Coffee Bean International wins Portland’s BEST award for sustainable practices

Portland’s BEST “Green” Coffee
Publish Date: 
April 26, 2011

Coffee Bean International was honored last week with a Best Practices in Sustainability (BEST) Award from the City of Portland’s Bureau of Planning and Sustainability. BEST Awards celebrate businesses demonstrating an extraordinary commitment to sound environmental, social and economic practices. Coffee Bean International won in the in the category of medium-sized business.  The Pacific Northwest specialty coffee roaster for private brands was among seven companies from the Portland metropolitan region who were recognized at the 19th Annual BEST Awards ceremony.

“We believe our biggest environmental impact will come as we continue to grow our business and work with partners who collaborate with us to develop innovative ways to reduce coffee’s collective carbon footprint,” said Coffee Bean International CEO and President Patrick Criteser. “We are thrilled that the results from our efforts have been recognized by the city leaders. Such an honor will help us to achieve our goals to reduce our impact to on the environment, to continue to improve the social equity of coffee growers and to develop programs and practices that evolve the quality of specialty coffee.”

Some of the practices that earned Coffee Bean International Portland’s top award for sustainability include operating one of the first LEED® Silver-certified roastery in the Pacific Northwest, developing programs around recycling that contribute to 100 percent organic waste composting, and reducing natural gas usage and corporate travel by 60 percent and 25 percent respectively, all while fostering a culture that encourages creativity around identifying new sustainable business strategies. Coffee Bean International’s current sustainability report can be found on the company’s website.
“Sustainability at Coffee Bean International has evolved in a very holistic way,” said Product Manager Sarah Beaubien. “Our LEED certified roastery has been a great step in helping us operate efficiently, but it is one part of our bigger commitment to contributing to social, economic as well as environmental programs that positively affect the communities we live and work in.”

“With so many local businesses committed to integrating sustainability in their products, services and operations, this year’s winners have distinguished themselves as true leaders in green innovation,” said Portland Mayor Sam Adams. “The City of Portland is proud to cultivate an environment where businesses that embrace social and environmental sustainability thrive and prosper.”

About The Best Awards
The 2011 BEST Awards are presented by the BEST Business Center, a program of the City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, and sponsored by Energy Trust of Oregon, Bureau of Environmental Services, Water Bureau, Portland Bureau of Transportation, Portland Development Commission, Metro and Chinook Book.   

About Coffee Bean International, Inc.
Founded in 1972, Coffee Bean International is a visionary coffee company in the heart of the Pacific Northwest. As one of North America’s first roasters of specialty coffee, its unwavering commitment to handcrafted quality and sustainable business practices has earned it respect and a place among the coffee industry’s premier roaster/wholesalers. Coffee Bean International serves more than 2,000 active customers, including many independent specialty coffee retailers and prestigious larger, quality-oriented chains. Coffee Bean International operates out of a LEED® Silver certified roasting facility and invests in partnerships, direct trade and certification programs which support improving coffee quality and coffee growers' lives and communities world-wide.  For more information, visit us online at