We know our partner farms personally and visit them regularly.
We systematically minimise our CO2 footprint, for example with our energy-efficient Loring Kestrel.
The milk we use for your flat white in Zurich is produced by cows from the organic farms Birkenhof in Uster and Marchmatt in Reigoldswil.
Together with Oscar from Finca Los Nogales, we planted an organic field of Pink Bourbon coffee trees.
ViCAFE shows its colours. A Queer & A: Voices from and for the LGBTQ+ community. For Pride Week 2020, we created a Queer & A: Voices from and for the community were invited to dispel some urban myths and prejudices.
We build personal relationships with our coffee suppliers. We don’t only get together to talk about coffee, but also about new developments on the farm and how we could sustainably support it.
We personally know the coffee farmers who produce our coffee, and regularly visit their farms in Guatemala, Colombia, Brazil, Honduras, Tanzania, Kenya, Ethiopia, India and Indonesia. It’s very important to us to build personal relationships with them, because it allows us to better understand the concerns and challenges of the coffee farmers and, in turn, more closely connect the product to the producer. We firmly believe that this has a positive effect on quality, and you can find a post on the topic in our blog.
ViCAFE pays prices that are above the average global coffee price. Above all, we pay stable prices so that farmers are less vulnerable to volatile price fluctuations. Thanks to our personal relationships with the coffee farmers, we know exactly how much money ends up on the farms.
Minimising our carbon footprint and using energy efficiently is a daily challenge. While we have already taken the first steps, there’s still a long way to go.
We’re always looking for alternatives. Unfortunately, alternative systems are quite complex, both from an organisational and an ecological point of view (transport, cleaning). In the meantime, we recommend you bring your own reusable cup. Every time you stop by with a reusable cup, we will give you a discount of CHF 0.50.
Only the cardboard sleeves are currently recyclable. The bag itself consists of a composite of plastic and metal. Unfortunately, separation is not possible. Until now, this compromise was necessary to ensure quality. However, new mono-material bags, which we’re currently testing in the Roastery, appear to be a good alternative. We’re considering it as a future option.
We believe that sustainable farming is fundamentally important for our business. We want to cooperate closely with our suppliers in order to be able to pay prices that make sustainable farming possible in the first place, to encourage joint projects, and to use resources to communicate the importance of this approach to farming.
We intentionally avoid conventional certificates such as Rainforest Alliance (RFA), Fair Trade or UTZ. Our personal, trusting relationships with the farmers is paramount. Before we buy coffee from a farm, we make sure on site that the coffee not only meets our quality standards, but also our social and environmental requirements. You can find more details in our blog.
ViCAFE has been certified organic since 2018. At the moment, we sell two coffees with the organic label: Miju from Ethiopia and the coffee from the Aprolma Women’s Cooperative in Honduras. In order to keep costs low for the farmers, we do not use an organic label for our Orangutan coffee from Indonesia. However, the coffee is grown according to the strict Indonesian organic guidelines.