It's an honour each year to invite the winner of the World Barista Championship
to visit our decaffeination facility in Burnaby, British Columbia, just outside of Vancouver. This month we were thrilled to host 2017 WBC champ Dale Harris
from the United Kingdom for a day of coffee tasting and knowledge-sharing as well as some sustainability-focused Earth Month activities.
After giving Dale a "Decaf Origin Tour" of our plant and the unique process we use to decaffeinate coffee without added chemicals, we were excited to taste coffees together and talk about the growth and potential of decaf in today's coffee landscape, and about Dale's own goals in and for coffee.
As much as we like to show off our decaf, it was our next two activities we were the most excited to share with Dale. First, we headed to our sister company Seaforth
, our Supply Chain arm in the shipping and transport of green coffee. At the Seaforth warehouse we met up with our friends from Pacific Foods
, a company well known to Canadian and US baristas and coffee people for their tasty and versatile alternative milks. The company is also known for its sustainability measures and quality organic food offerings—both of which fuel their Nourish Every Body initiative, which helps supply hungry schoolkids with meal boxes. At Seaforth, our combined teams including Dale packed up more than 320 meal boxes with foods donated by Pacific, the majority of which were sent off to Britannia Secondary School in Vancouver. Though we didn't send any coffee, the feeling of sustainability + community + coffee people teaming up together to provide for those in need was uplifting enough!