Yorkshire serves up world’s first climate change coffee

A North Yorkshire based ethically sourced coffee company are to launch their new coffee at the BBC’s Good Food Show in Harrogate next week.

Christina Talens Souce Climate Change CoffeeSource Climate Change Coffee is the first coffee business in the UK with its own carbon credit number, providing 100% traceability to the communities where the coffee is produced.  Grown in cloud forest areas across of Uganda and Mexico, each bag or tin has a unique tracking number to show the farmers’ on-going conservation efforts.

Founded by Cristina Talens, a sustainability practitioner who has worked with coffee farmers in Africa and Latin America, the company’s mission is to address deforestation in these areas whilst investing in high quality coffee.

Cristina says, “I’ve been in development and conservation, internationally, for over 20 years and I wanted to create a product that demonstrated it was possible for businesses to have a positive impact on climate change.

“Currently some 25-30 million hectares of the world’s forests are lost each year to illegal logging and clearing for agricultural land, but we are trying to combat this by rewarding our coffee farmers for reforestation and conservation activities.”

With two coffees already in their range, Cristina will be launching her third offering, from the Rwandan Gishwati Cloud Forest, at the BBC Good Food Show in Harrogate on 8-10th April.

Having taken 3 years to source the beans, which are grown 60km from the unique ecological hotspot Virunga Park, home to a quarter of the world’s remaining mountain gorillas, the new coffee has lively citrus highlights and a caramel sweetness which lingers on the pallet.

The new coffee will be served in the VIP Lounge at the BBC Good Food Show, where Cristina is also doing a tasting of her three cloud forest coffees and a talk about climate change, rainforests and the coffee communities where they are sourced.  The coffee will be available to buy at the Source Climate Change’s stand at the show in the Harrogate International Centre and is available online through their website as well as at independent retailers throughout the region. www.sourceclimatechange.com