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Curated! I love my Wool Dryer Balls

Dryer sheets, along with other scented household products including fabric softeners, contain a cocktail of industrial chemicals.  As single use items, they do not biodegrade but do leach their chemicals. These convenience items are not necessary! Moss Creek Wool Works

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Curated! Lets ditch some Plastic

Have you ever considered the quantity of plastic in the packaging and product of dental floss?  It might be a small thing, but everything we do is small until we add it up through our lifetime and across a population. 

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Curated! huh?

Assessing the sustainability of products is complicated! There are many competing aspects. This describes how we curate our products.

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50th Anniversary of Earth Day

At this time of unprecedented global upheaval, many of us are considering what really matters.

We have.

And we find ourselves deepening, broadening and refining our understanding of sustainability, and our appreciation of life’s simple pleasures.

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Online Order Delivery Options

Leave at Door – LAD With all the people staying home and working from home, we’ve seen a big increase in the demand for online orders to be left at people’s doors. So, what’s the best way to accomplish this?

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Take Out Zone

At this moment ask that anyone with a cough to please stay home. Even if you know you are coughing for a reason other than an infectious disease, people are scared. Please understand that coughing in a public place in this climate is not OK right now.

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2019 Christmas Coffee: Snow Bunting

Product Details This year our Christmas Coffee features a Snow Bunting.  Isn’t it beautiful?  Like all of our new packages it is original art drawn by the talented Rachael Riordon of Lucky Bones Studio. Some of you may know that

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New Online Shop

Our beautiful new packaging calls for a new online shopping experience!   The new shop is prettier, more intuitive, and has great new features.

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Passion led us here

Our Human-Readable Promise

unsplash-logoIan Schneider I tried to read our legalese Terms and Conditions and wow!  So I decided to write this to try and help us understand each other.   We believe we have an excellent product at a fair price.  We built

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Closure to attend Climate Strike Toronto

As an expression of our sense of urgency for climate action, Birds and Beans will be closed between 10am and 3pm on September 27, 2019 to enable us to attend the Toronto Global Climate Strike. We stand and clearly say

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Musing on Coffee Tasting part 2

Resting Coffee Period Did you know that coffee needs to rest for at least a day after roasting before its flavours fully emerge?  Like red wine needs to breath after opening, coffee needs to rest for  Tasting is very, very

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Cool Creek Artisanal Honey

Birds and Beans Café is excited to present our latest offering: Cool Creek Apiaries Honey in a 500 gram jar. We’ve been using Cool Creek Apiaries’ unpasteurized, pure and unfiltered bulk honey in our breakfast cookies for years. It is

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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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REUSEit Travel Mug

Enjoy our great new reusable ceramic travel mug.  They are handsome and practical.  They hold a 16 oz beverage. The double insulating wall protects your hand from burns and insulates both hot and cold drinks.   They are dishwasher safe.   And we

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Introducing our New Organic-Fruit Smoothie!

Introducing our new smoothie made with certified organic fresh fruit. We have developed the recipe and WOW is it fabulous!   Made with organic blueberries, strawberries and banana, we add only certified non-GMO coconut milk, water and ice. $6.95/20oz Enjoy this

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Protected Places Declaration

We are proud to announce today that we are an Endorsing Organization of the Protected Places Declaration. This Declaration urges the Ontario and Canadian Governments to to protect at least 17 percent of the Canada’s land and inland waters by 2020.

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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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Look, See the Bird!

Look, See The Bird!  $16.50 by Bill Wilson (Author and Birds & Beans USA Founder), Katie Fallon  (Author), Leigh Anne Carter (Illustrator). Look, See the Bird! is a beautifully illustrated children’s book which seeks to not only promote curiosity in

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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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Our Values

Our Mission at Birds and Beans is to use coffee, in all its capacities, to improve life on earth in the small ways we can. We choose to invest ourselves into the quality of our coffee, and into supporting our heroic growers who are the defenders of forest habitat in Latin America. We appreciate the simple pleasures of a delicious cup of Bird Friendly® coffee while discussing it’s very contribution to the diversity of life on earth. In a world of cynicism and doubt, we do better.

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Reflecting on 5 Years being Palm Oil Free

Warning!  These images reflect the consequences of our blind consumerism.  Whether you join us or not, we are not buying anything with palm oil. Because we are not going to feed the monster. Single organgutan in the last tree standing after deforestation for palm

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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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