Coffee-Eco by 918 Coffee Co. & The Green Earth Appeal
918 Coffee Co. take pride in their commitment to the environment and their growers. Whilst 918 Coffee Co. are Fairtrade and Rainforest Alliance Certified; they felt not enough was being done once coffee left their warehouses. That’s why they developed Eco Roast Technology – a carbon reducing, zero waste process to completely reduce the impact that coffee consumption has on the environment.
As part of their commitment to the environment 918 Coffee Co. have committed to planting and initial 10 fruit trees for every new customer. These trees, planted in the developing world will not only provide ten tonnes of carbon sequestration but will also help to provide some of the planets poorest communities with an opportunity of a sustainable life for them and generations to come.
Working within a network across Africa, Asia and South America, The Green Earth Appeal help to provide “exit strategy aid”. This follows a simple but proven process – Education, Infrastructure, Trees, Sustainability.
Smallholder farmers are taught through workshops about the benefits of Agroforestry, a system which combines agriculture and forestry technologies to create a more integrated, diverse, productive, profitable, healthy, and sustainable land-use system that is especially beneficial to the small-scale farm. Part of this process identifies which species of trees will best suit the individual farmers.
Central nurseries are built for all the local participating farmers. The tools and appropriate seeds are given to the communities for them to begin the life-transforming work.
Saplings are transferred from the nurseries to the “forest gardens” using the Agroforestry methodology. This can be anything up to 4000 trees for each farmer, consisting of 20 varieties of trees.
Over a period of around 4 years, the farmers will continue to receive education and assistance with their “forest garden”, by which time their lives will have changed beyond recognition from when the journey began. Once they are empowered and have achieved sustainability they can continue their lives without the need for handouts and aid.
The Green Earth Appeal are only able to provide these life-changing opportunities thanks to partners like 918 Coffee Co. & Coffee-Eco.