Coffee has become a part of everyday life; without it, some of us can’t even imagine a typical morning. It is part of the obligatory ritual, in the middle of which, among the awakening morning thoughts, there is no room to explore the origin and story of our coffee. And yet, I am convinced that unanswered questions await all of us, reminiscent of a child’s discovery of the unknown: How? Why? From where?
The more I knew about coffee, the more I became interested in its path – who are the people who make it grow and thrive? What conditions do they live in? My focus was not just on the coffee itself, but I also became interested in its growers. I felt connected to them; we were joined by the same grains.
Those of you who have tried to answer these questions for yourself may have found that it is not easy to get information about the situation on plantations and the pay workers receive. The coffee community is growing, and it is vital that, as coffee lovers, we see beyond the coffee grounds after drinking a cup. I am fascinated by this flow of progress, which raises our awareness and reminds us of the bigger picture, making more and more green coffee providers today offer only coffees that they can be sure have been grown responsibly (towards the environment and the community).
What about the environmental aspect?
In addition to the responsibility to the community and society, caring for the environment is also one of the most important values. Because I am a kind of “eco freak,” caring for nature means a lot. That is why I am working with a company (supplier of unroasted coffee from South America) that emphasizes forest care. I buy Brasil Recanto coffee beans from a grower who, in addition to coffee plantations, also takes care of the forest, which is located directly next to the plantations. I am choosing growers committed not to endangering the forests essential for biodiversity and the conservation of natural habitats when planting coffee.