Dukes Coffee Roasters is a group of like-minded individuals who share a love and passion for great coffee while maintaining a focus on social and environmental responsibility. Dukes is a proud member of 1% For the Planet, a not-for-profit network of businesses from around the world who have committed to creating a healthy planet. In the decade since ‘One Percent’ was founded, 1,400 member businesses have invested more than $100 million in environmental change.
Through 1% For the Planet, Dukes has pledged 1% of annual sales to the preservation of the natural environment. For the past two years, Dukes has chosen to support forest preservation and conservation projects through Carbonfund.org and to neutralize a portion of Dukes’ business operation emissions with their donation.
For the folks at Dukes Coffee Roasters, coffee quality is more than just the flavour in the cup; environmental and social sustainability stand at the heart of everything the company does, dedicated to reducing any negative impact on the earth and supporting the communities that take part in their coffees’ production process. All Dukes coffees are ethically traded and sourced from individual farms or small cooperatives. Each lot of coffee is traceable down to farm level, and there’s a preference placed on purchasing organically grown coffees when possible.
The Dukes roasteries in Melbourne and Perth, Australia produce freshly roasted coffee each day. Each lot is carefully selected and then profiled, tweaked and cupped rigorously before being made available to customers. Dukes also serves the coffee it roasts in its own cafes and coffee bars. The Dukes team of baristas is also a vital part of the quality control process; they provide constant feedback to help tweak the coffee singles and blends.
The Dukes Coffee Roasters’ approach to environmental responsibility within its own business is a great example of leveraging a commitment to the planet while reducing its own operational impact by supporting the protection and preservation of critical forestry around the world. Carbonfund.org is proud to partner with Dukes and with 1% For the Planet in these efforts.