Since 2018, River Coffee has been sourcing, roasting and supplying differently, making a positive social and environmental impact. Working directly with coffee producers and communities, whilst considering our impact throughout our supply chain, we have initiated projects to reduce emissions and enhance transparency. As River Coffee develops and grows we strive to broaden our Projects, keeping up to date with the ever changing and fast moving business environment. Please read more about our projects below.
Our journey starts in coffee producing countries, with the business plan for 'River Coffee' being created on a farm in Costa Rica. Sourcing coffee lies at the heart of our business. We believe that relationships with coffee producers are essential as we would not be here without suppliers. We only buy speciality graded coffee, paying higher percentages than Fairtrade and other NGO's can offer. Through relationships we've developed in coffee producing countries we can ensure the premiums we pay for coffee go directly to the producers who grew it. We stay constantly connected with coffee producers we work with, collaborating on upcoming coffee selections.
Roasted coffee needs to be packaged correctly to stay within optimal freshness. But with the rates some wholesale partners use coffee we looked to find a solution to cut out packaging waste without sacrificing quality. We launched our re-usable 2 kilogram tub programme and so far have saved over 40,000 units of bag packaging going into landfill.
It’s time to say bye to single use plastics, non recyclable materials and as businesses and individuals lead a way for change. We spent time researching materials and settled with a plant based starch and recycled paper which is certified home compostable.
During lockdown in April 2020 we teamed up with local illustrator, Matt Canning. We wanted to create a lifestyle illustration elaborating on our current icon logo. The illustration incorporates key aspects of coffee production. Land, Water, Altitude and Sunlight all brought together by the amazing coffee producers whom we work closely with. After sharing some ideas we decided on a full bag print showcasing the illustration using 8 shades of blue.
Despite our consideration to the impact of our business, we believe we can always strive to contribute to greener environment. We teamed up with a local company called 'C-Free' and joined their tree planting programme. The founders of C-Free, Eddie and Adam, were at primary school with Will. We're currently conducting a full carbon assessment so that we can offset our carbon production in projects at origin.