Partnering With Producers

We’re dedicated to sourcing the world’s best coffees while challenging supply chain norms. We do this by honoring our Direct Trade relationships, paying quality premiums for our coffees, and creating multi-year commitments to our producers.

Celebrating Our People

As a people-first culture, we're committed to creating a safe, welcoming, and inclusive community for the humans of Stumptown by providing training, resources, healthcare, special-interest programs, and time for personal growth.

Sustaining Our Planet

We’re committed to sustainability in our cafes, breweries, and roasting facilities. We're actively working to reduce energy and water consumption, and have set a goal to have zero landfill-bound waste in our manufacturing operations by 2025.

Proud to be a Corp

We've joined over 4,500 companies working to mindfully grow business with an emphasis on social and environmental accountability and transparency.

For those of you who like to get into the finer details, click here to read the full report. For a bite-sized summary, here ya go:
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We’re still bringing you the best coffee in the best way we know how, using Direct Trade sourcing to ensure the highest quality of life for coffee producers around the world. This includes supporting origin-led projects to create solutions to sustainability challenges in coffee-producing communities.

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The humans of Stumptown continue to blow our minds with their talent, dynamism, and individualism. Last year we added greater incentives to our benefits package, we engaged in community projects, and we continue to strive to create a warm, welcoming, and inclusive community for all.

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We amped up our sustainability efforts in our cafes, breweries, and roasting and manufacturing facilities. And we’re rolling out plans to reduce energy consumption, water consumption, and landfill-bound waste across all our operations.

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From the Blog

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    Producer Spotlight

    A look at ways our coffee partnerships go beyond producing great coffee to include collaborative efforts toward a more equitable and environmentally sustainable future for coffee-producing communities.

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    Onward and Upward with B Corp

    Find out how we source and serve the best coffees in the world in a way that is good for the people involved and the planet - B Corp edition. Plus, a sneak peak at our sustainability goals for the years ahead.

  • Oatly: Is It Oat Milk or Oatmilk?

    Take a look behind the cold brew curtain to discover why Stumptown Cold Brew with Oatly is not only delicious but also sustainable thanks to some sweet innovations from our partners at Oatly.

  • Composting Coffee 101: Getting to the Ground Level

    We caught up with Stumptown Cold Brew Operations Manager and home gardener, Tucker Leverton, to get down to the nitty-gritty of composting coffee at home.

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    Stumptown's 2020 Sustainability Report

    Last year, we shared our first ever Sustainability and Impact Report. Click through to get the bite-size summary or dig in to the full 65-page report (if that's your thing).

  • Notes on Direct Trade: Colombia El Jordan Impact Report

    Ever wondered what “Direct Trade” actually means? Here at Stumptown, it means that we know our producers, we pay high prices for high quality, and we build sourcing relationships that last.

Sustainability & Impact Through the Years

Sustainability & Impact Through the Years

1999

Stumptown opens its doors

Stumptown launches Holler Mountain, our signature organic coffee blend

2003

First Direct Trade relationship

First Direct Trade sourcing relationship with the Aguirre family’s El Injerto farm in Huehuetenango, Guatemala

2010

Portland roastery begins donating burlap bags

All burlap bags (used to transport coffee from origin to roastery) are donated to the City of Portland Community Garden program where they are upcycled to 53 gardens and hundreds of gardeners.

2012

RTO installed at Stumptown’s roastery

RTO (Regenerative Thermal Oxidizer) installed at Stumptown’s roastery at 100 SE Salmon, recycling heat from the roasting process and reducing roasting emissions to near zero

2017

Finca Churupampa compost project begins

Stumptown provides seed funding for the first phase of a compost project for Finca Churupampa in Peru.

2018

Stumptown achieves B Corp certification

2020

New York roastery moves to Queens

Stumptown’s NY roastery moves from four buildings in Red Hook, Brooklyn to one beautiful building on Wyckoff Avenue in Queens, featuring a host of eco-friendly and efficiency features.

2021

Stumptown releases its First Ever Sustainability & Impact Report

Stumptown recertifies as a B Corp (with 9.7 point score improvement)

FAQ

Over 20 years ago, Stumptown helped coin the term Direct Trade to describe our way of sourcing the world’s best coffees and challenging supply chain norms. And it has been our sourcing philosophy ever since. Instead of buying anonymous coffees from a trader, we know our producers; instead of paying prices linked to the commodity market, we pay premiums driven by quality; and instead of being opportunistic, we forge long-term partnerships with producers. Over the years, the term Direct Trade has become widely used among buyers of specialty coffees, but it means different things to different people. As our business continues to grow and evolve, so will our Direct Trade model to continue our mission of making the most positive impact where we can.
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, "USDA certified organic foods are grown and processed according to federal guidelines addressing, among many factors, soil quality, animal raising practices, pest and weed control, and use of additives. Organic producers rely on natural substances and physical, mechanical, or biologically based farming methods to the fullest extent possible."

Coffees can only be designated organic if they've been produced and processed in a manner consistent with these guidelines.
Not all of them, but we do offer quite a few. Organic certification is called out on the labels of all of our organic options, including Holler Mountain, our best-selling organic blend. There’s also French Roast, and if you're interested in single origins, Ethiopia Mordecofe and Indonesia Bies Penantan are two of our favorites, both available year-round. And keep an eye out for seasonal, limited-release organic offerings as well.

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Led by the nonprofit network B Lab, B Corp certification is a designation given to businesses that have passed a rigorous assessment and are deemed to be operating at the highest standards, socially and environmentally.

At Stumptown, the process of becoming certified paved the way for us to create systems for evaluating how we run our business. This includes the impacts on our people, the environment, the communities in which we operate, and the farms where we source coffees.

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