Rasmus Cafe’s success with climate change coffee

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By Graham Chalmers

A Harrogate cafe has made a clear show of support for the first climate change coffee to help protect the world’s forests.

Stylish, Scandinavian-inspire Rasmus Café on Royal Parade served Source Climate Change Coffee to customers from Monday to Friday.

Sally Rasmussen, who runs Rasmus, said: “We were delighted to be serving Source Climate Change Coffee. Not only is it a great quality gourmet single origin coffee, but we have total traceability on the supply chain and we know what the farmers conservation efforts are.

“We like to encourage our customers to think about the provenance of their products.”

Also in attendance all week at the cafe near Valley Gardens was Cristina Talens who has worked alongside thousands of small farmers, indigenous people and plantation workers in coffee, tea and cocoa in more than 14 countries across Africa, Asia and Latin America.

Cristina created Source Climate Change Coffee after seeing for herself the growth of climate change.

It’s the first single origin gourmet coffee which incentivises small farmers to plant trees in these ecological hotspots.

Source Climate Change Coffee, was served initially at the Eye on Earth Summit in Abu Dhabi in December 2011, and Source was one of 50 organisations to be officially greeted by Bill Clinton. It was also served at Rio +20 Climate Change Event In Brazil 2012.

Part of the Source Climate Change Coffee profits are donated to support the development of radio training programmes for small farmers in Africa on their crops and markets, sustainable land management and climate change.

Christina said: “Forests act as giant carbon banks, when the trees are cut down, they release carbon into the air, thereby contributing to the global problem that is climate change.

“It is estimated that 20% of global greenhouse gas emissions come from the continued destruction of the world’s forests.”