Timothy's World Coffee is committed to promoting public awareness around environmental and social responsibility. Timothy's is a proud supporter of programs that assist coffee farmers and their families, protect land use, and promote sustainable coffee growing practices. These programs benefit every group involved in the trading process - producers, workers, wildlife and consumers. Enjoy an excellent and ethical cup of Timothy's coffee today!
Socially Responsible and Sustainable Coffee
Nearly a decade ago, Timothy’s began supporting the La Vereda project with the purchase of approximately 77,000 lbs. of coffee beans. This year, due to consumer demand, Timothy’s plans to purchase 508,000 lbs. – providing the Embera-Chami community with a significant increase in income.
Not only is Timothy’s a proud supporter of the La Vereda Partnership Project, we are also committed to serving your best cup of the day!
Seeking to enter into a socially, economically and environmentally responsible partnership, Timothy’s entered into a contract with the Native Embera-Chami Community, of San Lorenzo Colombia, in 2000. The objective was to ensure a safe and sustainable future for the people of the coffee-growing community, while providing our customers with great tasting coffee.
By purchasing La Vereda coffee from growers in the Embera-Chami community, Timothy’s contributes to school programs for children of the region—along with training and extension programs for coffee growers, including:
- Organic fertilizer production and fertilizing practices
- Construction and management of worm tanks – used for composting
- Water recycling processes
Additionally, the La Vereda Fund helps to finance projects in health, community development, improvement and maintenance of local infrastructure – including maintenance of roads and bridges – construction, and the improvement of water management facilities.
Produced in the upper zones of the Embera-Chami San Lorenzo Reservation, between 1650 and 2000 metres above sea level, La Vereda is a single origin coffee. It is grown by the Embera-Chami native people, in the upper areas of the Embera-Chami territory, using traditional methods that incorporate the use of shading trees and intercropping – with basic food staples. When harvested, La Vereda coffee beans are hand sorted, milled, and then stored in a high altitude warehouse, before shipment. The result is a rare, high-quality, environmentally sustainable coffee.
Based on the success of this Coffee Relationship Partnership, Timothy’s World Coffee and the Embera-Chami were presented with a sustainability award, by the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA), in 2006.
International Women's Coffee Alliance
Contribute to valuable social change and protect the environment through your enjoyment of our new Women In Coffee Partnership Blend. Purchased with the assistance of the International Women’s Coffee Alliance, this blend combines coffee from Costa Rican plantations operated by women. Partial proceeds help support coffee-growing communities through improvements in the towns where these women live and work. Timothy’s is proud to offer these exceptional coffees as part of our Partnership Coffee Program, which are available in distinctive green coffee bags – only at Timothy’s World Coffee.
Fairtrade Certified and Organically Grown
Timothy’s is committed to serving you superior coffee, while helping to preserve the environment and to sustain the livelihood of coffee farmers and laborers. By purchasing Fairtrade Certified products, we help to ensure farmers receive fair prices for their goods, plus enable them to invest in quality processing equipment. Our contribution also helps to support school programs—promoting literacy and education for farmers and their children.
Every time you choose to drink a Fairtrade Certified cup of coffee, you are making a positive contribution to the standard of living in the communities that produce your favourite Timothy’s beverage.
Ask about our Fairtrade Certified products.
OCIA International is one of the world’s oldest, largest and most trusted leaders in the organic certification industry. A non-profit, member-owned, agricultural organization, OCIA is dedicated to providing the highest quality organic certification services and access to global organic markets. As providers and consumers of certified organic products, they are committed to environmentally sound stewardship.
Timothy’s Builds Strong Partnerships with Organizations That Share Our Core Values
When it comes to social and environmental programs, Timothy’s strongly supports partners that share our values: Support communities locally and around the world Promote environmental, ethical, and social responsibility Build and sustain strong, rewarding relationshipsWith our support, coffee farmers strive to preserve their land through sustainable coffee-growing practices. This helps to provide our customers with a lasting supply of premium coffee—without compromising the needs of future generations.
