Higher Grounds is one of 23 North American roasters who collectively own Cooperative Coffees, our green coffee importer. The original version of this post originally appeared on Cooperative Coffees' blog and was written by CC's Sustainability Director, Monika Firl. It has been edited for clarity. // In February 2017, Cooperative...
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Sustainability, Part 4: We need to collaborate towards sustainability and development at the same time.
A circular economic model is the vehicle required for change within the specialty coffee industry. When we operate along a continuous circle across our supply chain, we can build wealth and expertise alongside coffee farmers, rather than in spite of them.
Current leading trends in specialty coffee primarily tie company resources to increasing coffee farm production and quality through capacity building and agricultural inputs. While production and quality investments at coffee origin are necessary components to any "sustainable" trading model in the coffee industry, increasing agricultural support (under the guise of combating climate change) fall grossly short from anything even close to what our coffee-growing friends would call "sustainable."