Organic Coffee to Go

You can be an organic coffee purist who buys imported green organic coffee beans and roasts just enough for a day’s consumption. Or you can be a lover of healthy organic coffee with a busy life and rarely be at home. If the latter is the case then where can you find organic coffee to go? Here are the larger coffee house chains and what we could find out about their organic coffee to go.

Caribou Coffee

Caribou carries acacia organic blend if you want strictly organic. But Caribou is also the first major coffee house chain to sell 100% Rainforest Alliance certified coffee.

Coffee Beanery

Coffee Beanery sells 100% Arabica coffees some of which are organic and Fair Trade.

Dunkin’ Donuts

These folks have evolved from a string of donut shops to a fast food chain with good coffee. They have organic coffee to go and are big on Fair Trade.

Starbucks

Starbucks carries several organic coffees to go and has for years.

McCafe

McDonald’s upgraded its coffee several years ago and added a coffee house niche in many of their restaurants. Much if not all of their coffee depending on which country you are in is Rainforest Alliance Certified, UTZ Certified or Fair Trade International. Their move to high quality certified coffee is especially important as McDonald’s serves a billion cups of coffee each year in the USA alone.

Costa Coffee

This is a British coffee house chain with outlets all over the world. They sell Rainforest Alliance certified coffees.

Tully’s Coffee

These folks used to sell 100% organic Fair Trade coffee. That stopped in 2008 but you can still get organic coffee to if you ask for it.

Peet’s Coffee & Tea

This company was started by Alfred Peet who first provided gourmet coffees to his customers. And yes you can get organic coffee to go at their establishments.

Tim Horton’s

This company does not use organic or other coffees certified by outside organizations. Rather they work directly with growers. Coffee and Conservation quotes the Tim Horton web site.

On their web site, the company explains, “we decided against buying fair trade coffee” and instead developed a program that works directly with the growers. This program, initiated in 2005, is called the Sustainable Coffee Partnership, and is implemented and managed by the outside organization EDE Consulting, of the Neumann Kaffee Gruppe, Hamburg, Germany. The Partnership will focus on three-year projects. These will provide technical assistance and investment in infrastructure to improve productivity and quality, aid in crop diversification (such as bananas), address the needs of families, and emphasize “the need to respect and protect the environment.”

And there are lots of smaller coffee shops where you can get organic coffee to go but you need to ask. And if they do not have any you can ask them to buy a bag and offer it to their customers.

And if all else fails you can make your organic coffee at home and carry a thermos to keep it warm until the afternoon coffee break. Just a thought.


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