March is B Corp Month, and we could think of no better way to celebrate than to highlight what we love most about being a B Corp: the community of businesses we are so grateful to be a part of! Ever since first becoming a B Corp in 2016, we have enjoyed collaborating with other like-minded businesses on fun products and projects. In this blog post and in Part Two, we’re highlighting five collaborations we have with other B Corp companies.
First of all, what is a B Corp?
According to B Lab, the certifying organization for B Corps, “Certified B Corporations are businesses that meet the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability to balance profit and purpose. B Corps are accelerating a global culture shift to redefine success in business and build a more inclusive and sustainable economy.” There are currently over 2,500 Certified B Corporations in more than 50 countries.
#1 A to Z Wineworks & REX HILL
Barrel-Aged REX HILL Pinot Noir Coffee
We were first introduced to A to Z Wineworks and their sister company, REX HILL, soon after becoming a B Corp in 2016. The winery was founded in 2002 by a group of Oregon wine industry veterans and based in Oregon’s beautiful Willamette Valley. They are known for offering dependable, excellent quality wines at a good value. They also have a deep commitment to taking care of the land through responsible viticultural practices.
We have become good friends with the folks at A to Z, and they have welcomed our team in to tour their facility and participate in tastings with them several times. A few years ago we got to talking, and had the idea to condition raw, green coffee beans in A to Z’s Oregon pinot noir wine barrels. A new coffee was born: the Barrel-Aged REX HILL Pinot Noir coffee. This roast is available occasionally on a limited basis through Nossa Familia and at REX HILL’s tasting room in Newberg.
#2 Hopworks Urban Brewery
Survival Stout & Other Special Release Beers
We've enjoyed drinking local, sustainable Hopworks beers for a long time, and were thrilled to officially start working together on collaborative products and projects in 2016. Our first collaboration with Hopworks was a hard cider infused with cascara — the skin of coffee cherries that is typically a waste byproduct from coffee production. Soon after, Hopworks began using Nossa Familia's Certified Organic coffee beans in their Survival Stout, as well as serving Nossa coffee on drip at their pubs. In 2018, we also collaborated on an exclusive beer sold at New Seasons Market stores: the Next Generation Coffee Porter. The porter included our Next Generation Roast coffee from young Guatemalan coffee farmers, brewed with oats for a creamy texture. We love working with Hopworks for their shared values around sustainability, supporting local cycling causes, and commitment to producing a delicious product. And, of course, great beer!
Upcycled Coffee Sack Products for KEEN & Upcycle Coffee Kit
Looptworks is a unique company with a story and purpose like no other! Founded in 2009 by apparel industry veteran Scott Hamlin, Looptworks’ goal is to use excess materials to make create new products. They are pioneers in zero waste fashion and consumer goods, working to close the loop on a path to a circular economy.
We first started collaborating with Looptworks with the Upcycle Coffee Travel Kit (no longer available), which was an upcycled leather handle bar bag featuring brewing supplies and a bag of our Full Cycle coffee. We’re excited to be working with them now through our friends & partners at KEEN on a line of upcycled products made from Guatemalan coffee sacks from the New Denim Project. Learn more about the KEEN Harvest Collection with Nossa Familia coffee sacks, now made in Portland by Looptworks.
#4 GloryBee Honey
The Bee Sting Latte
We love honey, and we love honey even more when it supports a good mission! GloryBee is a family business operating since 1975 in Eugene, Oregon, with the mission of bringing natural, healthy ingredients to people in an ethical way. The created a SAVE the BEE Initiative to help with protecting honey bee health by increasing awareness and education on the importance of bees, and funding scientific research on protecting bee colonies.
We are proud to feature GloryBee Honey products at our cafés, especially in one of our signature drinks: the Bee Sting Latte. This drink was invented by one of our baristas a few years ago and has become a beloved staple in all of our cafes since. It’s a honey & spice latte made with GloryBee honey and a warming blend of spices, including cardamom, cinnamon, and cayenne.
#5 Fully & The Joinery
Jarvis Standing Desks at our Seven Corners Café
When we first started designing our Seven Corners Café located at SE 20th & Division in Portland, we knew this café was going to be different. The café itself is located in the ground floor of the Seven Corners Collaborative, a building that serves as a hub for several nonprofits working to provide essential services to folks in our community experiencing disability. With that in mind, we wanted to create a café space that recognized the physical realities and needs of our future customer base. This required thinking outside of the box of traditional café style furniture, with something more flexible in mind.
We rang up our friends at Fully, a Portland-based B Corp office furniture company, to ask about adding a couple of their Jarvis Standing Desks to our space. We called on another B Corp, The Joinery, to create the beautiful Oregon White Oak wood tops for the desks to fit the aesthetic of the café. We couldn’t be happier with the result, and now our customers get to enjoy these desks everyday in the café!