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BE A PART OF THE SOLUTION

COFFEE IS BOTH PROBLEM & SOLUTION

Over the years of fieldwork trying to find whether coffee is sustainable, our founder, Praveen Ponraj, discovered that coffee is a superpower which can either create a climate crisis or solve it. He listed all social and environmental injustices currently happening in the Global Coffee Value Chain and strategized solutions for each one of them. We call those solutions as Climate Wave Coffee Solutions, an effective climate action framework to solve climate crisis by harnessing the superpower of coffee.

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COVERING ALL LINKS OF GLOBAL COFFEE VALUE CHAIN

CLIMATE WAVE COFFEE SOLUTION

1.1

Grow coffee plants under the shade of trees

Deforestation

TARGETED PROBLEM

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1.2

Grow coffee plants along with diverse native shrubs, plants, and trees

Monocropping and soil erosion

TARGETED PROBLEM

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1.3

Grow coffee plants in a biodiversity-rich forest environment that provides food and shelter to wild animals and birds

Extinction of animals, birds, and overall biodiversity

TARGETED PROBLEM

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1.4

Choose natural farming techniques to grow coffee plants

Usage of toxic fertilizers, pesticides, and weedicides

TARGETED PROBLEM

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2.1

Pay coffee fruit pickers fairly and treat them with respect

Unfair treatment of coffee fruit pickers

TARGETED PROBLEM

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2.2

Deploy dedicated teams or indigenous or modern techniques to track wildlife ethically and inform coffee pickers

Human wildlife conflict

TARGETED PROBLEM

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3.1

Choose coffee processing techniques that preserve water

Pollution of rivers and creeks by effluents and green waste

TARGETED PROBLEM

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3.2

Choose coffee processing techniques that conserve water

Intensive water consumption to process coffee

TARGETED PROBLEM

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3.3

Ensure the green waste of coffee production does not enter freshwater streams

Limiting freshwater access to indigenous communities due to pollution

TARGETED PROBLEM

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TARGETED AREA IN GLOBAL COFFEE VALUE CHAIN

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4.1

Transport green coffee beans in reusable and recyclable containers

Single-use plastic pollution

TARGETED PROBLEM

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4.2

Pay coffee producers fairly and treat them with respect

Unfair treatment of coffee farmers

TARGETED PROBLEM

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TARGETED AREA IN GLOBAL COFFEE VALUE CHAIN

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5.1

Use refrigerants with the lowest GHG emission potential currently available in the market

Use of refrigerant

TARGETED PROBLEM

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TARGETED AREA IN GLOBAL COFFEE VALUE CHAIN

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5.2

Store green coffee beans in reusable and recyclable containers

Single-use plastic pollution

TARGETED PROBLEM

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6.1

Use energy-efficient roasting machines powered by renewable energy

Extensive use of fossil fuel

TARGETED PROBLEM

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6.2

Use multi-use plastic-free roasted coffee packaging

Single-use plastic pollution

TARGETED PROBLEM

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7.1

Use reusable coffee filters or 100% tree-free filters

Deforestation due to paper filters

TARGETED PROBLEM

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7.2

Pay living wage and beyond for hospitality and food service members of the coffee value chain and treat them with respect and inclusion

Social injustice in hospitality side of coffee value chain

TARGETED PROBLEM

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7.3

Use toxins-free cleaning solution for coffee equipment maintenance

Water pollution due to machine maintenance

TARGETED PROBLEM

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7.4

Use the right tools to eliminate coffee & milk waste

Poor choice of tools and techniques that lead to food waste

TARGETED PROBLEM

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7.5

Train and educate baristas to eliminate coffee & milk waste

Work culture not prioritizing reduction of food waste

TARGETED PROBLEM

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7.6

Use low-carbon-footprint milk specific to the geography of operation as default

GHG emission due to non-coffee ingredients dominantly used in the coffee industry

TARGETED PROBLEM

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8.1

Discourage disposables culture and offer incentives to dine-in and BYOM culture

Pollution due to disposable cups

TARGETED PROBLEM

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9.1

Compost spent ground or create new compostable products with spent coffee grounds

GHG emission due to mismanagement of spent coffee grounds

TARGETED PROBLEM

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10.1

Help relieve fear and convey the message that individuals already have the superpower to contribute to solving the climate crisis

GHG emissions due to paralysis and inaction due to severe climate-anxiety

TARGETED PROBLEM

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THE AUTHOR'SNOTE

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My love for nature and coffee compelled me to delve deep into the social and environmental sustainability aspects of the influential Global Coffee Industry. This journey led me to author an efficient climate action framework that has the potential to solve the climate crisis if we, as coffee enthusiasts, work together. I am eager to share the thought process behind creating this framework, hoping that professionals from various industries worldwide will develop their own climate action frameworks to combat the climate crisis. Let's join forces to reverse global warming.

With Coffee & Love,
Praveen Ponraj
Author, Climate Wave Coffee Solutions

IMPLEMENTING CLIMATE WAVE COFFEE SOLUTIONS THROUGH

INTEGRATED PROGRAMS

CLIMATE ACTION IS MY CAFFEINE

The Climate Action is My Caffeine Program is an annual emissions capture challenge led by That Sustainable Couple, the founders of Climate Wave Coffee. Founded in 2024, each year, our founders set a target for emissions capture and use a nano-batch coffee roasting machine, known for its sustainability, to roast climate-positive coffees. Passionate community members who are committed to addressing the climate crisis can purchase these roasted coffee beans for home brewing or gifting. With each purchase of a full 1-kilogram batch, they contribute to coffee forests capturing 17 kilograms of greenhouse gases from the environment. To track their individual emissions capture, participants can utilize our Sustainable Coffee Passport program, which is integrated with the program.

TIP COFFEE FARMER

Tip the Coffee Farmer is the main program that will enable Climate Wave Coffee to achieve its vision of transforming monoculture coffee farms into biodiversity-rich coffee forests. The program collects donations from coffee enthusiasts around the world to hire coffee farmers who specialize in natural farming practices. These farmers then assist monoculture farmers in transforming their land into coffee forests that capture and store carbon, create ecological balance, and reverse global warming.

COFFEE PEOPLE CONNECT

Coffee People Connect is a series of interactive coffee events focused on climate action, hosted by various coffee professionals in British Columbia. The events aim to share knowledge about the art of sustainable coffee-making, inspire climate action, and foster connections among coffee people.

COFFEE INSTITUTE FOR CLIMATE ACTION

Coffee Institute for Climate Action is a program that implements Climate Wave Coffee Solutions, a climate-action framework that identifies and offers practical solutions to social and environmental injustices occurring in the global coffee value chain. The program offers professional coffee skills training, develops business case for sustainability, crafts sustainability strategies for coffee professionals, and conducts sustainable coffee research.

SUSTAINABLE COFFEE PASSPORT

Sustainable Coffee Passport is a web application that allows coffee enthusiasts to find standardized, easy-to-understand transparency details of different coffees, track emissions capture, share personal tasting notes of any coffee with fellow coffee enthusiasts worldwide and support coffee roasters' passion for the art of coffee crafting by purchasing their beans for home brewing.

CLIMATE-POSITIVE CAFE COLLECTIVE

Climate-Positive Cafe Collective is the flagship program of Climate Wave Coffee. It aims to support coffee shops in British Columbia that serve climate-positive coffee by helping them reach a larger customer base, increase sales, and foster long-term relationships with their team members, customers, and suppliers.

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