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Sustainability

We Implement Sustainable Practices in Nearly Every Aspect of Business

From the beginning, Batdorf & Bronson® Coffee Roasters has been committed to producing outstanding coffee, and to do more than our competitors. We wanted to do more for our farmers, more for our customers, and more for our environment. When running the day-to-day business of our company, we’ve used the same attention to detail that we put into perfecting each of our coffees. Batdorf & Bronson® was the first 100% green-powered coffee roaster in the United States. We know that as we grow our company, we will continue to have even more opportunities to exemplify what a business could do when it focuses on community and sustainability.

We know that as our community thrives, we thrive. We shop and source as many of our products as we can from our local community. We gather fresh-baked pastries from local vendors, use independently-owned office suppliers, and eco-friendly print vendors.

Sustainable Timeline

2000-2010 

2000

  • Batdorf & Bronson® Coffee Roasters becomes the first green-powered coffee roaster in America
  • 4kW photovoltaic panel to produce solar energy to power computers and phones installed at the Olympia roastery.
  • 10-year contract to purchase 100% renewable energy for all Batdorf & Bronson® locations is signed.

2001

  • Reduced our one-yard dumpster to a 95 gallon can.

2002

  • Batdorf & Bronson® receives award for Pollution Prevention & Sustainable Business Practices from the Governor of the State of Washington.

2003

  • Batdorf & Bronson® is awarded the founding member in the EPA's Green Power Partnership.

2004

  • Joins with major Washington utilities and broadcasters on a Green Power Awareness campaign. Over 5,000 consumers sign up to purchase renewable energy in response and receive a coffee gift from Batdorf & Bronson®. Campaign wins national award for marketing.

2005

  • Installed low-flow toilets at our Olympia roastery, saving 250 gallons of water a day.

2006

  • Contract signed to use Green-E logo on coffee packaging, signifying the use of 100% renewable energy. Retail locations begin using compostable corn resin cold cups instead of plastic

2007 Was a Busy Year!

 2007

  • Participated in the 2007 Green Power Awareness Campaign with the utilities of Western Washington and local broadcasters to educate the public on the benefits of renewable energy and increase demand for green power throughout the state of Washington. Over 9000 utility customers signed up for Green Power.

 2007

  • Introduction of 100% compostable hot and cold to-go cups and 100% recycled paper cup holders. This eco-friendly "Green to Go" program is available to our wholesale customers across the U.S.

 2007

  • Batdorf & Bronson® is awarded the Center for Resource Solutions national Beacon Award for Marketing.

 2007

  • Company participates in Lemay/Pacific Disposal pilot program for municipal composting for businesses. Batdorf & Bronson's® three retail local retail stores offer biodegradable and corn plastic service ware that turns to compost in 45-60 days.

 2007

  • Thurston Green Business Award medium business of the year.

 2007

  • Batdorf & Bronson® became a green business certified business through LeMay/Pacific Disposal.

2011-Present

 2011

  • With financial incentives from PSE we replace applicable lighting in our Olympia & Decatur retails stores to CFLs.
  • Replaced high bay, high intensity discharge warehouse lights to 4 lamp T5 florescent, saving 19,000 kwh.

 2013

  • With financial incentives from PSE we replace applicable lighting in our Olympia retails stores to LED.

 2014

  • Recipient of Association of Washington Business Award in Environmental Excellence for Sustainable Communities.

 2015

  • Installed a 9.9kw solar system on our Olympia warehouse rooftop.  Taking advantage of 30% tax credit and a 25% grant from USDA's Rural Energy for America Program (REAP).
  • Participated in a free efficient irrigation check-up for our landscape offered by the City of Olympia. That led to us receiving a new smart irrigation control box and sensor for our landscape. Potentially cutting our water usage in half.

 2017

  • Rotary Club of Olympia Environmental Protection Award for outstanding service for a safer environment.
  • Participated in Earth Month, a community driven campaign to inspire and encourage community member and environmental organizations to connect and collaborate together to increase awareness and involvement during the month of April.

 2018

  • Our second year of participating in Earth Month, a community driven campaign to inspire and encourage community member and environmental organizations to connect and collaborate together to increase awareness and involvement during the month of April.
2019
  • Recipient of the Thurston County Green Business of the Year award - Large Business.
  • New single serve coffee option, Steeped Coffee that incorporates fully compostable packaging with water-based inks that contain no toxic VOCs.
2020
  • Partnering with Terracycle we began a program to collect 5lb. coffee bags from wholesale accounts that we deliver to. Terracycle provides a receptacle to collect and ship these bags to be recycled.
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