Since the beginning, we’ve sourced 100% organic coffee from the most bio-diverse family farms in Central & South America, Sub-Saharan Africa, and South-East Asia. Conventionally grown coffee is one of the most chemically treated food crops on earth. These chemicals are a triple threat: harmful to the environment, to the farmers who apply them and coffee-drinkers who consume them. In contrast, we work with coffee growers around the world who use innovative organic farming methods that focus on sustainable agriculture and maintaining the diversity of nature. Our coffees are certified organic through CCOF.
Roasting is one part art, one part science and 100% craft. For each coffee sample, our Roastmaster carefully considers a multitude of variables including altitude, density, soil, harvest season and temperature. Next, he dreams up unique roast recipes that highlight each coffee's inherent bouquet of flavors. Roasting experiments, brew method madness and countless tastings ensue until each recipe has been perfected. Then we package and label our coffee by hand. One-by-one. Roasting can also be highly energy intensive. That’s why we love our Loring Smart Roast, our smokeless roaster that reduces energy use by 85%.
As lovers of coffee and haters of waste, we began packaging our coffee in reusable steel cans in 1998. In 2001 we took our commitment to minimal packaging one step further and rolled out our popular can refill program. The program prevents 16,800 paper bags from ending up at landfills annually. Here’s how it works:
Step 1: Buy a new can of coffee. Brew at home and enjoy.
Step 2. Refill your can at our coffee bar or participating markets. Receive $1 for being a good environmental steward.
Step 3. Go home happy.