We believe that the supply chain doesn't need to be opaque. We believe workers deserve a living wage, globally. We believe that companies can and should do the right thing without a purely financial incentive. As such, we've decided to publish not only the per pound price that we pay for coffee, but also all the other costs we encounter along the way.
For reference, the commodity price of coffee is generally at or under $1 per pound. Up-to-the-minute pricing can be found here.
|Coffee Name - Region, Origin Country||Green Price / lb. (what we paid)|
|Spirit Mountain Washed Select - Dom. Rep.||$5.10|
|Spirit Mountain Natural - Dom. Rep.||$6.40|
|Iyula AB - Songwe, Tanzania||$4.11|
|Sambewe AB - Songwe, Tanzania||$3.73|
|Abejas Honey - Tarrazu, Costa Rica||$5.06|
Beautiful D - Jerico, Colombia
|Production Step||Cost Per Pound Produced|
|Transportation (not including shipping costs)||$0.23|
|Water Weight Loss (due to roasting)||$0.65|
The Biotre 2.0 inserts that we use are 60% biodegradable by weight - what does that really mean? After the removal of the tin tie and degassing valve, what remains is a paper bag with a plastic inner lining made from 100% renewable plant materials. The outer lining makes up the 60% component and is 100% compostable and biodegradable. The inner lining, which provides a moisture barrier and allows heat sealing, contains an additive that speeds up the degradation process fairly significantly from roughly 1000 years to 5-10 years, according to the manufacturer.
If you plan on composting our bags at home, remove the degassing valve and tin tie, and proceed as normal. When the process is complete, be sure to remove the un-degraded inner lining and place in the trash. It will break down in the landfill much faster than everything else.