A sustainable approach to business

The speciality coffee industry is not alone in facing a precarious road ahead. Now more than ever, we all have an essential role to play in protecting the things we love. For us, this means inspiring more people to fall in love with speciality coffee and encouraging them to be part of a movement that helps to protect it for future generations.

Our approach to achieving this is twofold. First and foremost is our commitment to transparent sourcing, as we believe sustainability in our industry begins with financial security for producers. Second is our focus on the environmental impact of our own operations here in the UK, which we continually evaluate and strive to minimise.

Below are details of the accreditations and projects we have undertaken behind the scenes at Blossom that demonstrate our commitment to a sustainable future. For a more detailed breakdown, read our annual Environmental Impact Report:

Environmental Impact Report 2021

Environmental Impact Report 2020

CarbonNeutral® Company

Our ambition is to have as little impact on the environment as we possibly can. From our electric delivery van to the 100% renewable energy used at the roastery, we are always striving to implement ways of working that can help us make informed decisions about the impact we are having on the planet. A more detailed breakdown of these initiatives can be found in our most recent Environmental Impact Report.

Unfortunately, the nature of our supply chain means that currently we are responsible for certain unavoidable emissions across our operations as well. Whilst continuing to research alternative processes for the future, we neutralise our remaining footprint by working with the leading experts on carbon neutrality and climate finance, Natural Capital Partners, becoming a certified a CarbonNeutral® company to the standards of the Carbon Neutral Protocol.

By purchasing carbon credits (offsets), our money helps fund projects that deliver immediate emission reductions through sustainable development projects.

1% For The Planet

“The intent of 1% for the Planet is to help fund these diverse environmental organisations so that collectively they can be a more powerful source in solving the world’s problems.”

Yvon Chouinard in his book, ‘Let My People Go Surfing’

We are proud members of 1% for the planet, donating 1% of our sales to environmental nonprofits.

That means every time someone buys our coffee, we invest 1% of their purchase in organisations working hard to make the world a more resilient and sustainable place.


The Pledge: Transparent Sourcing

We feel a responsibility to work in a way which ensures financial stability for the producers with whom we work, as it is only by increasing sustainability throughout the value chain that we believe speciality coffee production can be secured. We see transparency as absolutely central to this.

By publishing our data and openly communicating how much is being paid for our coffees, we hope to be part of a movement which normalises prioritising living incomes for producers and increases awareness for consumers, while in doing so distinguishing ourselves from those that use ‘transparency’ only as a marketing tool.

In signing The Pledge, we are part of a group of like-minded roasters and coffee buyers globally that are agreeing to share a fixed set of variables when reporting on green coffee purchases. Together, we aim to create a common standard for transparency reporting that is applicable throughout our whole industry.

Blossom Espresso x City of Trees

With an ever-increasing number of us choosing to live in urban areas, our dependency on trees and green spaces within our cities for physical and mental wellbeing has never been greater.

Urban trees and woodlands also help to lock up carbon, filter air pollution, reduce flood risk and provide essential habitats for wildlife. They are nature’s ace card.

We have partnered up with Manchester City of Trees, a local charity who aim to re-invigorate the city’s landscape by transforming underused, unloved woodland and planting a tree for every man, woman and child who lives there, within the next 30 years. ⁠

For every retail bag of our Blossom Espresso we sell we donate a percentage of the profits to City of Trees (£1 per kilo). That means, with your help, every 40 bags of coffee we sell will fund the planting of a new tree here in the city.

You can find more information about City of Trees and how to get involved here.

World Coffee Research

World Coffee Research are an organisation that is on a mission to safeguard the future of coffee through collaborative scientific research with the potential to dramatically improve coffee productivity, coffee quality, climate resilience, and farmer livelihoods.

We have supported WCR since our very first day of trading but 2021 saw us step up our efforts by moving away from the ‘checkoff programme’, in which we donated per coffee we purchased, to a fixed rate $500 annual membership. This means less time spent on admin for WCR and more money going directly to research programmes.

Our Packaging

All of our coffee bags are certified carbon neutral by the supplier and are made from 100% recyclable plastic with an aluminium-free barrier. This last part means that once you’re finished with the coffee, it can simply be put in any standard domestic plastic recycling.

The labels are printed locally on Forest Stewardship Council (FSC®) certified paper using vegetable-based inks that are much kinder to the planet.

Our mailing boxes are all made with a minimum of 75% recycled materials and are 100% recyclable to the end user (or reuse them at home). We use kraft paper parcel tape that is made from sustainably produced paper and is 100% recyclable and our packing tissue paper is made from sustainable forest sources and is 100% recyclable and compostable.

Lee Fuller, WordPress Development, UK