At Necessary, we are committed to making choices that support the advancement of a more sustainable coffee industry.
Climate change is perhaps the greatest threat to this goal. While the devastating impact of rising temperatures is already clearly observable in many coffee producing regions, the coming years look considerably more ominous for coffee production according to many scientific models.
The Arabica coffee plant, the source of the vast majority of specialty coffee that is consumed around the world, is highly sensitive to temperature increases. As mean and maximum temperatures continue to rise throughout coffee producing regions, many existing coffee farms will cease to produce a viable crop and the total amount of land with suitable climate conditions for Arabica coffee production will dramatically decrease. Additionally, for many coffee farmers around the world, the direct impacts of climate change are increasingly accompanied by volatile weather events, unpredictable cycles of rainfall and drought, and the increase of pests and diseases that attack coffee plants and are also correlated to rising temperatures.
Necessary was founded to be a home for delicious, easy drinking coffees that represent a genuine investment in specialty coffee as a viable business prospect for producers. An important part of honoring that mission involves paying above-market prices for these coffees, and prioritizing ongoing purchasing with the same small group of producer partners. But paying better prices to farmers, while hugely important, is not enough. Given the scale of the challenge posed by climate change, a commitment to being part of the solution motivates our team to look at all aspects of our business, identifying new opportunities to decrease our carbon footprint, reduce waste, and continue to build a more sustainable company.
With the launch of Necessary’s new 100% Compostable Coffee Pouches, we take another important step on this journey. These beautiful 325g retail bags can be composted in a commercial composting facility or your own backyard in 90 to 180 days.
Certified by BPI® (Biodegradable Products Institute) & DIN.