A better future for Coffee
Coffee is the most popular drink in the world, with 2 billion cups consumed each day. The UK accounts for around 55 million of these. There really is nothing like that first sip of a smooth flat white in the morning, itching a scratch that even the longest of sticks can’t reach. Its no wonder that the coffee culture has quietly been growing and evolving in the UK over the past few years. Where so many of us used to have to resort to a ‘coffee’ from one of the high street chains, we can now get our fill from specialty and artisan roasters, who pride themselves on quality and skill - not to mention beautiful taste.
However coffee is, to many, not just a drink. Its their life. If we knew how many people had worked on the Double Espresso you’re holding, then we might think twice about where we stop to spend our dimes. Especially when one learns more about the environment and treatment that so many coffee farmers are subject to.
For Peardrop, the source of all our products and ingredients is beyond important. Thats why we found Ozone Coffee to be a perfect fit for us. They believe in trading with integrity, asking the hard questions, minimising waste, conserving, and respecting people and processes. One of the fantastic examples of this is Ozone’s work with the Long Miles Coffee Project in Burundi. Recently ranked as one of the poorest nations in the world, few associate coffee with Burundi. But the country is rich in produce and coffee makes up 70% of its GDP. The Long Miles Coffee Project was started by a wonderful American couple who made it their mission to facilitate direct and meaningful relationships between coffee roasters and coffee growers, by producing superlative coffee whilst telling the story of the farmers who grow it.
The project proves that in order to get quality, one doesn’t have to forgo ethics and well-being. Quality and excellence does not have to come at the price of anything else. To them, its not about producing that short term caffeine hit for the global market, but about sustaining long term relationships, crafting quality products through implementing sustainable and forward thinking processes. Not enough people actually listen to the needs of those that they work with. As coffee is such a huge market it becomes even more important to place the people who produce it at the front of our mind. Thats why Ozone and the work that the Long Miles Coffee Project do is so phenomenal. They foster a transparent and personal connection across the entire supply chain - from individual farmers to roasters who showcase the uniqueness of Burundi’s coffee.
We can all learn that integrity, quality and well being do not have to be separate ingredients. By working together to listen and evolve and create, we can build a better future for the world of coffee.