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Earth Day 2019

Howler Monkey on a Bird Friendly coffee farm in Nicaragua This morning on Earth Day I awoke to an inbox full of “Earth Day” emails, all of which in one way or another trying to entice me to buy something

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Climate Change and Bird Friendly Coffee

Bird Friendly® coffee is not just about birds!   Coffee cultivation is also entwined with climate change.  According to a recent paper by Dr. Robert Rice of the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center,  Bird Friendly® coffee farms are better equipped  to withstand

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Win Tickets to Lakeshorts 2019!

Sample Entry We are offering you a chance to win one of 2 pairs of tickets to the sold out Lakeshorts Film Festival! We have been sponsoring the festival since it started 9 years ago. The festival is a lot

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Proud Signatories

We humans share collective responsibility to protect the natural health of Ontario, Canada and the planet. Species at risk in Ontario We are proud to join a group of distinguished Canadians: Indigenous groups, environmental groups and progressive businesses in signing

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We are committed to our co-workers!

We are committed to a shared future with our co-workers.  Employees who demonstrate commitment and leverage to the team, and who are devoted to our values, are eligible to participate in a  generous employee ownership program.  This program is designed

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Aeropress® Coffee Maker

The AEROPRESS Coffee Maker is a simple and effective way to make coffee: Water and grounds are mixed together for ten seconds. Then gentle air pressure pushes the mix through a micro-filter in 20 seconds. The total brewing time of

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Birds and Beans Gives more than a Hill of Beans

In addition to supporting our suppliers who provide us with products and services that embody our values, we are also strongly motivated to support initiatives that
1) are aimed at preserving and restoring habitat for birds and other wildlife;
2) add value to our community and are conducted within the immediate vicinity of the café.

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Now Serving Cheese and Dill Scone!

We are proud to offer this unique scone made with all organic ingredients.  What a delicious and beautifully textured scone it is!  Great for breakfast or lunch. The organic ingredients mean that it, like all of our baking, our great new

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Now Shipping with New Bird Friendly Logo!

  The Bird Friendly Logo is Changing Look for the new Bird Friendly logo on all of our coffees.  They are ALL certified organic coffees grown in Certified Bird Friendly Habitat! Dark Blend with new logo Mimico Joe label with

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Why we avoid Almonds at Birds and Beans

“[Almonds] are also contributing to drought problems in California. Eighty per cent of the world’s almond supply comes from the state experiencing its worst drought on record. A report published by The Watershed Agricultural Council found that a single almond

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Meet the New Bird Friendly Seal!

  The New Bird Friendly Seal The Smithsonian Seal appears in the new logo. We say goodbye and thank-you to the Old Seal Have a look at the new Bird Friendly logo… the seal that represents the gold standard of

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Show us your Mimico Joe!

Show us your Mimico Joe! Use the hashtag #MimicoJoe to be entered in our monthly draw for Birds & Beans Gift cards and Mimico Joe T-shirts. Mimico is our home and we love it, which is why it deserves to

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Café by the Lake Menu Choices

Sunflower Kitchen Soups Come in to Birds and Beans Coffee and treat yourself to something special! Our coffees are all certified organic, bird friendly,  and fairly traded, boutique coffees. We use Organic Meadow Milk in our latté and cappuccino. Treat yourself with 100%

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Why is Boxed Water Better?

At Birds and Beans we are forever expanding and deepening our commitment to sustainability. As we learn about issues and find solutions, we weave them into the fabric of what we do. Some years ago, we were struck by a

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The Messenger

Order Online Today We’re delighted to introduce our second Special Edition coffee: The Messenger Blend, produced in association with The Messenger Documentary – a film by Su Rynard. While the full length documentary explores the impact of our activities on birds around the

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Grow a Tree in Your Cup

One of the best parts of my job is speaking to passionate people – people who are passionate about coffee and also people who are passionate about the environment.  Some people are passionate about both. A few months ago, I had one of

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Coffee Bird Photo Post

As spring returns and our beloved migratory songbirds make their way back to Canada from their wintering grounds in Central and South America, we urge you to support them by purchasing certified Bird Friendly® coffee!   Our friend and supporter

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A Delicious Way to Support Ontario Nature!

