The best specialty grade coffees are grown at high elevations in hard to reach temperate regions. Farmers must pick coffee cherries by hand, and they visit their trees several times during harvest to ensure cherries are picked only when fully ripe. These are sensitive ecological areas, often parts of watersheds, prone to erosion. Our commitment is to coffee grown in harmony with the environment, meaning diverse coffee varieties grown within a rich biodiversity, under shade trees, actively managed using methods which are organic, conserve water and rely on very little outside inputs. This approach doesn't just benefit the environment, it promotes farmer health too. We believe you can taste the difference this commitment makes in the cup.
In our coffeehouses we offer porcelain and glassware for service in our coffeehouses and all of our take out cups and containers are compostable. Our waste streaming program has eliminated waste to a negligible amount through recycling (paper, glass, plastics, metal) and composting in each coffeehouse.
We have invested in reusable shipping containers to transport coffee and kitchen goods to our coffeehouses. We continue to research packaging, service, and cleaning products that have a higher recycled content and that are considered more environmentally responsible by Canadian environmental certifiers.
We source from local companies, whenever possible, that grow produce or manufacture products locally to reduce transportation requirements, for example, milk, cream, vegetables, beef, eggs, and honey.
We’re also pleased to offer you used coffee grounds for your garden. Coffee grounds help to make great compost, particularly when combined with leaves and grass to balance acidity. Ask for used grounds at any Bridgehead coffeehouse.