Behind Our Christmas Coffee

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Every year, we celebrate the holiday season with a special holiday coffee.

It’s always a coffee which sums up our core values, and one that tastes so delicious that every cup feels like Christmas come early.

But this year – the year that we became carbon negative – we wanted to do something even more special than usual. We’re celebrating Christmas 2021 in many different ways, and they all start with C...

OP26  

This year, the UK proudly played host to COP26, the 2021 iteration of the United Nations Climate Change Conference.

There’s never been a more urgent time to try and lead the change. As we enter a critical decade of climate action, this summit has been one of the most consequential climate events since the negotiation of the Paris Agreement in 2015.

After all, in order to build a more sustainable, resilient and zero carbon future, we need a transformation of the whole economy. That includes coffee.

ARBON NEGATIVE COFFEE COMPANY

Non-state actors need to help drive change. And as an independent coffee company, we’ve long been committed to going above and beyond for the planet.

This year, we became a carbon negative coffee company. All of our coffees have been certified carbon negative, too, and our coffee pods were even nominated for an Amazon Innovation Award for their forward-thinking carbon negativity.

Carbon negativity and climate action are right at our company’s heart. That’s why this year’s limited edition Christmas Coffee needed to reflect that.

HRISTMAS COFFEE 

Sure, all of our coffees are carbon negative. But we’ve never seen a coffee that does so much for the environment before it reaches your cup as the Santa Anita.

A carbon-busting Costa Rican that boasts barrels of flavour, this fruity festive offering has tasting notes of chocolate, poached peach and orange blossom.

So it tastes good, while doing good.

OSTA RICA

Why Costa Rica? Well, the Central American country, home to 6% of the world’s biodiversity, have been going above and beyond when it goes to taking action on climate change.

Back in 2015, they made a pledge to become carbon neutral by 2021 – an ambitious target that has since seen them become one of the greenest countries on the planet, with more than 99% of their energy coming from renewable sources.

In collaboration with the private sector and international partners, the Costa Rican government have turned their heads to Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs), the first one being all about one of the country’s biggest industries: coffee.

The NAMA Café de Costa Rica focuses on things like efficient energy usage, reducing fertilisers, supporting agroforestry, undertaking carbon footprint audits and designing and implementing low-emission technologies.

This NAMA aims to reduce coffee’s carbon footprint and future-proof sustainable coffee production, as well as to lay the foundations for extending NAMAs to other agriculture systems.

ARBON NEUTRAL FARM

NAMA or no NAMA, Enrique Navarro Carvajal’s farm, Santa Anita, is one of the most environmentally impressive coffee producers on the planet.

Shaded by the rainforest it supports, this picturesque farm has paved the way for climate action in coffee. Farming techniques have been adapted and technological investments made, making Santa Anita the first coffee farm in the world to be certified (by NAMA Café) as carbon neutral.

While their coffee is renowned for its flavour quality, it’s Santa Anita’s dedication to being an industry leader in sustainability that sets the operation apart.

From their solar-powered energy to their five hectares of conservation area on its grounds, this is a climate-friendly coffee farm worthy of celebration this Christmas.


SANTA ANITA

No, Enrique Navarro Carvajal isn’t Father Christmas.

But once you’ve tasted his coffee, you’ll feel like he’s given you a gift – as well as a gift to the planet we call ho-ho-home.

Kiss the Hippo Team



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