The Roastery is now an exclusively organic coffee supplier
The Roastery coffee being picked at the Biodynamic farm in Camocim, Brazil
Small-batch coffee roaster, The Roastery, based in Wellingborough Northamptonshire, England has become an exclusively certified organic coffee roastery. They buy their coffee direct from a biodynamic organic estate in Camocim in Brazil to ensure they have not come into contact with any synthetic pesticides, fungicides and herbicides. Coffee is the third-most sprayed agricultural crop, behind cotton and tobacco.
The Pesticide Action Network UK reports that acute exposure to pesticides can be toxic to humans, so not only does the environment suffer, so do the farmers who are exposed to a high level of chemicals while spraying the crops. The surrounding communities are also impacted through chemical residues in the air and water. Starting the organic journey back in 2019, The Roastery’s managing director, Marcel Binley, travelled to Camocim in Brazil to visit organic coffee farms. It took 12 months of site visits and surveys for The Roastery to become organic certified. Deciding to make the move to selling only organic coffee was a pivotal move for the small coffee business as it means a significant increase in price of the crops and a dramatic decrease in the coffee they can purchase.
“Making the move to selling solely organic evidences our drive and ambition to become one of the major operators within the UK coffee industry,” said Marcel Binley. “It is an incredible achievement and shows the hard work and dedication that has gone into the production of our award-winning coffee.”
Since becoming fully organic, The Roastery has also moved to completely sustainable coffee packaging, along with becoming members of 1% for the Planet. The Roastery aims to continually strive to become as sustainable as possible as it continues to grow.