Community

Cascade Coffee’s commitment to giving back to our community is not just a philosophy—it’s our responsibility. Our unique approach to collaboration with other community advocates provides an opportunity to make an even greater positive impact locally.

We constantly seek new ways to protect our environmental resources, from the smallest initiatives of upcycling burlap bags for community gardens that stock our local food banks, to adopting state of the art pollution control technology that virtually eliminates any emissions from our manufacturing process.

As we become increasingly more aware of the fragile nature of our supply chain, we engage in efforts to address the need for social responsibility throughout the coffee industry. By adopting sustainability as a core element of our strategy, we have collectively impacted the industry through our continued advocacy.

ENVIRONMENTAL RESPONSIBILITY

Cascade Coffee has several internal programs ensuring the recyclability of incoming materials and sustainability through process controls in our plant.  We strive to minimize the landfill waste created by the roasting and packaging processes.

Furthermore, Cascade has recently installed an RTO (Radial Thermal Oxidizer) which has significantly reduced carbon emissions from the roasting process.

Additional Environmental Impact:

  • We have recycled or re-purposed over 200,000 burlap bags, eliminating 175 tons from our landfills through various foundations such as Adopt a Stream and the Master Gardeners Chapter of Snohomish County.
  • A 2016 lighting upgrade project has eliminated the use of over 340,000 KWh of electricity in our facility which would power up to 31 residential homes for 1 year.
  • Since 2015, we have recycled over 2,000 lbs. of commercial LDPE/HDPE plastics from incoming packaging raw materials.
  • At Cascade, composting coffee chaff is a daily activity.
  • We are continually working with suppliers toward ongoing development of compostable packaging and recyclable raw materials.
  • We continue to source all a minimum of 50% post-consumer recycled fibers that meet Sustainable Forestry Initiative certification.
Polar Bears at the Pont Defiance Zoo in Tacoma, play with flavoring barrels donated by Cascade Coffee.

Polar Bears at the Pont Defiance Zoo in Tacoma, play with flavoring barrels donated by Cascade Coffee.

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INDUSTRY SUSTAINABILITY

Cascade Coffee is a sustaining partner with CQI (Coffee Quality Institute) in the Partnership for Gender Equity.

In commitment to our industry and to help make our world a better place, we are proud to sponsor the Water Wise Coffee program through Techno Serve. The program educates and implements systems for coffee growers and mill processors in eliminating water way contamination from the coffee pulping process. These rivers or streams are also commonly used for drinking, washing and bathing and watering livestock. This work also educates best farming techniques and promotes the use of coffee cherry and pulp as compost for the future organic growth of coffee trees and farm development.

LOCAL IMPACT

Cascade Coffee is partnered with the Charitable Foundation of Snohomish County and has fulfilled many community and non-profit grants through the organization and continue to volunteer our time to a variety of local needs.

Members of the Cascade Coffee Giving Committee fill backpacks for kids at a Hope Creek Charitable Foundation, Back Packs for Hope event.

Members of the Cascade Coffee Giving Committee fill backpacks for kids at a Hope Creek Charitable Foundation, Back Packs for Hope event.

Food LifeLine

Since 2013, we have donated more than 80,000 pounds of coffee to Food Lifeline.  Founded in 1979, Food Lifeline is led by a board of directors that represents our community and the food industry. Food Lifeline employs a staff of around 70 people, from truck drivers to food industry specialists, who all bring a passion to stopping hunger to their work.  Food Lifeline is a proud member of the Feeding America network. This relationship allows us to bring hunger-stopping best practices, relationships with national food brands and food surpluses from sister agencies back to Western Washington.