Rainforest Alliance coffee commits to sustainability

Rainforest Alliance coffee commits  to sustainability

Nicole Caporaso

Appalachian State University’s Food Services is now providing the university with coffee that is Rainforest Alliance Certified.

Heather Brandon, a Food Services specialist, said the price of coffee on campus will not go up and the university will continue to sell local Conrad’s Coffee.

The Rainforest Alliance is a non-profit organization that works to conserve biodiversity, while also improving the lives of those who depend on the sale of this coffee for their income.

According to www.rainforest-alliance.org, the organization works “with forward-thinking farmers, foresters and tourism entrepreneurs to conserve natural resources and ensure the long-term economic health of forest communities.”

The new coffee will be served in Rivers Street Cafe at Roess Dining Hall, Park Place in Trivette Hall and Cascades Cafe in Plemmons Student Union.

“We have been researching Rainforest Alliance Certified coffee for several years as part of our commitment to sustainability and local products, but it wasn’t until recently that it became available through our distributors,” Brandon said.

For Rainforest Alliance certification to be given, the farm or business must meet very high standards that protect ecosystems, improve productivity and maintain the well-being of the local communities, according to www.rainforest-alliance.org.

“As Appalachian is a leader in sustainability, it was important for us to make the change,” Brandon said. “Additionally, today’s diners appreciate and expect quality coffee.”

Story: Nicole Caporaso, News Reporter