Theres a strong chance that if left unregulated our workshop coffee consumption could have serious implications and may lead to a global bean shortage!
So with quality and sustainability in mind we thought we should reach out to our favourite Glasgow roasters Dear Green to keep our workshop coffee habit going, and thankfully for the health of the planet they happily said yes!
Now with our cups full and the workshop fuel meter topped up we can keep making all this awesome campervan furniture for you guys!
We've been big fans of these guys for a long time, not only because of how incredibly good it is but also the fact that they started off just like us, with a passion to make a great product the right way.
Why Dear Green? Here's some info..
Our Sourcing Policies
You'll find all the buzz words here! Ethical. Sustainable. Traceable. Speciality. We can definitely tick all of these boxes and more. But is this quantifiable? How can we justify our sourcing? Well we can't, nobody can! But we try our hardest to be as fully informed and educated as we possibly can be and can pass this knowledge on along the supply chain with complete transparency. Not only are we committed to always having direct trade links and to personally visiting the coffee origins to form and maintain relationships with importers, exporters and producers, we also look after the other side of our supply chain by being SALSA accredited ensuring a 'food safe' and fully traceable product with the audits and record keeping to justify the hashtags! And if that third party audit isn't good enough we also proudly a certified B Corp ensuring we are held accountable for all of our business practices and giving us a framework to be even better in all we do!
Sourcing through direct trade links allows us to pay a premium above the commodity rate and allows absolute transparency and integrity in all we do. Check out our blog for information on some of our recent origin trips to find out more about how we can proudly and honestly state that we source directly, ethically, seasonally and in support of the future of coffee growing communities.
Quality and Sustainability
Dear Green only source, roast and supply 'specialty grade' coffee, this is coffee which has a minimum score of 80/100 when graded for attributes such as aroma, flavour and uniformity. By having a Q Grader in our team, licensed by the Coffee Quality Institute we know for sure that we are investing in the right beans! We know that by investing in quality we are investing in a sustainable future for coffee producers and we are confident in the sourcing choices we make for you! This is our contribution to the future. By donating to World Coffee Research annually we are able to fund programs to identify barriers to quality for producers, the effects of climate change, disease, pests and low yields. We want to help find solutions to ensure the future of coffee for us all!
Completing the Supply Chain
But it's not just about the sourcing! Roasting and brewing is also where our specialism shines! We're fortunate enough to be able to tap into the endless knowledge, science and education from the Speciality Coffee Association through being members of the Coffee Roasters Guild and Barista Guild. You can even come to our roastery to be trained by our Authorised Trainers (ASTs) to advance your own knowledge and education and be confident in our commitment to training with the most up to date research, theory and qualifications available from our international network of coffee pros! Ethical training anyone?! Get in touch or check out our classes here!
So we started off on such a tight budget that all of our equipment was second hand which we still maintain and use daily. As we've grown we have invested in the newest of equipment with energy efficiencies! Our packaging is biodegradable and if you're a wholesale customer we supply bulk coffee in reusable buckets with vacuum lids to ensure an airtight seal and absolute freshness along with a sound environmental solution. We don't have all of the answers but we ask all of the questions and have adapted our processes along our journey to find the best solutions available to us to supply with minimum carbon output.
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