Life on Earth

Sustainability is at our core.  Since we began, this has grown into a realization that we, humanity, are shaping the mix of life on earth.  Here we write about, choice, values, community and consciousness.

What is Bird Friendly Coffee?

What is Bird Friendly Coffee?

Bird Friendly coffee is grown in a forest! …
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A Different Cup of Coffee

A Different Cup of Coffee

More than 10 years ago, we set out to create a different kind of company – one that would give …
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A Different Kind of Travel Cup

A Different Kind of Travel Cup

Reusable, yes. But you know we always go one further, right? We have a pool of these so you can …
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2019 Christmas Coffee: Snow Bunting

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 …
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New, Beautiful, Compostable Packaging

New, Beautiful, Compostable Packaging

We are excited to finally be launching our refreshed packaging!   Our redesigned bags are beautiful!  …
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3 Billion Birds Gone

3 Billion Birds Gone

Changing to Bird Friendly coffee is meaningful and achievable …
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Is Online Shopping Bad for the Environment?

Is Online Shopping Bad for the Environment?

Recently online shopping has come under scrutiny for its carbon footprint. But is the criticism universally applicable? …
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Toronto Climate Strike

Toronto Climate Strike

36 pictures instead of more words! …
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Closure to attend Climate Strike Toronto

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 …
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Celebrating 10 Organic Years with New Packaging

Celebrating 10 Organic Years with New Packaging

We are celebrating 10 years of organic certification!  We passed our first organic audit under the (then) new Canada Organic …
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Grab and Go Wraps - Conscious Food!

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 …
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Birds and Beans Café's Curator's Corner

Birds and Beans Café’s Curator’s Corner

As Birds and Beans Café approaches its 15th year anniversary we decided to celebrate by launching our Curator’s Corner!   Over …
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Boreal Organic Fruit Smoothie with a Paper Straw

Boreal Organic Fruit Smoothie with a Paper Straw

This year we kick it up a notch with Ontario’s Boreal Organic and Biodynamic Fruit and a Paper Straw! If …
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10th Spring Bird Festival at Samuel Smith Park

10th Spring Bird Festival at Samuel Smith Park

Thank you to Jessica Iraci for the beautiful poster this year!!! Those of you in the Toronto Area, I encourage …
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Earth Day 2019

Earth Day 2019

Howler Monkey on a Bird Friendly coffee farm in Nicaragua This morning on Earth Day I awoke to an inbox …
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Climate Change and Bird Friendly Coffee

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 …
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Proud Signatories

Proud Signatories

We humans share collective responsibility to protect the natural health of Ontario, Canada and the planet. Species at risk in …
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REUSEit Travel Mug

REUSEit Travel Mug

Enjoy our great new reusable ceramic travel mug.  They are handsome and practical.  They hold a 16 oz beverage. The …
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Amplify your Coffee Drinking Experience

Amplify your Coffee Drinking Experience

Our coffee growers are on the front line preserving forest ecosystems…. All of these pictures were taken on Bird Friendly …
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Birds and Beans Gives more than a Hill of Beans

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 …
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Biodegradable Straws: Its the Little Things

Biodegradable Straws: Its the Little Things

Some of you might recall the viral video of the sea turtle who was lucky enough to have the plastic …
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Reflecting on 5 Years being Palm Oil Free

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 …
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Certified Organic Coffee is a Big Deal!

Certified Organic Coffee is a Big Deal!

When we say our coffees are Organic, we mean all of our coffees are certified organic by Ecocert Canada …
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Why we avoid Almonds at Birds and Beans

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 …
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GMO Free Eats

GMO Free Eats

At Birds and Beans, it is our pleasure and our aspiration to harness all of our resources and efforts to …
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Meet the New Bird Friendly Seal!

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 …
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Bird Friendly® Certified Coffee according to Dr. Robert Rice

Bird Friendly® Certified Coffee according to Dr. Robert Rice

Quality habitat for as far as the eye can see! As we near the end of the summer, many of …
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Grow a Tree in Your Cup

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 …
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Help Monarch Butterflies by planting Milkweed

Help Monarch Butterflies by planting Milkweed

A Monarch Butterfly visiting a Bergamot plant in our patio garden. On a related note – we add our voice …
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To Bee or not to Bee

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 …
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What Bird Friendly® Looks Like in Nicaragua

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 …
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Gaia Estate - A Bird Friendly® Coffee Grower's Perspective

Gaia Estate – A Bird Friendly® Coffee Grower’s Perspective

A guest post from Jefferson Shriver and Gabriela Narvaez are Owners of Gaia Estate, Diriamba, Nicaragua: The planet is becoming an increasingly …
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2 ways to grow coffee

Valuing Eco-services on Bird Friendly Coffee Farms

Human activity has had a dramatic effect on our world. Shopping malls stand where forests once stood. A once pristine …
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Water is Free at Birds and Beans Café

Water is Free at Birds and Beans Café

We are no longer selling bottled water at the cafe. [update: we now sell boxed water if you want it to …
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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 …
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Every Day is Earth Day

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 …
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Coffee Birds in our Backyard

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 …
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Why Birds and Beans Café is palm oil free

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 …
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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 …
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Carved Baltimore Oriole

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 …
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Our Sustainability Record

Our Sustainability Record

Our mission at Birds and Beans is to use coffee, in all its capacities, to improve life on earth in …
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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 …
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On certifications, Birds and Beans is Soaring above the Crowd™.

It takes more than a pretty picture of a bird to be Certified Bird Friendly! At Birds and Beans we …
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