About Us:
A Guatemalan friend and I recently established Earth Friendly by purchasing some of the world’s best coffee-directly from small growers of Guatemala. We paid these growers three times what the traditional specialty roasters have been paying. With the worldwide glut of coffee, traditional roasters have used this over abundance to drive down the price that these indigenous farmers receive for their excellent crop. This phenomenon has made it so that the small farmer cannot even afford to harvest his crop. Many have already had to abandon their farms-in an effort to feed their families.

When Earth Friendly pays these growers a fair trade price for their coffee, we are paying a fair price for the farmer’s superb beans-we are not extending charity. We are in effect saying that we appreciate their quality and refuse to take advantage of them-in order to secure greater profits for ourselves.

We purchase wonderful coffee that is shade grown. This means that the farmers have not clear-cut the forest in order to increase their yield of coffee. Saving the rainforest is extremely important to our environment-and to the very future of earth. In addition, the rainforest provides homes to billions of animals and birds.

Our coffee is chemical free. The small growers use only natural fertilizers, such as those that come from the coffee tree itself. This means that the growers are not exposed to harmful chemicals in their efforts to bring us the best coffee that they can produce. It also means that the coffee consumer does not take in the harmful effects of chemical fertilizers when he/she drinks our coffee.

In closing, we believe that most people would like to drink specialty coffee-if they could just afford it! We believe that Earth Friendly will allow these people to purchase superb coffee, support dealing fairly with indigenous peoples, honor our Earth and creatures the dwell upon it! © 2003

Diane E. Hughes, Founder

Contact Us:
The Earth Friendly Coffee Company™
4350 Wadsworth Blvd, Suite 240
Wheat Ridge, CO 80033
Toll Free 1-866-807-6089
The Earth Friendly Coffee Company™ Website

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English Retreads

About:
Heather English got the idea for English Retreads when she was floating down Boulder Creek on, you guessed it, an inner tube. “I needed a new handbag but I was a hardcore vegetarian. I wanted something that was fashionable and invincible—but not made from leather,” Heather explains. “I didn’t find what I was looking for, so I went to McGuckin’s, [a favorite local hardware store] bought some tools and started my own personal sweatshop—with me doing the sweating.” After friends started asking for a bag just like hers, Heather knew she was on to something and English Retreads hit the road in 2001.

Truck stops in the Boulder area supply Heather with the used inner tubes—each of which probably has more than 60,000 miles on it before it gets reinvented. “Just think of all the places these tubes have been,” says Heather. “Now it’s your turn to add to their miles and adventures.”

Contact Information:
English Retreads
4949 N. Broadway, Suite 147
Boulder, Colorado 80304
phone: 303.258.1625