After a decade of working with small producers on climate related projects, our very own Cristina Talens – LYF International Programmes Manager, has now launched the World’s first climate-change gourmet coffee.
Over the last 10 years, Cristina Talens has worked alongside thousands of small farmers, indigenous people and plantation workers in coffee, tea and cocoa in over 14 countries across Africa, Asia and Latin America. During that time she has seen first-hand the environmental and social impacts that climate change is having on agricultural communities which grow the UK’s favorite coffees.
Some 25-30 million hectares of the world’s forests are lost each year to illegal logging and clearing for agricultural land. Cristina says, ‘These forests act as giant carbon banks, when the trees are cut down, they release carbon into the air, thereby contributing to the global problem that is climate change. It is estimated that 20% of global greenhouse gas emissions come from the continued destruction of the world’s forests.’
Now, to help save the world’s forests, she has created Source Climate Change Coffee, the first single origin gourmet coffee which incentivises small farmers to plant trees in these ecological hotspots. Source is today the only conservation-led coffee company which makes direct payments for reforestation carbon credits to ensure that every bag or tin that is sold is carbon neutral.