Going Zero Waste

Going Zero Waste

It’s inevitable, coffee has to go in cups. Too often in paper cups. Those cups need lids. And those doughnut-smudged faces must be wiped clean with paper napkins, so many, many napkins. When our cargo pockets bulge with croissants and our fanny packs bemoan another muffin we must carry our secret joys in a more conspicuous paper container, our happy box. Our joys add up and all those gleefully soiled papery and used plastic thingys become something. A big something. To be exact, it’s 28 tons of something… each and every year at CREMA. We checked, and it turns out that’s a rather MASSIVE pile.

Pura Vida in Costa Rica - A Barista's Trip to Origin

Pura Vida in Costa Rica - A Barista's Trip to Origin

Three years. That was the mark, the goal. As a barista, one of my employee benefits is a visit to origin after three years of employment. Those who work behind the scenes in coffee may not be phased by an origin trip, but for a barista it is something uniquely different. It gives a new perspective, a new purpose to what we do day-in and day-out...it takes something that is at the risk of seeming menial and mundane and makes it meaningful and worthwhile. This was my experience on my first origin trip to Costa Rica with CREMA. This is my story.