Blossom Coffee Roasters in Manchester hopes to ignite conversations around environmentalism with its carbon neutral and ‘B Corp Pending’ approach to sustainable and ethical coffee.
The start-up, which will be selling its coffee to the public online and supplying local businesses, was set up up by founders Andy Farrington and Josh Clark with the aim of lifting speciality coffee outside of its “niche bubble” and empowering people to protect the environment.
The company is already certified carbon neutral; an electric Nissan e-NV200 van is used for deliveries and the roastery is powered with 100 per cent renewable energy and energy efficient technology. The small carbon footprint that remains is then neutralised through purchasing carbon credits to help fund projects that deliver emission reductions and sustainable development.
In addition, all packaging is fully recyclable and the coffee grounds from the roasting process will be turned into an organic compost by local farms and allotments. The company has also launched a partnership with City of Trees in Manchester to donate a percentage of the profits from each bag of their house expresso sold to planting new trees in the city.
B Corp certification
As a ‘B Corp Pending’ business, Blossom is one of a growing number of businesses that balance purpose and profit through a legal requirement to consider the impact of their decisions on both people and the planet.
“Receiving our B Corp Pending status was an incredibly proud moment for us,” Andy explained. “It’s a way to learn from others in the community to ensure we are constantly innovating and learning. It’s about never resting on our laurels and growing the business in the right way.”
Moving forward into the future, the company’s end goal is to be able to trace the carbon footprint of its product across its entire production chain, ‘from crop to cup’.
Posted under General Interest and Food and Drink on 24 June 2020