Buying in bulk might be one of the best ways to save at our store. Bulk shopping allows you to get as little or as much as you need, reducing large amounts of an ingredient that you normally wouldn’t use. It also greatly reduces packaging, which gives Mother Earth a big ol’ pat on the back. We even offer incentives when you bring in your own empty containers for bulk goods.
Product Quality: You can be assured that when buying in bulk, our product standards directly apply to every almond, grain, herb, tea or spice. The majority of our bulk grains, spices and herbs come from Frontier Organic Co-op, a cooperative that offers high quality, competitive pricing while adhering to strict environmental and socially responsible standards. Frontier is a leader in organic bulk goods and we are proud to work with them.
Our Coffees: Saying we’re coffee lovers would be an understatement. So when it comes to our cup of Joe, we want the best possible. Our coffee buyers put each bag through a three step buying process:
1. Origins and Ethics: Where are these beans coming from? Too often, mass produced coffee will result in harmful effects and after effects on land, creating permanent negative effects for the communities and villages that depend on it. We buy from smaller companies whose primary goal is the health of the land and workers.
2. Growing Practices: We look for companies that source from sustainably grown coffee farms. Organic methods such as shade-growing and the Rainforest Alliance help maintain continued use of the land and delicious coffee for the future. The Rainforest Alliance Certification can be found on most of our coffees. The Alliance represents farmers who use traditional production techniques in order to grow their beans as nature intended-under a lush canopy of tropical trees, home to hundreds of bird species such as migratory warblers and rainforest wildlife. RAC coffees are grown in harmony with nature, without pesticides, and with fair treatment and conditions for workers.
3. Fair & Direct Trade: It’s not just about the coffee, it’s about the workers who rely on this trade to feed their families. We work with companies that put Fair Trade practices at the top of their list, often putting the workers before the bean. Fair Trade Certification empowers farmers and farm workers to lift themselves out of poverty by investing in their farms and communities, protecting the environment, and developing the business skills necessary to compete in the global marketplace. Democratically organized farmer groups receive a guaranteed minimum floor price and an additional premium for certified organic product. Direct Trade Certification, a program developed by Counter Culture Coffee, represents the clear set of quality-driven principals that are guaranteed by the third-party, USDA-accredited Quality Certification Services. These principals are: 1. Personal & Direct Communication 2. Fair & Sustainable Prices 3. Exceptional Quality 4. 100% Transparency
Herbs & Grains: As often as possible we source organic herbs, grains and spices and always display their country of origin. Any questions that might arise when buying in bulk can quickly be answered by asking one of our stewards. We keep a knowledgeable staff member on hand in the bulk department for the majority of our business hours.