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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.

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

SUP2C FlyerStop 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.

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.

BRC supports The West Coffee Shop

the westThe West, a Williamsburg coffee shop who proudly serve Brooklyn Roasting Company coffee, posted a letter to their website about a new neighbor moving in.  In just a few days, Williamsburg will get it’s first Starbucks and it will be located just a block away from The West’s location at 379 Union Avenue.  The West is ready!  To quote the post, “To some this seems emblematic of the end of an era, but [The West believes] this chain establishment will only help to highlight the best of what a locally owned business has to offer.”” In response to the Starbucks opening, The West’s owner, Esther Bell, says, “We have bathrooms too… no seriously we’ve always been about supporting the community—we have great locally roasted coffee, craft beer, and cocktails. But above all, we partner with artists, web developers and programmers for presentations, fundraisers, screenings, and readings.  Our neighbors come to us because they feel we are an extension of their home, or a comfortable place to work and have a good time.”

What makes The West special, in addition to coffee, is the staff and the atmosphere. It is a quintessential neighborhood spot. Authentic warm and relaxing atmosphere, fantastic backyard, walk up window, a place to meet friends and hang out all day. At the West, almost all the staff are foodies and coffee fanatics. People interested in great coffee and food, and who take the time to do things right. Coffee and Food isn’t just “a job,” it’s a passion and career.  Right now they are serving our Brazil SSG (also BRC’s Coffee of the Month) on drip and cold brew. Their cold brew is fantastic, caramel and chocolate notes; like coffee as desert.  For Espresso they are using our Sumatra Espresso. It’s a classic New York Espresso, nice and nutty with a chocolate finish.

So join us in continuing to support The West, who have made a point of carrying local vendors such as Brooklyn Roasting Company, Dona Chai, Two Moon Shortbread, and Dough Donuts. Plus, unlike Starbucks, The West (just like BRC) uses non-GMO local farm fresh milk from Battenkill Cream.  Read the whole post here and check out Brooklyn Magazine’s recap as well.  

 

Other news in brief:

Lay’s Newest Potato Chip Flavor: Cappuccino?

Coffee run: Caffeine boosts performance in the heat