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How Coffee Helps The Environment
We spend a good amount of time talking about animals and animal causes. But once in awhile, we like to highlight one of our affiliates with whom we’re particularly proud to be associated. Today, we’d like to introduce you to Cafe Britt (Grupo Britt NV) and show you how coffee helps the environment!
When we decided that we wanted to add a bookstore section to the YPS website, we wanted it to feel as close to a brick and mortar store as possible–including all the things you’d find in such an establishment. We wanted not only books but vendors for greeting cards and audio books…and even tea and coffee. But it was a bit more of a challenge to find a green coffee affiliate we liked. Luckily, Cafe Britt agreed to join us!
From the Cafe Britt website:
The Britt Shop Story
Since the mid 1990’s Britt thought of the International Airport in Costa Rica as a place where the traveler must find our products.
Back at that time there were no bids for shops, and the only souvenir shop was government owned and operated. The Company was able to adapt a golf cart and use it as a coffee cart, where customers could buy bags of Britt, and taste our Cappuccino, espresso and drip coffee by the cup.
Then in 2001 Britt won the bid to operate gift shops in the Costa Rican Airport. The Britt Shop concept grew beyond the airport and beyond Costa Rica.
Britt decided to expand internationally not so much by exporting its products, but primarily by exporting its business model. The Company decided to actively pursue international markets and invested in Perú (2005), Curaçao, Netherlands Antilles (2006), Chile (2007), Miami, St. Thomas (2008), Antigua and Barbuda (2009) and Mexico (2010).
Today, the Company employs over 1000 people with over 94 stores in 10 countries–everywhere from Miami, Florida to the island of Caledonia.
Costa Rica’s official standards authority has certified that all of Grupo Britt’s operations comply with international standards for environmental protection. This certification confirms our commitment to developing earth-friendly practices for all our products and services.
How Coffee Helps The Environment Part II
This is just one of the many reasons we’re excited to offer products from this affiliate on our site–they’re green! (And likely to stay that way.) They’re committed to providing gourmet coffees with the least environmental impact. This type of thinking means a better life for animals everywhere! Think about that, while you’re enjoying the coffee you purchase through YPS and reading a pet related book. We do!
Even their store furnishings and display cases are selected to have the least toxic materials to the environment. They use bags made from recycled plastics that are 100% biodegradable. Some are even their own brand. Their employees take part in an internal program where they bring their recyclables to work. And many of the suppliers and contractors they work with make use of re-usable materials.
Cafe Britt also practices Fair Trade, by paying the Columbian coffee farmers above market prices and ensuring their working conditions meet or exceed the standards of the International Fair Trade Organization. And since 2003, the company has won many awards, which you can see here.
Grupo Britt NV Assists The Planet Financially, Too
In addition. Britt provides financial support, and its top executives give their time and energy to environmental organizations that include:
Britt is an active member of ProParques, an organization created by a group of academics, conservationists and business people with the shared goal of improving Costa Rica’s National Parks. The organization seeks practical and immediate solutions to the problems of understaffing and funding within the country’s protected, wildlife areas.
Britt is a “Guaria” and “Bosque” Member of Amigos de los Parques Nacionales, a membership program created by ProParques, Fundecor and SINAC to provide individuals, organizations, tour companies and other businesses a chance to prove their commitment to the sustainability of Costa Rica’s national parks.
Grupo Britt NV is a pioneer in implementing at its company headquarters innovative urinals that greatly reduce water consumption. These Acualogica-brand urinals have a visionary, water-saving design to reduce flushing. The company is commited to conserving the planet’s valuable hydro resource.
And If That Isn’t Enough, Check Out A Sampe Of Some Of The Grupo Britt NV Products!
Peru Pachamama Organic Coffee
Harvested to ensure biodiversity and harmony with nature, this superb dark roast is deserving of its namesake – the Quechua word for “Mother Earth.” It’s grown in the Quillabamba region in Peru, near the famous “lost city of the Incas,” Machu Picchu. It grows beneath the soft shade of native-species trees and is nourished by the region’s own natural nutrients. This growing method preserves native flora and fauna, ensuring pure supplies of water and fertile soils for future generations of small-scale farmers. Café Britt Pachamama is certified organic by international organizations.
Octagonal Chocolate Sampler
8 of Café Britt’s very best chocolate candy creations, all packed in a beautiful gift box. It includes an assortment of Café Britt’s most popular flavors. You can find chocolate covered pineapple, guava or passion fruit; chocolate covered macadamia or cashews. Of course, you can’t miss our famous fresh roasted coffee beans, all covered in creamy white or dark gourmet chocolate. So many flavors, so little time!
White Chocolate Covered Lime
Inspired by Florida’s favorite Key Lime Pie and world-famous citrus groves, these small, white orbs are big on refreshing, tropical flavor. We’ve covered tangy lime-jelly chews in creamy white chocolate for a sweet treat that refreshes like a cool, ocean breeze. Packed in a colorful Miami-inspired bag, they’re as great for giving as they are for snacking.
Gourmet Hot Cocoa
Hot Cocoa that’s silk for the palate and satin for the soul. Our delicious Britt Gourmet Hot Cocoa is made from the finest cocoa beans and pure cane sugar. Ideal for a moment of ultimate indulgence or fine giving to your favorite chocolate lovers. To make a perfect cup of hot chocolate, mix 2 tablespoons of Britt Gourmet Hot Cocoa into 6 ounces of hot milk and stir well. Now comes the best part! Sit back and savor how rich and delicious hot chocolate can be. Each 14.1oz container makes 18 servings.
Get ready for a fruitful, chewy crunch! These all natural artisan cookies burst with bits of pure, guava jelly. Tangy and tropical, our cookies are made from the finest, all-natural ingredients, packed warm & fresh from the oven. Don’t look for any artificial additives or flavorings here. You won’t find any! Just bits of chewy guava fruit enveloped in a delightful, subtle crunch.
Doesn’t all that sound just awesome?! If you are drooling just reading this, then head on over to the YPS Bookstore, pickup a new book on pets and get some fab coffee as well! And know that you’re doing something great for animals and the environment as you shop with us.
Joy Jones, our Editor In Chief, is a syndicated columnist living with her husband Dave in Las Cruces, New Mexico. When not working on Your Pet Space, she writes a metaphysical column, as well as urban fantasy and humor. You can e-mail her at email@example.com as well as follow her on Facebook.