Millcreek Coffee Roasters is conscious of the impact we have on the environment. We try to make the best decisions possible in all aspects of our business, from purchasing environmentally responsible coffee beans to recycling in our café locations to supporting alternative energy sources. We are continually making improvements to reduce our carbon footprint and will always strive to do more.
We carry a number of certified organic coffees, which are grown without the use of man-made fertilizers, pesticides, or herbicides of any kind. Only coffee that has been certified organic by an independent organization may be labeled as such. But, unfortunately a complex and expensive system of certification must be passed before coffee can be sold as truly organic. This expense leaves out many smaller farms that cannot afford the certification, but nonetheless practice sustainable growing methods with barely any use of chemical fertilizers. We purchase many great coffees that fall into this category. Ultimately, we choose to buy the best coffee from growers who use environmentally sound practices.
Water is required throughout the entire process of coffee’s growth and production. We select our beans from growers who use sustainable water practices, including installing wastewater treatment systems in coffee processing plants and reducing the amount of water required for processing by altering drying methods and pulp removal and disposal. Wastewater from coffee processing may also be used as biogas, which generates electric power. Additionally, the coffee pulp and other byproducts are used as fertilizer on the coffee plantations themselves, and growers can sell this natural fertilizer to other local farms.
As a Visionary Member of the Rocky Mountain Power’s Blue Sky Program, Millcreek Coffee Roasters purchases 100% of our total energy usage in wind power. We hope our participation will help grow the renewable energy supply and we encourage others to do the same. The renewable energy we purchase has the environmental benefit of avoiding generation of 73,100 pounds of CO2, taking 6.25 cars off the road for a year, not driving 74,131 miles, or planting 3,151 trees.