Sustainable Harvest Coffee Importers

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Sustainable Harvest Coffee Importers is known for their organic, fair-trade, high quality coffee from the most excellent producers around the world. In addition to their genuine dedication to importing sustainable coffee, they also employ an innovative ‘Relationship Coffee Model’, invest a portion of their profits into farmer development and training, and host an annual, non-profit, 3-day training event called ‘Let’s Talk Coffee’. 

Sustainable Harvest

Sustainable Harvest Coffee Importers, a major volume importer of fair-trade, organic coffee in North America, bring a different kind of conscious business model to the table. Instead of simply importing sustainable coffee from around the world and taking their profits to the bank, they invest in the overall health of the specialty coffee industry, support their farmers and roasters, and use innovative technologies to make sure that farmers and roasters are communicating, learning, and developing transparent, long-term relationships that aid in the health of the sustainable coffee market. Sustainable Harvest not only offers a sustainable product, but they create equality and sustainability in the lives of coffee farmers around the globe.

Founded in 1997, Sustainable Harvest is headquartered in Portland, Oregon and has supply-side divisions with training and support staff in Mexico, Peru, and Tanzania. With a network of  over 200,000 coffee farmers in Central and South America, Mexico, and east Africa, along with specialty coffee roasters in Europe and North America, Sustainable Harvest is changing the face of the coffee industry.  Founder and President David Griswold is the pioneer of the revolutionary ‘Relationship Coffee’ business model, and former President of the Specialty Coffee Association of America. 

True Sustainability: Relationship Coffee Model

Sustainable Harvest lives up to their name – they really do make sure the harvest is sustained. One of the largest ways they achieve this is by employing a Relationship Coffee business model that is changing the way coffee farmers and roasters conduct their business. Before this model, coffee sourcing was an anonymous system that involved a middleman to bridge the gap between coffee farmers and coffee roasters. Relationships were not built this way, communication was lacking, and the middleman was in control of the paying market. Since 1997, the Relationship Coffee model employed by Sustainable Harvest has transformed the old model of business into one that facilitates direct communication between farmers and roasters, transparency, training, traceability, trade credit, and better paying markets. 

The Relationship Coffee model facilitates forums and relationships within the coffee industry. Roasters finally understand how and where there coffees are produced, and can express their quality expectations, needs, and specifications directly to the farmers that grow for them. Through this model, lasting markets are created for cooperatives, training and tools are provided to farmers, pre-trade financing is secured for producers, marketing materials are provided and many other steps are taken to protect the health of the industry. Communication is nurtured by bringing supply chain partners together to tackle industry challenges, facilitate transparency in business transactions, and lead the way to innovation.

Investing in the People and the Environment

Sustainable Harvest invests a large portion – nearly one-third - of their gross profit margin to coffee farmer development programs. Their efforts have reached 13 countries and over 100,000 coffee farmers. Their training and support initiatives have included: Mexico Dry Mill Training, Hurricane Stan Grower Relief Fund, Gombe Tree Planting Project, The Last Mile Initiative, and The Gombe Coffee Promotion Project, to name a few. These community-based projects have aided coffee farmers in development, improved technology, long-term relationships with coffee buyers, and healthy biodiversity that conserves soils and improves coffee quality.


In addition to these training and support programs, Sustainable Harvest founded the ‘Let’s Talk Coffee’ forum and training program.   ‘Let’s Talk Coffee’ is an annual, 3-day, philanthropic farmer training event that educated farmers about the coffee supply chain and encourages them to share best practices, calibrate quality standards and communicate their needs. ‘Let’s Talk Coffee’ has been held for the last six years.

Awards and Accomplishments

Sustainable Harvest is not going unnoticed as a leading social enterprise. They have received many awards recognizing their accomplishments, including the 2006 Sustainability Award from the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA), the 2007 Exemplar Award at the State of Oregon Sustainability Awards, and the 2008 Outstanding Contribution Award from the SCAA, celebrating founder David Griswold’s pioneering vision due to the ‘Relationship Coffee’ business model. In addition, Inc. Magazine has ranked Sustainable Harvest in their list of the 5,000 fastest growing companies in America for two years in a row – 2007 and 2008. 

Sustainable Harvest is also a certified ‘B Corporation’, which means they have met comprehensive and transparent social and environmental performance standards. 

Conscious Business

Sustainable Harvest knows that being a conscious business means more than recycling and holding a green certification. It means offering a high-quality product - organic, fair-trade coffee - and supporting sustainability in the coffee industry for the long haul. 

