100% of our green coffee beans hold three key certifications:
"The Café Femenino coffee program is one-of-a-kind ethical sourcing model committed to ending the cycle of poverty affecting women coffee farmers across the world. Café Femenino provides direct compensation to women farmers, along with the opportunity and resources to enact positive change in their communities and on their own terms."
To participate, Café Femenino cooperatives must provide their women farmers with access to a host of political and economic benefits, including:
Legal rights to the land on which they farm
Leadership positions within the cooperatives
Financial and Business Decision-Making Power
Direct payment for their coffee including a Café Feminino Premium
Further, the Café Femenino foundation offers grants to women farmers to improve their farming operations, communities, and infrastructure. We encourage everyone that enjoys Saw-Dog Coffee to consider including the foundation in your annual giving. https://cffoundation.org/
Early on in our roasting journey we fell in love with fluid bed roasting. We found that this method allowed us to take the bitterness and burnt taste out of dark roasted coffee by roasting them exclusively with forced hot air. Our beans never touch a hot metal surface and the chaff that comes off the beans during the roasting process is blown out of the roasting chamber so it doesn't end up burning along side the beans as they roast.
Beans vary from region to region and farm to farm. Each one with their own unique qualities. We experiment with beans from our Café Femenino producers and dial in the exact roast profiles to bring out the best flavors of each. Once dialed in, each profile is digitally programmed to ensure that you are getting the same quality in every bag of Saw-Dog Coffee you order.
Business decisions from Saw-Dog HQ (aka, our dinner table) take into consideration not just profits, but also how that decision affects people and the planet. Second only to oil, coffee is the most traded commodity in the world. You can get a cup of coffee almost anywhere in the world, but every cup is not created equally and there is a story behind each bean. We do our best to ensure that when you drink a cup of Saw-Dog Coffee Roasters coffee you can do so with the confidence that your coffee has traveled a responsible path. Here are a few things we do!
All of our beans are Organic, Fair Trade, and Cafe Feminino Certified. We take seriously the impact that the coffee industry has on its farmers, their communities, and the earth.
Our packaging is simple. On purpose. We use compostable kraft bags. The liner is plant based instead of the typical petroleum based liners. So rip off the stickers, repurpose the tin tie and compost your bags with your spent beans!
In 2018 we installed 14 solar panels onto the roof of the roasting hut. This was an expensive but important move for us to utilize renewable resources where we were able. Our roasters do utilize propane for the heating component of roasting. Our goal is to move to natural gas or (dreaming big here!) fully solar powered roasters in the future!
In 2015 Mary had just given birth to our daughter Sawyer and we were finding ourselves feeling awful and helpless as we watched stories on the news of families fleeing Syria. As much as the distance and complexity of the issues overwhelmed us we were compelled to act.
A coffee roasting business had always been a dream of ours. Linking that dream to making a difference made perfect sense. We began testing beans and roast profiles, sharing with our friends, getting feedback and researching. We decided to use one of our daughter's nicknames for the business. We were stumped on a logo until our friend and amazing illustrator, Katie Vernon, created a hilariously perfect logo that we couldn't resist.
Our mission is to connect your love of coffee to doing some good in the world. We have committed to 10% of our profits to go to charity with our first injections going to the White Helmets in Syria.
We are grateful to everyone who has given us a try. If you haven't yet, pop on over and snag a sampler pack and we are confident you will taste the difference!