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Published on March 3rd, 2016 | by Guest Contributor


Help Fund Sustainable Coffee with Tiny Footprint Coffee

Copy of Tiny_Footprint_LogoWe are really big fans of Tiny Footprint Coffee, a totally organic, totally carbon-neutral sustainable coffee company that also happens to be some of the best coffee ever. We have purchased from them for years, and last year they helped us out with our Sustainability Unconference by donating their conscious brew to our event. So today we’re repaying the favor and letting you know about their cool Kickstarter campaign to help support sustainable coffee in the Ecuadorian cloudforest.

{Learn more about how coffee is grown and produced here on Eat Drink Better}

Here is some more information about this great project from Tiny Footprint Coffee:

Tiny Footprint Coffee has recently launced an Indiegogo campaign to fund the build-out of a sustainable coffee farm in the Ecuadorian cloud forest. The farm, Tambo Quinde, is a member of a small-scale, local growers association and situated 6,000 feet above sea level, an ideal altitude to grow the most delicious coffee beans.

This year and in future years Tiny Footprint will purchase the best of Tambo Quinde’s harvests and most likely coffees from other growers in the association.

The funds raised in the Kickstarter campaign will fund the construction of a micro wet mill and drying beds in order to guarantee full control over every stage of coffee production.  It will also help build a sustainable coffee shop in the Ecuadorian cloudforest to let the local community share in the harvest. The biggest priority is adding 30,000 square meters of new trees that will provide the habitat for countless birds, mammals and amphibians that call this area home.

Golden Tanager

A Golden Tanager in the cloudforest.

To inspire you to open your wallet, the company is offering some great prizes including bags of coffee (of course!), t-shirts, verified carbon standard offset certificates, roastery tours, coffee tastings, barista classes, trips to Ecuador to visit Tambo Quinde, and much more.

To learn more about the Ecuadorian cloudforest and the coffee project, check out Cloud Forest Coffee Farms or Tiny Footprint.

Tiny Footprint coffee is the world’s first carbon negative coffee. Through collaborations with Roastery 7, the Mindo Cloudforest Foundation, an Artisan coffee roastery and nonprofit conservation organizations, the company has built the brand with the ultimate combination of good karma.

But what makes coffee carbon negative? It takes 4 lbs of CO2 to produce and distribute 1 lb of our coffee. For every pound that’s sold, we donate a portion of the proceeds to fund reforestation in Ecuador’s Mindo cloud forest. Over time, these trees will remove 54 lbs of CO2 from the atmosphere, leading to more CO2 removed than emitted. Yay. This is how business should be done!

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