At Ironwood Coffee Company we have chosen to create a business rooted in social sustainability. Our coffee is sourced ethically, supporting certified Fair-Trade co-operatives, and only the highest quality, specialty grade, organic coffee. We roast to order in our small batch, custom built Wood-Fired roaster. Here, tradition is reanimated, and the art of mastery is honed, bringing you the finest cup of coffee every time. Quality over quantity is of utmost importance.
Our spare time is spent putting the finishing touches on our straw bale house, volunteering to help build local food co-operatives, visiting with our herd of organic, free-range goats, or getting our hands dirty working in our permaculture garden. Here we believe in using every resource available to us to continue to build healthier happier communities and a sustainable & fulfilling way of living.
Our boutique micro-roastery is located on the stony shores of Georgian Bay, in Big Bay, Ontario.
Freshness is one of the defining traits of specialty coffee. All roasted coffee will degrade over time; losing its aroma, acidity, body and taste. To ensure that our coffee gets to its brewing stage as fresh as possible, we roast all of our coffee to order. We roast in small batches, taking a hands-on artisan approach, with precision and attention to detail. Our use of wood as a fuel source has challenged us to relearn the art of roasting, as it would have been done 100 years ago in Italy. All of our wood is harvested locally, being the fuel of choice in our region. It allows our fuel source to be sustainable as well as supportive of small business and local economy.
We source only ethically produced coffee, sourced from some of the world's most reputable growing regions. Each of our single origin offerings is chosen for unique and outstanding flavor. All of our beans are specialty grade, and grown in the understory of the native forest, preserving natural flora and fauna, and habitat for migratory birds. Sourcing our coffee ethically supports the growth and development of certified fair trade co-operatives in remote coffee-growing regions around the world. The fair-trade premium provides security and support for the families and communities involved in these co-operatives. It also protects the farmers; guaranteeing them fair prices for their coffee regardless of world markets at harvest, and provides support in the event of crop failures and natural disasters.
We use minimal packaging, opting for PLA lined recycled kraft paper instead of foil-lined bags with plastic valves. Our labels are made by Pure Labels and are 100% sugarcane paper, Vegan, Fair Trade, and Tree Free.
To the left is an image of an initiative offered by the farmers of our first Direct Trade coffee: Cafe Pionero from Ecuador
We are committed to selling 100% organically grown coffee. Buying organic coffee has a positive impact in every stage of its production. Farmers get a chemical-free work environment and develop more sustainable agriculture practices. The consumer gets a cup of coffee free of pesticides and fungicides. For more information about organic coffee visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Organic_coffee.