Category: Sustainability

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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Grab and Go Wraps – Conscious Food!

Grab and Go Wraps are now available. And like all our offerings they are GMO free, Palm Oil Free, Cruelty Free, mostly Organic. They are hardy and delicious. And ready for you to grab in the fridge!

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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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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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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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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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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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GMO Free Eats

At Birds and Beans, it is our pleasure and our aspiration to harness all of our resources and efforts to do better.  And for us, better means in alignment with our core values: quality of life, sustainability, richness of experience, and

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Our Sustainability Record

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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Birds and Coffee

A richer earth. We chose our name to highlight the link between the cultivation of coffee and its impact on ecosystems around the world. The songbird migration that we North Americans witness twice each year is a natural wonder of the

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