any one without the other, by running our business with integrity and adopting an honest and fair approach to the way we do things, we’re acting on them every day.
In practical terms what does this mean? The second post in this series takes a deeper dive into our ethics.
In the beginning …
Method Coffee Roasters started as a team of two, there was no ‘mission statement’ or ‘corporate manifesto’ … we just wanted to share amazing coffee, do it in a way that was fair and reward everyone involved. Basically following our principles and doing what we believed was right.
Our ethics have effectively been part of our everyday practice from the very start.
The Method Coffee Roasters team has of course grown since we started back in 2014; it’s now our collective experiences, beliefs and standards that all play a part in helping make our business a force for good.
As an employer we’ve always done everything we can to ensure our team are valued. We care about our staff; in turn, they care about our customers.
We’re environmentally aware; everything we do is instinctive - whether it’s recycling, re-using or composting. We certainly don't have all the answers but we do ask plenty of questions; this has meant adapting and changing in order to meet our goal of being a sustainable business.
We’re proud to say that we’re now a certified carbon neutral business with a road map to continually reduce our carbon footprint. More on this in the next post, which focuses more closely on sustainability …
Our approach to sourcing coffee is to be as fully informed as possible about the ‘who and how’ in our supply chains, passing this knowledge on in a transparent way. We’re committed to always having direct trade links and to personally visiting the coffee origins we buy from to make and build relationships with importers, exporters and producers.
Sourcing through direct trade links not only allows us to pay a premium well above the commodity price, it also means we have transparency and integrity in this side of the business. We’ll explore our sourcing in more detail in our post on quality.
Over time we’ve also built up relationships and partnered with organisations who are committed to improving the way the coffee industry works, here are a few examples ...
Girls Gotta Run Foundation
This Ethiopian non-profit organisation was set up to empower women and their communities; we’ve been promoting their work and donating to their projects since 2015. Learn more here.
Speciality Coffee Association
As long term members of the Speciality Coffee Association (SCA) we’re able to contribute to and benefit from the knowledge, science and education in the industry that this organisation promotes and shares.
The Stumping Project
This is a three year project that promotes productivity through a training and support program showing farmers how to rejuvenate their old coffee trees. Following one year without production the pilot scheme saw participating farmers increase their crop yield by up to 400% three years after stumping. Ethiopian farmers had been reluctant to stump older trees because of the short term loss of income, through the project they are trained and incentivised. We started our involvement with the project in 2021, over the course of the initiative we will be supporting 5 families to improve their incomes and safeguard their futures.
World Coffee Research
Since 2019 we have been members and contributors to World Coffee Research, donating a percentage of our profits to fund ongoing research and participating in projects where we can.