Information Links:

Visit Sustainable Harvest online:

http://www.sustainableharvest.com 

Watch a video of the ‘Let’s Talk Coffee’ farmer training event:

http://www.sustainableharvest.com/our_model/let_s_talk_coffee/ 

Watch a video of the ‘Relationship Coffee Model’:

http://www.sustainableharvest.com/press_and_media/video/INTRO: (62 words)

Sustainable Harvest Coffee Importers is known for their organic, fair-trade, high quality coffee from the most excellent producers around the world. In addition to their genuine dedication to importing sustainable coffee, they also employ an innovative ‘Relationship Coffee Model’, invest a portion of their profits into farmer development and training, and host an annual, non-profit, 3-day training event called ‘Let’s Talk Coffee’. 

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Sustainable Harvest Coffee Importers, a major volume importer of fair-trade, organic coffee in North America, bring a different kind of conscious business model to the table. Instead of simply importing sustainable coffee from around the world and taking their profits to the bank, they invest in the overall health of the specialty coffee industry, support their farmers and roasters, and use innovative technologies to make sure that farmers and roasters are communicating, learning, and developing transparent, long-term relationships that aid in the health of the sustainable coffee market. Sustainable Harvest not only offers a sustainable product, but they create equality and sustainability in the lives of coffee farmers around the globe.

Founded in 1997, Sustainable Harvest is headquartered in Portland, Oregon and has supply-side divisions with training and support staff in Mexico, Peru, and Tanzania. With a network of  over 200,000 coffee farmers in Central and South America, Mexico, and east Africa, along with specialty coffee roasters in Europe and North America, Sustainable Harvest is changing the face of the coffee industry.  Founder and President David Griswold is the pioneer of the revolutionary ‘Relationship Coffee’ business model, and former President of the Specialty Coffee Association of America. 

True Sustainability: Relationship Coffee Model

Sustainable Harvest lives up to their name – they really do make sure the harvest is sustained. One of the largest ways they achieve this is by employing a Relationship Coffee business model that is changing the way coffee farmers and roasters conduct their business. Before this model, coffee sourcing was an anonymous system that involved a middleman to bridge the gap between coffee farmers and coffee roasters. Relationships were not built this way, communication was lacking, and the middleman was in control of the paying market. Since 1997, the Relationship Coffee model employed by Sustainable Harvest has transformed the old model of business into one that facilitates direct communication between farmers and roasters, transparency, training, traceability, trade credit, and better paying markets. 

The Relationship Coffee model facilitates forums and relationships within the coffee industry. Roasters finally understand how and where there coffees are produced, and can express their quality expectations, needs, and specifications directly to the farmers that grow for them. Through this model, lasting markets are created for cooperatives, training and tools are provided to farmers, pre-trade financing is secured for producers, marketing materials are provided and many other steps are taken to protect the health of the industry. Communication is nurtured by bringing supply chain partners together to tackle industry challenges, facilitate transparency in business transactions, and lead the way to innovation.

Investing in the People and the Environment

Sustainable Harvest invests a large portion – nearly one-third - of their gross profit margin to coffee farmer development programs. Their efforts have reached 13 countries and over 100,000 coffee farmers. Their training and support initiatives have included: Mexico Dry Mill Training, Hurricane Stan Grower Relief Fund, Gombe Tree Planting Project, The Last Mile Initiative, and The Gombe Coffee Promotion Project, to name a few. These community-based projects have aided coffee farmers in development, improved technology, long-term relationships with coffee buyers, and healthy biodiversity that conserves soils and improves coffee quality.


In addition to these training and support programs, Sustainable Harvest founded the ‘Let’s Talk Coffee’ forum and training program.   ‘Let’s Talk Coffee’ is an annual, 3-day, philanthropic farmer training event that educated farmers about the coffee supply chain and encourages them to share best practices, calibrate quality standards and communicate their needs. ‘Let’s Talk Coffee’ has been held for the last six years.

Awards and Accomplishments

Sustainable Harvest is not going unnoticed as a leading social enterprise. They have received many awards recognizing their accomplishments, including the 2006 Sustainability Award from the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA), the 2007 Exemplar Award at the State of Oregon Sustainability Awards, and the 2008 Outstanding Contribution Award from the SCAA, celebrating founder David Griswold’s pioneering vision due to the ‘Relationship Coffee’ business model. In addition, Inc. Magazine has ranked Sustainable Harvest in their list of the 5,000 fastest growing companies in America for two years in a row – 2007 and 2008. 

Sustainable Harvest is also a certified ‘B Corporation’, which means they have met comprehensive and transparent social and environmental performance standards. 

Conscious Business

Sustainable Harvest knows that being a conscious business means more than recycling and holding a green certification. It means offering a high-quality product - organic, fair-trade coffee - and supporting sustainability in the coffee industry for the long haul. 

Information Links:

Visit Sustainable Harvest online:

http://www.sustainableharvest.com 

Watch a video of the ‘Let’s Talk Coffee’ farmer training event:

http://www.sustainableharvest.com/our_model/let_s_talk_coffee/ 

Watch a video of the ‘Relationship Coffee Model’:

http://www.sustainableharvest.com/press_and_media/video/