February 8th, 2012 by Peggy Farabaugh
Shannon is always whipping us into shape here at Vermont Woods Studios Fine Furniture. In the few months she's been here, she's made several suggestions to help us get greener. For example… do you use paper towels or hand dryers in your restroom? Neither is all that green…so Shannon got Ken to go out and purchase cotton hand towels for each person in the office (color coded, of course). She even has Douglas buying organic half and half for his coffee… who knew?
And now we have organic, shade-grown, bird-friendly coffee in our break room. I had written in January about the importance of buying shade-grown, bird-friendly coffee (we learned this from our friend Roz Renfrew over at the Vermont Center for EcoStudies). Unfortunately we've gotten spolied with our K-cup coffee brewer though and I was feeling bad that I couldn't find K-cups with bird friendly coffee. But Shannon came through as usual and found a company called San Francisco Bay Coffee, whose:
100% Arabica coffee is shade-grown on high altitude farms over 3000 feet elevation. These farms employ a bio-diverse natural cover of shade trees to develop the beans slowly – and give them more character and depth compared to full-sun, "monoculture" coffee farms. This shade grown farming also provides habitat to animals and birds and helps restore the ecosystems including local water supplies. We are committed to organic farming as well, and we’ve perfected innovative techniques to turn coffee pulp waste into organic fertilizer using vermiculture (worm composting)! We’re spreading that technology to organic farms (and even non-organic ones) throughout the world.
I'm happy to report that the coffee tastes great! I did take a picture of Shannon drinking a cup but she deleted it and sent this one over instead. Everyone around here is so camera shy.