At Dabov, Every Day is Earth Day

It is not difficult to contribute every day with something small to making our common home a truly Green Planet.

Today we commemorate Earth Day. And indeed for most of us this day has become just a time for thought, without any real action. There are people though, who think how to transform every day into Earth Day. Numerous environmental initiatives aimed at preserving our common home, our Green Planet, are becoming increasingly popular.

We decided to proclaim April ‘The Green Month’ and dedicate all our initiatives through it to the preservation of our planet.

We realize that we are part of a system that gives us its fruits … excellent quality coffee cherries, which we enjoy day after day … In order for all this to continue, we must support sustainable practices. Not only here, at our roastery and country but also there, overseas, where our coffees grow. And not just on Earth Day.

Who helps us with this? In the first place, these are

Farmers who follow the path of sustainable development

We work with farmers who are part of various local programs and one of their goals is sustainable development of their municipality and region. In most cases this translates as a better life for the local community of people but also plants and animals. Sustainable development in these farms is understood on a large scale. Farmers aim to preserve the habitat of flora and fauna. That is why no forests are cut down to plant coffee. Among the producers of specialty coffee there are a number of farmers who go further and invest efforts and resources not only to develop sustainable practices on their farms, but also to certify their products with internationally recognized organic certificates such as UTZ, Rainforest and others.

One of those farmers is Dariush Echeverria from Guatemala, whose coffee Guatemala San Miguel Bio we chose for Coffee in April 2022.

We have already written in our blog that the specialty coffee industry is based on the principle of sustainable development. It started because people were looking for better quality coffee. In two decades, world consumption has increased to 10%, according to The Coffee Guide of the International Trade Center. It takes 5 years for a coffee tree to start bearing fruit to be processed and turned into a cup of coffee. And constant and varied efforts to continue this over time.

Although our planet suffers from global warming, disturbed bioequilibrium, and in many coffee-producing countries the percentage of people living in extreme poverty is high, many coffee farmers choose the path of sustainable development, because only sustainability helps to gradually solve these problems.

What we at Dabov Specialty Coffee do to be greener

Firstly, we have invested over half a million levs in a coffee roaster that doesn’t emit in the air emissions harmful to human health (there are several roasters in Europe of this kind). With this we can say that our roastery is completely “green”. We are proud to contribute to a cleaner air in Sofia, even if with a tad, with our Loring roaster.

How about recycling?

And we do not stop here. We have more ideas. We receive constant inquiries about the recycling of coffee packs. Unfortunately our packages cannot be recycled. The material from which they are made to keep the coffee fresh and fragrant is a mix of plastic and aluminum. This is perfect for coffee beans, but not suitable for recycling. To start working with real recycable packages (which have a shelf life of 12 months according to the manufacturer), we need to sell twice as much coffee. This way we will have a bigger turnover and the packages will not become unusable in our warehouse. However, this is the next step that we would like to make. We count on your support – to drink more and better coffee.

A few ideas to make nature even cleaner

At the moment, as an alternative, we invite all of you, our supporters, who want to keep nature clean, to practice two things:

  • buy coffee once a month, but get a larger amount of coffee. This saves harmful emissions from delivery as well as transport packaging. You can even make less harmful emissions if you open less times the Google search engine and our page. Yes, you may say these are few emissions, but they accumulate …
  • buy 1 kg. packs, not 200 g packs. Coffee can be stored perfectly in its original packaging – just keep it tightly closed and taped or wrap around it an elastic band. As we said – our packs have a very high degree of protection.

Even these two basic activities can result in beneficial results. Every time a resourse is wasted – whatever the resourse is and wherever it happens – has a negative impact to all of us who live on this planet.

Package free coffee – in a box of your own

As you know, from the beginning of November 2021 you have been able to buy package free coffee from our stores in Sofia. Since 2008, in our roastery we have continuously searched for an opportunity to offer you recyclable packaging. And we have never given up the idea to give you your favorite coffee as fragrant as it should be, but package free.

When we start roasting the Coffee of the Month, we pack a certain number of boxes with it. We use those boxes to transport the coffee to our shops. These boxes weigh as much as our small pack of 200.8 g.

You can bring your own package in which to receive your Coffee of the Month.

And if you don’t have a suitable box, you can now take advantage of our special offer:

Box with 1 kg Coffee Beans Guatemala San Miguel Bio and a gift – Reusable box for storing coffee

Only between 1 and 30 April 2022 you can take 1kg of our Coffee of the Month, Coffee Beans Guatemala San Miguel BIO – an amazing coffee with remarkably balanced body and rich fruity taste. And it has a number of certificates – Organic Coffee, Rainforest Alliance, Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center’s Birds Friendly Certificate. And we added a gift – Box for coffee with a one-way valve! It is a guarantee that your coffee will remain fresh and with great taste.

Coffee Box “Package Free Coffee” – Coffee Beans Guatemala San Miguel BIO 1kg + Gift

A special offer for the period of 1 – 30 April 2022!

Coffee Beans Guatemala San Miguel BIO 1kg with fruity taste + a gift – Box for coffee with a one-way valve.

We gave up disposable plastic products

And as we’re talking about plastic and recycling, it’s time to announce something that may disappoint our capsules consumers. We decided to stop offering disposable plastic products that are not biodegradable – lids for cups, straws and … coffee capsules … We wanted to offer great specialty coffee in capsules to those who were looking for a better alternative. Very soon we will be able to offer you a variety of special coffee in completely environmentally friendly biodegradable capsules… Look out for them!

Bring your own cup to our shop and get a discount

In all our Sofia locations you continue to enjoy a 5% discount on all drinks if you bring your own cup.

But this is not all! If you still do not have a thermo cup, we have a suggestin!

Get your “Green Box” and we will add a thermo mug as a gift

After all that we have said, it is only logical to also offer you a Green coffee box with a 1kg Coffee Beans Guatemala San Miguel Bio with taste notes of mandarin, red apple, toffee, honeyed sweetness aftertaste and 1kg Coffee Beans Brazil Planalto with taste notes of dark chocolate, orange peel. And we added an irresistible gift – a thermo mug Milove from Hario with which you can carry your favorite coffee drink anywhere you go!

Last but not least, we want to encourage you to choose organic products whenever possible. This is another way to promote sustainable development and save our planet’s natural resources. Of course, we have an offer for you!

Our box with 3 bio coffees now comes with a gift

We put our organic coffees in one box and added a gift! Morning coffee – taste Guatemala San Miguel Bio with fruit flavor. For special moments, treat yourself with a cup of India Gems of Araku #7 2021 – Bio – the finalist from the Indian specialty coffee competition with irresistible fresh taste. And at any other time you can brew a cup of decaffeinated coffee Nicaragua – Bio Swiss Water Decaf. The caffeine from it was removed through the most modern method of Swiss Water Decaf. And the gift is a practical reusable Dabov Specialty Coffee cotton bag in which to carry your coffee packs!

After all these suggestions, we hope that together we can move forward to a cleaner and greener planet, for which we thank you!

The fact that you are reading this article means that you are buying coffee from us, which is great because you are helping us in our fight for cleaner nature and sustainable development.

Think green, be green… Indeed, it is worth it to make each day Earth Day.

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