Protecting the EnvironmentWhen you see the Organic Crop Improvement Association (OCIA) seal, names and trademarks on our coffees and teas, you can be assured that they are grown using methods and resources that minimize harmful effects on the environment. Organic production systems help to maintain soil fertility by reducing the use of synthetic fertilizers (e.g., nitrates and phosphates) and pesticides (i.e., herbicides, insecticides or fungicides). Limiting the use of these harmful agrochemicals also helps to protect rivers, plants and wildlife indigenous to coffee-growing countries, as well as the general public. In order for coffee to be certified and sold in Canada and the US, it must meet the high standards established by a third party Organic Certification Agency, such as the OCIA.
Setting the Standards Since 1985Headquartered in Lincoln, Nebraska, and founded in 1985, the OCIA is among the oldest and largest certification agents in the industry. It is a well-trusted, non-profit organization, dedicated to providing research, education and certification services to farmers, processors and handlers, worldwide.
OCIA standards ensure:
- No synthetic fertilizers or harmful chemicals are used on the land for at least three years prior to harvesting crop
- Operations are inspected by independent assessors, annually, and can be re-inspected – unannounced – at any time
- Comprehensive records of organizations’ practices and processes are kept and submitted to the agency for review – each year
Timothy’s Organic Coffees Meet High StandardsThrough the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Organic Program – accredited certifiers – Timothy’s has remained OCIA-certified since 2007. As such, Timothy’s must ensure its Organic products contain 100% Organic ingredients and that all ingredients are clearly labeled – fully identifying all Organic and non-organic ingredients.
For an exceptional cup of coffee or tea, look for the following Timothy’s Organic coffees and teas online or in our restaurants:
- Mexican Organic
- Mexican Swiss Water Decaf Fair Trade Organic
- Nicaraguan Fair Trade Organic
Rainforest Alliance Certification Program
Timothy’s participation in the Rainforest Alliance certification program demonstrates its commitment to sustainable farming and forestry in coffee regions worldwide. Sustainable agricultural practices are not only fair to farmers; they are easy on the earth, too.
The mission of the Rainforest Alliance is to protect ecosystems and the people and wildlife that depend on them by transforming land-use practices, business practices and consumer behaviour. Companies, co-operatives and landowners must meet rigorous standards that conserve biodiversity and provide sustainable livelihoods. Sustainable agriculture is at the centre of the Rainforest Alliance’s efforts and there is collaboration between farmers and conservationists to protect our environment. This collaboration results in sustainable practices, which will benefit present and future generations of farmers, consumers and wildlife.
Timothy’s Gives Back to Communities Around the WorldAs an industry pioneer in supporting socially and environmentally responsible coffee programs, Timothy’s World Coffee served its first cup of Rainforest Alliance certified coffee in November 2004. The objective was to consistently offer premium quality coffee to our customers, while giving back to coffee farming communities, worldwide. Today, Timothy’s remains committed to giving back to the communities we serve, plus helping to ensure dignified living conditions for coffee farmers and communities around the world. Not only does our participation in the Rainforest Alliance certification program help us to protect natural resources, globally, it also helps to ensure our customers’ needs are met – without compromising future generations’ ability to satisfy their needs. Through our partnership with Rainforest Alliance, Timothy’s supports educational and environmental programs in communities where coffee is grown and harvested. Our shared vision is to protect the earth, while providing its people with a sustainable livelihood and safe living and working conditions. Farmers who participate in the Rainforest Alliance certification program are able to gain leverage in negotiating fair coffee prices and obtain access to first-rate markets, while preserving their land. Carlos Alberto Gonzales, head of the Colombian Coffee Federation, captures the impact of sustainable agricultural programs best when he says: "For us sustainability is more than marketing; it is a way of life."
The Fisher Fund is an organization that supports the protection of the biological and ecological values of the Las Nubes Rainforest and adjacent area in southern Costa Rica. Working with the Faculty of Environmental Studies of York University in Toronto, Ontario and the Tropical Science Center in San José, the Fisher Fund has made significant achievements in research and conservation programs in biodiversity protection, rural sustainability, and environmental education in local schools. In support of this initiative, Timothy’s donates $1.00 per pound of Las Nubes beans sold to the Fisher Fund.