Sustainable Coffee

What is Sustainability?

Simply stated, it is the ability to maintain or support a process continuously over time. 

Chasing arrows around coffee bean

More specifically, it is the idea that WE must interact with the world in ways that cause little or no damage to it, and ensure enough resources will remain for future generations to thrive.

Sustainability - Our Impact on the World

There are three equally important, interdependent “legs” of sustainability:

Environmental, Economic, and Social

Sustainability Venn Diagram

Without any one leg – the stool of sustainability will not stand.

Sustainability stool
Sustainability stool with broken leg

At Java Central we believe that we have a responsibility to interact with our world and our community in ways that cause as little negative impact as possible.

We are working hard to contribute to the sustainability of our world through coffee.

Here's How:

Advocating for our Producer Partners

We work directly with our coffee suppliers internationally to ensure that our investment in their business has the greatest impact possible. Each relationship focuses on a sustainability initiative that is meaningful to producers and their communities.

We partner with producers who are actively working to improve the economic, social and environmental inequities in their communities. We also create spaces that amplify these needs and efforts of our partners around the globe.

Don Eli Farm
Costa Rica

Café Tio Conejo

Finca el Apiario

Mighty Peace Coffee
Congo (DRC)

Coffee Blossom Honey

Purchasing this delicious Coffee Blossom Honey from our Farming Partners at Finca El Apiario in Guatemala provides them with an additional source of revenue.

Price fluctuations in the coffee market often leave farmers with less than enough to cover their expenses.
Income Diversification contributes to their economic sustainability.

Java History - Sustainable Coffee Challenge logo

Sustainable Coffee Challenge

The coffee we drink depends on the health, prosperity and well-being of 25 million coffee producers, 10 million hectares of coffee farms, and the continued ability of nature to sustain them.

Global production of coffee has been rapidly deteriorating year after year. At the current rate, coffee agriculture will cease to be viable in our lifetime.

Java Central is proud to join the Sustainable Coffee Challenge. Together with our colleagues around the world, we have pledged to invest in the sustainability of our supply chain. We will be working to achieve specific goals that improve the wellbeing of our producer partners. To learn more about this initiative and the companies involved, visit the SCC website.

Supply Chain Cost Transparency

Java Central works to verify the operation costs involved in the supply chains we participate in. The global coffee supply chains are complicated systems that involve multiple processes, organizations, and individuals.

Within supply chains, costs are often not publicly available, allowing for economic inequity to exist – usually where the producer is the least advantaged and most negatively impacted.

These inequities are the driving factors that create economic injustices, poverty, hunger, malnutrition, child labor and many other serious challenges. By verifying the costs of our supply chain and creating transparency we can ensure that the least advantaged members of our industry are paid fair wages and can sustain their businesses, families, and communities.

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Carbon Footprint Analysis

Agricultural systems around the world are one of the greatest carbon emitting industries. Businesses have an important responsibility in addressing their role in the climate crisis.

Java Central is studying the emissions we generate in the course of our daily business, and actively making changes to our practices in order to reduce these emissions in the following areas: landfill waste, recyclables, food waste, and water and energy usage.

A full report of our progress can be seen here. (coming soon!)

Utilizing Upcycled Products

Cascara is the dried coffee fruit removed from the seed (bean) during processing. By brewing and infusing cascara into delicious craft beverages, not only is Java Central upcycling a byproduct of the green coffee we have purchased for roasting. We are also able to provide one of our producer partners – Don Elí Farm – with an additional revenue stream.

We currently utilize and contribute to a number of upcycled products including the following:

  • Cascara for craft beverages
  • Coffee Flowers for herbal tea concoctions
  • Coffee Grounds for local artisan soaps by Notions & Potions

Upcycling is the reuse of discarded objects or material in a way that creates a product of higher quality or value than the original. Upcycling reduces the amount of materials and products ending up in a landfill while minimizing the use of natural resources and raw materials.

Public Outreach

Java Central has committed to increasing awareness of sustainability in our local community. We participate in a number of community organizations that are aligned with this mission, such as:

Along with local education, owner Andy Piper has developed an international training initiative called Cafequity. Cafequity is a web of projects with the shared mission of creating greater sustainability in coffee supply chains through a variety of communication and experiential education.

This includes a documentary, film making, video, audio, photo, written records and work education projects directly with coffee producers and other supply chain partners to generate greater value for the products and services they offer.