A Boulder, Colorado-based company, Conscious Coffee knows that doing things the right way doesn't mean the cheapest. Keep reading to find out what makes their coffee so special, or check out their selection of brews.
What drove you to start your business?
I purchased the business 2.5 years ago. After working 30 years in the corporate world I needed to move to something that better fit my values and this business was perfect as it follows ethical and sustainable practices and lets me be who I am.
Who are your employees or your artisans?
Ricky Aughenbaugh – Roastmaster/operations manager, Jasmine Segura – Roaster, Blake Landin - Packaging/delivery/training, Dan Shoup - Invoicing/inventory/web, Maor Tiyouri – sales/demos
How did you find them?
Ricky and Dan were employed with the company when I bought the business. Jasmine and Blake worked for customers and wanted to get into the roasting side. Maor came as a recommendation from a previous employee.
What do they mean to you?
They make this company go. We are small so we are all family.
What made you decide to start producing ethically?
They had been doing this when I bought the company, but this was the main reason I purchased this company. We need to recognize that our decisions affect a lot of people. We want to make sure our effect is a positive one.
What impact has your business had on your community?
In the farmer community where we buy our beans, it has had a huge impact as far as giving the farmers a sustainable livelihood, keeping their children in the business and protecting their lands. In the local community, we are offering customers a choice that gives them the power to impact change.
What was the most difficult part of starting and running your business?
A highly competitive market where doing things the right way is not the cheapest way. Getting our story out so customers know what impact they can have.
What has been the most rewarding outcome of your business?
Visiting the farmers and seeing them thrive.
What is your company’s mission?
Working in partnership with coffee farming communities who share our priority to respect and protect the Earth and its People, we import and roast coffee sourced directly from indigenous producers groups who have collectively organized into local farmer cooperatives. As we continue to grow, we acknowledge and embrace our relationship to social justice, environmental responsibility and culinary artistry.
Faire.Shop strives to bring 100 million women out of poverty. Please help us estimate the impact of Faire.Shop’s network by sharing the number of women who you are supporting. We appreciate whatever input you can offer to aid our estimates—a rough guess is better than nothing.
While Craig Lamberty is the managing partner of Conscious Coffees, it is 55% female-owned (the other two owners are Laura Lamberty and Kim Lamberty). We have 2 female employees and 3 male employees. It is tough to get an exact number on the female-owned farms we work with but about 25% of the cooperative members are female.