I live near the city synonymous with coffee and there’s a cliché that everyone here is powered by the dark brew; but for me that couldn’t be further from the truth. So while I know nothing about coffee, other than I just haven’t been able to acquire the taste for it, what I do know about is a company that cares. And that’s why I’m sharing the Portland Roasting Company.
What impresses me is their commitment to the earth. They’re a socially responsible company and while they’re on the forefront of this movement, I hope that by them leading, others will follow.
I appreciate that they’re reducing the carbon footprint of their manufacturing and delivery processes. They deliver their beans via B-line trikes, a suburban zero-emission delivery system, as well as via a Nissan Leaf electric car; one of the first in Oregon. They also use biodiesel fuel delivery vans and wind power to supplement their power use.
But the company doesn’t limit their commitment to the US. They think globally and are providing support and assistance around the world. Projects in Sumatra, Guatemala, Kenya, Tanzania, Papua New Guinea, India, El Salvador, and Coast Rica and they have been since 1999. They helped found the Portland Walk for Water and the managing partner, Mark Stell, developed the Farm Friendly Direct™ Program.
Our coffee is hand-picked off of shrubs that produce ~1 lb. of roasted coffee each year. A lot of love went into literally every bag we sell, from grower, to processor, to roaster, to you! – PRC Facebook Post 4/26/12
Portland Roasting Company also works to reduce their waste profile. They compost their organic waste (1000 lbs per month) and donate their chaff waste* to organic farmers rather than dump it in the landfill. The also donate their burlap bags after use and their shipping boxes are made from 100% post-consumer waste.
I know what you’re thinking, sure they’re environmentally and globally responsible, but can they roast good coffee? Like I said, I’ve not tasted it and if I did I couldn’t tell you if it was good or not; however, the Portland Roasting Company recently won the title of 2012 Roaster of the Year from Roast Magazine. How’s that for an endorsement!
Check out their website for more information on their roasted coffee made from beans from around the world including certified organic coffee. You can also order coffee online for delivery anywhere in the US within 24 hrs of ordering via FedEx.
Enter to win Five Bag of Portland Roasting Company’s Organic Coffee!
The kind folks at PRC are sending one lucky winner 5 bags of their delicious organic coffee – choose from beans or ground:
Portland Roasting Company Prize Pack (arv $50):
- Organic French – dark blend with qualities of black licorice – heavy bodied with smoky character and bittersweet finish.
- Organic Honduras – floral with brown sugar and sweet caramel and a hint of pulp at the finish.
- Organic House – medium green apple acidity in a light bodied cup – subtle caramelized sugars as well as a citrus fruitiness.
- Organic Peru – just dash of cinnamon and nuts with some apple sweetness.
- Organic Mexican – From the Oaxaca region by the Mixteca Alta del Pacifico Co-op – limited quantities/while supplies last (substitution possible). Nicely balanced with spicy honey aroma and tastes of light citrus and chocolate. A smooth cup.
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* Coffee bean chaff is a waste product of the roasting process of coffee beans. The chaff is green pieces of skin or hull that come off in different ways depending upon the type of roasting process used. Source: What to Do With Coffee Bean Chaff | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/way_5232478_do-coffee-bean-chaff.html#ixzz1tI12FoRf
Photo Credit: Portland Roasting Company
This giveaway is provided by the PRC; we were not compensated for hosting this giveaway