How Do You Take Your Coffee? Crop to Cup will change that.

{Crop to Cup, a delicious, ethical-foodie addition to my mornings. Mug courtesy of my Auntie Julie for my 21st birthday last year via Emma Bridgewater. So lovely, so British.}

Based in Brooklyn, and started by a Gallatin school alum (woot woot!), Crop to Cup has redefined the notion of “local” in the NYC coffee world. On the Crop to Cup website, you can literally trace your cup back to the original farm from which it came. I recently had a bag of the Burundi “Buho.” I’m definitely not a coffee connoisseur, but this cup was certainly delicious. It was smooth, rich, and warm, perfect for winter mornings. Click on “Trace your cup” and you’re redirected to a page with all the specs of your bean: description of the local farm economy, climate, soil, elevation, harvest time, import station, etc. For the Burundi cup, there’s even a google map image of the exact farm! So cool!

Crop to Cup buys its beans from the Burundi farmers through a program called Whole Crop. Here’s what Crop to Cup has to say about the program via their blog:

On our end, we’ve agreed to be long term partners – we plan on spending considerable time at Buhorwa to understand the challenges the farmers face, and we plan on buying considerable volumes of coffee from this community of roughly 600 family farmers both this year and in the years to come.

The goal: improve overall processes including lot separation and transparency, increase quality and the percentage of high quality coffee as a portion of the entire harvest, and assist farmers in receiving sustainable, fair payments for their entire community’s product. To achieve this on a community-wide scale, we have made a pledge to build sustainable markets not only for each year’s top lots (which essentially sell themselves), but also for the lower grades that this station – like every coffee community – will inevitably produce and which farmers must often sell to local traders at below-cost prices.

So in buying Crop to Cup coffee, not only are you supporting a small, local business here in NYC, you’re also guaranteeing that a local coffee farmer has been paid top price for their beans. Sounds like a great idea to me.


One Comment on “How Do You Take Your Coffee? Crop to Cup will change that.”

  1. […] tea, and pulled out my bag of Counter Culture Jagong coffee (arguably my new favorite, although Crop To Cup’s Burundi is still up […]

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