Third Culture Coffee is extremely conscientious of the environmental consequences of coffee production. The green beans we purchase from Hani Coffee are shade-grown Arabica coffee beans. This high-quality product requires shade, thus the mass deforestation that often accompanies the establishment of coffee plantations is not a part of our bean-to-cup process. The vegetation that grows amongst these coffee trees preserves Yunnan's natural biodiversity, reduces erosion, habitat fragmentation, and other negative environmental impacts.
Small coffee farmers often experience a cycle of poverty when the cost of their harvest is less than that of the production. However, our green bean supplier, Hani Coffee, pays the farmers above-market wages and invests in the Pu'er, Yunnan community. Third Culture Coffee supports their efforts to improve the water quality and education of the villages in the area.