April 16, 2019
By: Kevin Kehus, General Manager at CBRC
Together with our coffee importer representatives from Intercontinental Coffee Trading, I was able to spend a week in March visiting coffee producer groups in the center of Honduras. We saw and experienced the coffee processing steps at work... wet and dry mill processing, sorting, hulling and cupping for quality control and grading. The trip was a testimony of all that coffee CAN do to benefit developing countries and farming communities through Fair Trade and Organic certified business arrangements. At the Chesapeake Bay Roasting Company we believe that our best coffees are those that support cooperatives, provide fair values for the specialty grade green coffees they produce, and do so in ways that do not damage our planet.
Most of the coffee beans purchased by the Chesapeake Bay Roasting Company are certified Fair Trade and Organic. The premiums we pay for these certifications help producer groups to guarantee stronger financial security for coffee workers and their families and help farms become ecologically sound.
We visited a school that was built from Fair Trade premiums paid over the last 20 years (and which allow producer family children to attend the school), a locally built soil analysis lab which helps farmers add the correct micronutrients on their fields, organic reprocessing and recycling plants that provide fertilizing materials that are organic and help grow high-quality coffees.
Our employees and customers should feel proud that the coffee we buy from Honduras is helping to improve the lives of everyone through the chain.
Smithsonian Migratory Center Bird Friendly Certified Coffee
In 2017 CBRC decided to take the mission of environmental stewardship one step further. We began purchasing coffees that are grown in production zones that include multi-canopied tree coverage and provide zones for migratory birds to pass through or stay in their for the winter. These coffees cost a bit more because the premiums we pay for the Bird Friendly certification are directly passed along to the individual farmers who to encourage their forest production and maintain their forest growing areas. We visited the certified forest growing areas ... environments that enable both economic activity and wildlife to coexist. This year we are proud to say that our new Honduras Bird Friendly coffees will join the CBRC Guatemalan coffees on the supermarket shelves and online by May 1st.
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