We are excited to announce the introduction of our first Special Edition coffee, “Ontario Nature” Blend.  This is a special blend in many ways.  It is Triple Certified: Bird Friendly, Fair Trade and Organic, and like all of our coffees,

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A Different Cup of Coffee

More than 10 years ago, we set out to create a different kind of company – one that would give consumers a way to use their purchasing power to make the world better rather than worse. We wanted to provide

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The Christmas Gift for Coffee Lovers

Our coffee of the month is the perfect Christmas gift for coffee lovers lovers!   Send a different pound of our delicious Bird Friendly® of coffee every month.  Or the same one each month if you prefer.  Or every other

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Coffee Songbirds, 2014 Calendar

Our new Coffee Songbirds Calendar for 2014 is Available Now!  This beautiful Calendar speaks for itself.  Each month a different migratory songbird with text by Pulitzer Prize nominee Scott Weidensaul and a map of summer and winter territory courtesy of Cornell Lab

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Seeking a Compost Partner

About us: We are the cafe part of Canada’s leading roaster of Certified Bird Friendly coffee. Our location is unique – unlike any other we’ve seen. Out back we have a lovely patio with a  view of Lake Ontario and

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To Bee or not to Bee

Bergamot, a native wildflower, in our Cafe garden Bees in a felled tree on a Bird Friendly Coffee Farm There have been a number of disturbing reports about mass bee die offs in the news recently – such as this

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What Bird Friendly® Looks Like in Nicaragua

Picture taken by Scott Weidensaul on this trip Marvin Venega with a cacao pod Marvin’s kids try birding A guest post for Earth Day from Scott Weidensaul, one of our “Voices for the Birds” (http://www.scottweidensaul.com) In January, I had the

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How Much Coffee Should I Use?

We are often asked how much coffee to use to brew the perfect cup. Well, the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) provides expert advice on all things coffee and the brewing ratio they suggest is 55g of coffee for

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What is up with the Fair Trade logo?

You will notice a new Fair Trade logo on our website and packaging this month.  There have been some changes in the fair trade system this year, and, we are now licensed with a different certifier: Fair Trade USA.  Their

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Is Earth Day Really Over?

Last week, on Earth Day I happened to see a broadcast of American Experience’s “Earth Days” documentary on PBS.  I’ve been thinking about it ever since.  Did you know that the first Earth Day was organized 42 years ago and

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Every Day is Earth Day

At Birds and Beans we don’t do anything different on Earth Day.  Don’t get me wrong, its not that we don’t appreciate the other guys giving some notice to the environment one day a year. Every little bit helps. If we

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Enjoying a Great Cup of Coffee

Enjoying a great cup of coffee…  For me it represents the culmination of all the attention that has gone into growing and harvesting, roasting, brewing, and at last, tasting it.  I feel connected to the whole process and I show

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Coffee Birds in our Backyard

This post is to bring you a few of the beautiful photographs taken by Vincent Falardeau in our back garden in the Long Branch neighbourhood of the City of Toronto.  These birds spend their winters on shade coffee farms in

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Why Birds and Beans Café is palm oil free

The mainstream media has picked up the crisis of a small population of orangutans this week.  Their habitat in Indonesia has been relentlessly brought to ruin by palm oil producers over several decades.  According to RainforestPortal.org  “The globally exceptional Tripa peat

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How to Make Earth Hour Last Forever

Earth Hour is actually a pretty good idea. It gives people a visible way to express their concern for the environment. As we are such social creatures, it spread from Sidney, Australia, all around the world and has become a

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What’s the Deal with the Birds?

Carved Baltimore Oriole before being applied to our cafe mural Upslope is a shade coffee farm. Downslope is sun coffee. Birding On Gaia Estate Something we get asked often about our name — “I get the Beans, but what’s the

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Welcome

Welcome the the Birds and Beans Blog! About 10 years ago we set out on this journey of sustainable business, coffee and birds – and from now on we’re going to share the journey with you on this blog. We love animals,

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A Bit About Coffee

We want to share with you the amazing taste experience of pre-industrial coffee. Through the industrialization of our food supplies, we have lost the simple pleasures of exquisite taste. Flavour and quality are routinely sacrificed for shelf life and transportability and sustainable

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10 Reasons to Choose Our Brew

Pouring espresso Receiving a Shipment Thanksgiving latté art. Always thankful, always giving. Exquisite TasteTaste it yourself to  see what we mean!  Check our coffee listing.  There is something to suit any flavour preference. Freshness GuaranteeBirds and Beans was the first roaster

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