Rainforest Alliance Coffee on Campus
Drink coffee with Gourmet Dining and taste the locally roasted, fresh ground coffee that is responsibly sourced from Columbia.
Gourmet Dining has partnered with Coffee Officionado and the Rainforest Alliance to source coffee that has a Rainforest Alliance Certification.
What is a Rainforest Alliance Certification?
The Rainforest Alliance works to conserve biodiversity and improve livelihoods by promoting and evaluating the implementation of the most globally respected sustainability standards in a variety of fields. Through RA-Cert, the Rainforest Alliance’s auditing division, we provide our forestry, agriculture and carbon/climate clients with independent and transparent verification, validation and certification services based on these standards, which are designed to generate ecological, social and economic benefits.
What does it mean for a farm to be certified?
Each year at Gourmet Dining, we work towards improving on our sustainability efforts.
We made this change by working with a local roasting company in Morganville, NJ called Coffee Officionado. They had a connection to a coffee grower that had already begun working towards Rainforest Alliance certification, and together we were able to implement this coffee on several of our campuses.
The new program, in turn, provides many new benefits in addition to serving Rainforest Alliance certified coffee.
The coffee is locally roasted and used within 1 week of roasting.
The coffee is ground fresh before each brewing cycle.
We’re working with a local company, supporting local business in NJ.
In the future, it is in our plan to partner with Coffee Officionado to host a trip for a small ground of students passionate about these issues to visit farms in Columbia and Panama.
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