Grounds for Change is a family owned and
operated coffee roasting business located in the Pacific Northwest
mission]. We roast our 100% Fair Trade, Organic coffee
in small batches to ensure that you receive the freshest coffee
our customers say].
All of our coffee is Fair
Trade Certified by IMO and our Organic
Certification meets the stringent Organic Processor
Standards enforced by the United States Federal Government
and the Washington State Department of Agriculture. The vast
majority of the coffee we sell is also Shade
Grown Coffee which ensures healthy habitat for
A number of community-based programs
in coffee-growing countries directly benefit from the purchase
of our coffee. For example, farmers in Peru and Mexico receive
a higher price per pound for their coffee (above and beyond the going
rate for certified coffee) to help support local domestic
violence intervention programs and small business loans for
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Grounds for Change is a sustainable
business. Below are examples of what we are doing
to achieve our goals:
- Use 100% renewable energy and off-set
all of our CO2 emissions, including those from operations,
packaging, inbound freight and outbound shipping to customers.
- Compost all of our organic waste including coffee grounds,
coffee filters and food scraps.
- Purchase and print on paper made from
100% recycled content and recycle all office paper, toner
cartridges, cardboard, glass, metal and plastic.
- Recycle all of our empty burlap coffee bags by donating
them to local organic farmers for weed suppression and erosion control.
- Recycle all of our coffee chaff, the organic by-product
of the roasting process, by giving it to local, organic
farmers to be used as a nitrogen-rich soil amendment.
- Recycle all inbound freight pallets by donating them to
a local business that rebuilds them for reuse.
- Donate well over 1% of our gross annual
sales to social and environmental organizations
as part of our membership with 1%
For The Planet.
- Work closely with organizations promoting positive change
including the Northwest Shade Coffee Campaign, Save Our
Wild Salmon, Global Partnerships, Cafe Femenino Foundation and many other local
and national non-profits.