Sustainable coffee sourcing
At Espresso House we want to take responsibility for the full coffee circle to ensure we are part of a sustainable coffee future. The first step towards this is to create and maintain good relationships with our farmers, to know where our coffee has grown and under what conditions. We believe that close relationships and cooperation is the way towards transparency and sustainability in the value chain of coffee.
We are serious about providing our guests a high quality, sustainable product assortment relevant for each country. Our core product, coffee, is sourced from different coffee regions around the world and then carefully roasted in our own roastery in Länna, located just outside Sweden’s capital Stockholm. We serve our coffee both hot and cold, in different sizes and flavours, with seasonal relevance and to the taste of our guests.
At Espresso House, we think that only the best quality is good enough for our guests. Therefore, we have decided to only serve Specialty Coffee from selected farms and cooperatives. Specialty Coffee means that the coffee scores at least 80 points on a 1-100 scale, which makes it the highest quality coffee in the world according to the Specialty Coffee Association (SCA). We are today one of the largest coffee shop brands to offer this high quality and by this we are able to make better coffee more accessible. Our Signature Brew, Seasonal Brew and Espresso blend are always Specialty Coffee.
Coffee Sourcing Program
We want everyone to be able to enjoy a good cup of coffee both today and in the future. To serve not only the best coffee but also a coffee that has been sustainably produced is something we strive for and we believe that relationship and cooperation is the way to transparency and sustainability in the supply chain of coffee. Therefore, we visit farms or cooperatives regularly where we show our support and commitment.
In addition to our Supplier Code of Conduct, we are guided by our Coffee Sourcing Program. The program contains routines, actions and principles which we have to adhere to in our work towards ensuring sustainable sourcing of coffee. This program includes internal farm visits and self-assessments and external third-party assessments of the coffee farms and cooperatives. The coordination of the work is done by an internal Coffee Council with members from both Espresso House and Johan & Nyström.
On site we make assessments based on the Global Coffee Platform (GCP) Baseline Common Code framework. The framework follows a number of internationally recognized standards within the Economic, Social and Environmental dimensions. In 2019 we visited 20% of our coffee producers and had several trips planned for 2020. Due to travel restrictions, all planned visits were not completed during the year and we had to cancel some trips. However, we did manage to visit 15% of the producers before March 2020.
In addition we make use of third-party verifications of our coffee farms and cooperatives to ensure sustainable farming practices. This is undertaken by Enveritas.