What makes coffee sustainable?


Coffee is one of the most popular drinks in the world. Yet, not all coffee is produced sustainably. Coffee is sustainable when the impact on the environment, the health of the workers and farmers are taken into account and when they are paid fair wages for their work. You can recognize sustainable coffee by the quality mark on the packaging. This quality mark is a certification that guarantees the norms for fair production. In this blog we’ll tell you what fair production entails.



The best conditions for coffee plants to grow are found in tropical climates, namely warmth, heavy downpour and fertile soil. That’s why coffee is mainly produced in countries like South America, Asia and Africa. Many of these coffee plantations are treated with pesticides. It is therefore important to buy coffee that has a quality mark. The quality mark guarantees that brand produces coffee with as little impact on the environment as possible.

A good working environment for workers and farmers

Coffee brands that want fair trade to improve have a quality mark. The mark guarantees that a large part of the profits goes to the farmers that produce the coffee. The farmers receive a set amount to cover the cost of environmental friendly farming. In addition, they receive extra funds to pay the workers with. The health of the workers is also taken into consideration. To ensure that the process of coffee production isn’t a danger to their health, a close eye is kept on the environmental aspects.

Beans vs. cups and pads

Coffee cups and coffee pads are not a sustainable choice because they create a lot of waste. Coffee cups create the most pollution because the plastics can’t be recycled. Therefore, the entire product becomes residual waste. By choosing coffee beans or ground coffee you are making a more sustainable choice. In addition, coffee made from beans also has a lot more taste! At [Leopold Vienna] we have a broad assortment of coffee makers, such as [espresso makers] and [coffee and tea makers] that are suited for making coffee with beans!


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