Our Responsibility

COFFEE BUYING

We believe coffee producers should receive the best prices for high quality coffee. Our relationships with coffee producers, exporters, and importers are very important to us. We aim to honour the producers by telling the story of their coffees. You can read the stories of our current offerings on Our Coffees page.

 

ORGANIC

Three out of four of our blends are organic. These three blends and our roasting facilities are certified organic by the Fraser Valley Organic Producers Association (FVOPA).

 

SWISS WATER® DECAF

Our decaf beans are processed by Vancouver’s own Swiss Water Decaffeinated Coffee Company. While other decaffeination processes use chemicals such as benzene or dichloromethane to remove caffeine, the Swiss Water® Process is 100% chemical-free.

OUR FOOTPRINT

We are committed to being an environmentally friendly coffee roaster.

For example, in 2009 we completely redesigned our Vancouver roasting facility for optimum emissions control. To eliminate smoke, our roaster has its own individual emissions control unit, which converts the smoke into thermal energy. We also also use a computerized control system which we developed in partnership with an emissions control manufacturer. This system controls our afterburner so the level of activity matches the quantity of smoke produced by the roaster. This means our emissions control system uses no more energy than it requires for its task. Since these changes, we have reduced our thermal energy output by roughly 30%

 

OVER + ABOVE

Over-&-Above-LogoThe coffee we enjoy would not exist without the hard work of the farmers who grow it. These farmers, who produce the best coffee in the world, also happen to live in some of the poorest areas of the world. While we are committed to always paying those farmers a good price for their coffee, we feel that there a lot more we can do to make a positive difference in the coffee growing countries—over and above our basic responsibility as coffee roasters. That is why we created the Over + Above initiative.

PROJECTS WE CONTRIBUTED TO IN 2015

$12,798 to the Canadian Red Cross Nepal Region Earthquake Fund: $2,500 from JJ, $3,899 from our customers and staff—all matched by the federal government

$11,713 to the Canadian Red Cross Refugee Crisis Appeal: $2,500 from JJ, $3,356 from our customers and staff—all matched by the federal government

$5,000 to Canadian Harambee Education Society (CHES): CHES aims to improve the quality of life of women and their communities in Kenya and Tanzania by providing secondary education scholarships for bright girls with no means of paying secondary school fees.

$5,000 to Vancouver Heritage Foundation: Vancouver Heritage Foundation is a registered charity supporting the conservation of heritage buildings and structures in recognition of their contribution to the city’s economy, sustainability and culture.

$4,00 annual donation to Grounds for Health: Grounds for Health mission is an international non-profit organization, born out of and with enduring ties to the coffee industry and focused on increasing coverage of cervical cancer prevention services.

$2,500 to Mission Possible: Mission Possible is a non-profit organization in Vancouver, British Columbia providing opportunities for people challenged by homelessness and poverty.

$750 to Greater Vancouver Food Bank: The Greater Vancouver Food Bank aims to empower people to nourish themselves by providing access to healthy food, education, and training. We made this donation on behalf of our wholesale customers for Christmas 2015.

$750 to Vancouver Tweed Ride (The Vancouver Club): The Vancouver Tweed Ride is a group bicycle ride through the centre of Vancouver in which cyclists dress in traditional British Cycling attire, particularly tweed. The event supports Power To Be Adventure Therapy Society.

 

COMMUNITY INITIATIVES

We also donate coffee and/or barista volunteers to various events within our community. Here are some of the organizations/events we supported in 2015 (in alphabetical order):

55+ BC Games, Canadian Harambee Education Society Golf Tournament, First United Church, Gastown Yule Duel, Mission Possible, Quest Food Exchange, Reel 2 Real International Film Festival, SeaWheeze Marathon, SFU Vancouver Frosh Week, Union Gospel Mission, Vancouver Heritage Foundation, Vancouver Tweed Ride, Woodward’s Annual Pancake Breakfast, Worship Central Conference

 

PARTNERS

JJ Bean annually supports DOXA Documentary Film Festival and PuSh International Performing Arts Festival. Both festival official programmes can be picked up at any JJ Bean location during circulation time.

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