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Standups Stand Up to Cancer at BRC, You Can Too.

Stand Up to CancerStop by Brooklyn Roasting Company’s 25 Jay St. cafe on the evening of September 5 and join the viewing party for the Stand Up To Cancer Telethon followed by a 90 minute live comedy show.  The party starts at 7:30pm, no admission fee required but donations are accepted.  All donations benefit Relay For Life and The American Cancer Society.  Brooklyn Roasting Company is proud to support the cause with our Relay Roast, distributed in partnership with the American Cancer Society.

Coffee of the Month: Guat Antigua

Our September Coffee of the Month is grown in rolling volcanic foothills of the Atitlán region of Guatemala.  The microclimate of the region is tropical and humid and, combined with rich clay-like soils, provides the ideal conditions for a range of varietals such as Bourbon, Typica and Mundo Novo.  Rainforest Alliance and Organic certified, our Guat Antigua is grown at Finca Ceylan, the premier estate in the region.  Atitlan coffees have a flavor profile is similar to coffees grown in nearby Huehuetenango – creamy chocolate, nice complexity to the body, some lemon and floral accents.   This Ceylan coffee has more citrus notes than the Huehuetenango and the chocolate is more cocoa than milk chocolate. The farm also cultivates a variety of fruits and nuts as shade crops for the coffee bushes.  Guatemalan coffees tend to be some of the most complex of all Central & South American coffees.  This month, 12 oz cans of Guat Antigua are $1 off all web and cafe purchases (discount automatically applied).

 

Upcoming IPCC Report Presents Harsh Warnings On Climate Change

IPCCIn climate news this week, the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is readying a new report on the future effects of climate change.  A 127-page draft obtained by The Associated Press details a stark view of what’s causing global warming and what it will do to humans and the environment. Global warming is here, human-caused and probably already dangerous — and it’s increasingly likely that the heating trend could be irreversible, according to the draft. It also describes what can be done about it.

To quote the draft, “Continued emission of greenhouse gases will cause further warming and long-lasting changes in all components of the climate system, increasing the likelihood of severe, pervasive and irreversible impacts for people and ecosystems.” The final report will be issued after governments and scientists go over the draft line by line in an October conference in Copenhagen.

Depending on circumstances and values, “currently observed impacts might already be considered dangerous,” the report says. It mentions extreme weather and rising sea levels, such as heat waves, flooding and droughts. It even raises, as an earlier report did, the idea that climate change will worsen violent conflicts and refugee problems and could hinder efforts to grow more food. And ocean acidification, which comes from the added carbon absorbed by oceans, will harm marine life, it says.

Without changes in greenhouse gas emissions, “climate change risks are likely to be high or very high by the end of the 21st century,” the report says.

Learn more about the IPCC here.   Co.Exist recently published a look on climate change and the future of coffee, which is worth reading as well.

BRC’s Cup Sharing Program Featured in The L Magazine’s Best Of Brooklyn

spec1The L Magazine compiled a list of 100 of the best (and worst) things to happen to Brooklyn this year.  Among the highlights was Brooklyn Roasting Company’s pilot program with Good-To-Go Cup, which aims to curb waste by providing our customers with reusable cups.  Dubbed the “Best Hyperlocal Environmental Project”, the cup-sharing program has helped us curb waste and has become the preference for many of our regular customers.  Read the whole list here.

The Associated Press Profiles BRC’s Commitment to Fair Trade Coffee

Jim Munson AP Fair Trade Brooklyn RoastingThe Associated Press took a look into Fair Trade products and focused on Brooklyn Roasting Company’s commitment to serving and selling Fair Trade coffees.  The article looks into the process of Fair Trade certification and what it entails for producers, manufacturers, customers and the Fair Trade organization itself.  Fair Trade USA estimates the domestic market at $2 billion which, for now, makes up just a sliver of U.S. grocery sales. To quote the article, “demand for Fair Trade products is rising as people become more aware of how their food and other products are made. That makes the Fair Trade market a growing opportunity for small business owners.” “In a thoughtful urban center like New York City, I think it’s a smart business decision to be the company known for responsible coffee sourcing,” co-owner Jim Munson says.  Read the rest of the article here.