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Give Back Report

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Our Giveback

The CBRC Mission is about becoming a business success while also being conscious about the impact that we have on our local environment and giving back what we can to preserve its presence for the future. Since 2003 CBRC has contributed coffee, time and funding to various local watershed clean-up groups, community composting organizations, local schools and both national and worldwide non-profit organizations that can help in the education and improvement of water quality.

H20 Initiative

The H2O Initiative is a giveback program that we established to implement our pledge to help restore and protect the Chesapeake Bay Watershed through funding, education, volunteerism and enjoyment. 

Funding. CBRC is committing 1% of gross coffee sales to the program in support of organizations that protect and restore the watershed and promote the enjoyment of our unique and diverse ecosystem.

Education. From coffee blend names that reflect our commitment to watershed issues to information we share through the web, social media and events, education is a key ingredient to a healthier watershed.

Volunteerism. The Chesapeake Bay watershed needs more than money. CBRC employees and their families are encouraged to volunteer with H2O Initiative partners and other watershed-related causes and activities where they feel a personal connection.

Enjoyment. We believe the health and protection of the Chesapeake Bay watershed is directly connected to people getting outside and enjoying the environment around them. We celebrate and encourage various recreational activities across the region – because people who enjoy their environment will want to protect it and learn more about it.


CBRC has been partners with the Anne Arundel County Master Gardeners' composting program since 2015. CBRC gathers over 125 pounds of coffee chaff and grinds each week and makes monthly deliveries to Quiet Waters park in Annapolis for their Demonstrative Composting Area. The Master Gardeners are part of the University of Maryland Extension (UME) and work towards educating residents about safe, effective and sustainable horticultural practices that build healthy gardens, landscapes, and communities.

University of Maryland Extension


CBRC chose to team up with the Oyster Recovery Partnership (ORP) in 2015 with the shared goal of restoring oysters to the Chesapeake Bay. As part of our special ORP Giveback Program, a portion of the sales from CBRC Oyster Reef, Eco-Reef and Eco-Reef Decaf coffees is donated to ORP to be used towards their efforts in planting new oysters into the Chesapeake Bay. In the fall of 2019, CBRC also added burlap bag sales to the list of items donating back to ORP.

In 2019, CBRC was able to donate a total of $2,264.17 to ORP through the giveback program and event participation. 

Oyster Recovery Partnership


Over the years, CBRC has donated time and coffee services to various environmental groups, local charities and community organizations. These contributions come from product sales, event participation as well as gift basket and auction donations.


Using our limited edition Roastmaster's Reserve coffees, CBRC has been able to contribute to organizations that are making a difference in both our local communities as well as communities within the growing regions where are coffees are sourced. In 2017 CBRC donated a total of $1,205 to the Baltimore based outreach program, Paul's Place. Paul's Place is a catalyst and leader in change in Southwest Baltimore City neighborhoods and CBRC was proud to serve coffee during events and support the outreach with funds from the sales of designated retail cans.

Paul's Place



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