We are committed to supporting transparent and ethical practices for coffee-growing communities, right from the crop to the cup. Ultimately, we want to ensure that our farmers work in safe conditions, receive a fair price for their crop, and that their families and communities have the support they need.
We have developed meaningful, long-term relationships with our farmers and coffee cooperatives, and we visit them regularly. This enables us to continue to source the best coffee, as well as address the needs of our stakeholders, encourage best practice, knowledge sharing and advocate transparency.
Smokin’ Bean has three key values. We are, and always will be:
We source our coffee beans solely through Fairtrade cooperatives. The current blend we are using is from Mexico and Peru. The codes on the labels of our Smokin’ Bean coffee ensure we can track every pack of coffee right back to individual small holder who grew the crop.
Smokin’ Bean is triple certified. It has three official accreditations that demonstrate that our coffee is working to the best international standards. We are Fairtrade, Rainforest Alliance and Organic certified.
The Fairtrade Mark is widely recognised around the world as a stamp of ethical practice. It is a guarantee that suppliers have received a price that exceeds the cost of production.
The Rainforest Alliance is an official seal of approval that demonstrates that the coffee farms have been audited and meet the required environmental, social and economic sustainability standards.
Organic means no unnecessary chemicals or pesticides have been used on the crops.
At Smokin’ Bean our impact on the environment is considered at every step of the coffee journey. We’ve already heard all about the certifications our coffee has, as well as our work with cooperatives and small holders, but we also ensure that the materials we use in production are sustainably sourced and that our waste is reused or recycled.
What do carpets and coffee have in common? Well, more than you might think! After the green coffee is shipped to us in hessian sacks, we make sure each sack is recycled into a bag for life or the lining for carpets!
Any polythene or card packaging is sent away to be recycled and any green coffee that is dropped or unused, gets put into an anaerobic digester. Anaerobic digestion is a process where organic matter is broken down and transformed into biogas, which can be used to generate energy. Similarly, any coffee husks or chaff we encounter during the roasting process is compressed and turned into Biofuel briquettes. Nothing is wasted!
Finally, our takeaway cups are not your typical cup! Our BioWareTM cups are 100% compostable. This means they have been made from renewable materials that break down naturally within 12 weeks*. We also sell Smokin’ Bean branded KeepCups to encourage even less wastage!
*In certified composting facilities