We started with the simple idea of creating a coffee company that conserves forests, wildlife and water by selling coffee.
So we looked back into history and decided to support producers to grow coffee as it always had been in the past – amidst forest trees.
Black Baza Coffee Co. started as a conservation project to improve biodiversity found on coffee farms in India. We spent our first four years, speaking to over 300 growers – documenting shade trees, coffee yields, value chains and simply understanding the challenges of farming sustainably.
We found that although India has one of the most sustainable production systems in the world, our coffee was moving rapidly from shade to sun grown.
So we started selling coffee in 2015 to support coffee growers to follow biodiversity-friendly farming, which we define as coffee grown under the shade of indigenous forest trees, without chemical pesticides and with active re-forestation of wildlife-use areas on farms.
We believe that if we could create a market for biodiversity-friendly coffee, we’d be able to build a large community of coffee producers within India and across producer nations who follow ecologically acceptable farming practices.
LOCATED IN INDIA
Our coffee is sourced from the heart of the Western Ghats biodiversity hotspot, from farms across elevational gradients. Some farms fall alongside rivers. Others lie beside sacred forests and wildlife sanctuaries. We source a variety of washed and unwashed Arabicas and Robustas.
The Black Baza Coffee label guarantees that your coffee come from a farm that follows biodiversity-friendly farming practices. Our farming philosophy exceeds the environmental standards of most other global certifications. Our holistic approach ensures conservation and wellbeing at an ecosystem level - for tree and plant diversity, wildlife species, climate change resilience, soil and water quality and livelihood security and recognition for producers with best practices. Result: your cup of coffee is kinder to the environment.
Our partner farms grow coffee under the shade of forest trees. Farms keep at least 60% tree canopy cover and a minimum of 100 trees and 20 species of indigenous trees per acre.
We measure the impacts of our changed farming practices through monitoring diversity of trees, birds, insects, mammals and all sorts of biodiversity.
We reforest farms by planting rare and endemic forest trees that provide critical habitat for a wide variety of wildlife.
NO CHEMICAL PESTICIDES
Our coffee is sourced from set-aside areas on farms that use non-chemical methods of controlling pests.
PROTECT WATER SOURCES
Streams, rivulets and ponds on farms and surrounds are protected from harmful effluents. Reforesting riversides helps prevent erosion and create stable riverbanks.
Sustainable and secure livelihoods for coffee growers and workers is a critical part of our programme. We ensure this through stable prices, long-term guaranteed contracts and capacity building for quality production.
Each cup of coffee is traced back to the ‘conservation block’ on the farm from which the beans were harvested.
Our commitment to sustainable coffee means that we have to meticulously monitor the impact of our changed farming efforts. We have a long way to go but here's a start...
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