Social respons­ibility

From verified sourcing, to providing training to coffee farmers, to helping breed the climate-smart coffee plants of tomorrow, read how Peet’s is redefining what it means to be a responsible coffee purveyor today.

Farmer assistance

Farmer assistance

If presented with the opportunity, every farmer we’ve met would choose to grow large amounts of high-quality coffee, and do so in a way that enriched not just their families but also their land and communities. This insight is what led us to create Farmer Assistance, a program that specifically assists farmers who have the potential to grow the specialty coffee the world now demands, but who, for a variety of reasons, lack the techniques needed to do so. While there is still far more to be done, with each season, we are seeing social and economic benefits take hold.

Responsible
 sourcing

Responsible sourcing

For decades, we have worked with producers and other coffee supply chain partners to ensure we source the highest quality coffees for our customers in a responsible manner. Over time, we’ve evolved our approach to better understand the realities growers face and the methods they use to grow and mill coffee. Through several programs we manage, we are gaining the insights that help point to places where we can celebrate successes and collaborate even more effectively with coffee producers to make improvements over time.

Supporting communities at origin

Part of the Peet’s ethos involves caring for our partners, communities, and each other. In that spirit, we invest in the people and places behind our coffees, contributing to projects and organizations that support coffee farmers, their communities, and the natural environment. Below are three long-time partners.

  • Kimssa

    KIMSSA

    For a number of years, Peet’s and its employees have sponsored the students of KIMSSA, a community organization that provides tutoring, training, and cultural programming to underprivileged youth to help them succeed in school and beyond.

  • Coffee kids

    Coffee kids

    Coffee Kids provides training, mentoring, and seed capital to young coffee farmers to help them start businesses that respond to climate change, migration, and other challenges they face in the ever-changing coffee industry.

  • Grounds for health

    Grounds for health

    This organization is dedicated to reducing deaths from cervical cancer among women living in developing countries. Working in coffee-producing communities in partnership with local health authorities, coffee cooperatives, and others, Grounds for Health trains local medical staff and community health promoters, and coordinates screening and treatment services.

Leed gold certified

Green roasting at home

We roast 100% of our coffees in the nation’s first LEED Gold Certified roasting facility. Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council, LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.

  • Energy

    Energy

    • Heat exchange technology recovers roasting heat, resulting in 40% less natural gas used
    • Use of natural light and high efficiency lighting technology reduces energy used by 40%
    • Environmentally-sensitive, high-efficiency HVAC systems reduce greenhouse emissions
    • The use of energy efficient RTO (Regenerative Thermal Oxidizer) technology increases natural gas efficiency by 30%
  • Landscaping

    Water Conservation

    • 100% storm water runoff goes through bio-swales or water treatment units en route to San Francisco Bay
    • Water-efficient landscaping and high-efficiency irrigation reduces water usage by 87%
    • The facility uses waterless and low-flow fixtures that reduce the consumption of water.
  • Relationship

    Materials

    • Over 75% of construction waste was diverted from landfill to recycling during construction
    • More than 90% of the waste materials generated from roasting and packaging are recycled or upcycled and diverted from the landfill
    • Over 20% of materials come from local and regional sources
    • Recycled materials are used in mulch, including coffee chaff, a by-product of roasting
Roasting coffee beans
           

People & Planet

A collection showcasing our dedication to communities and the environment where our coffee is grown.