Taylor Wilson, Conservation Technician and Outreach Assistant
As we move into the new decade, it’s great to see people doing things that benefit the environment. Especially when a business is integrating ecological integrity to their business model. Wood Warbler Coffee is a small batch coffee roaster located right here in Noblesville on the corner of 8th Street and Chestnut. What are they doing for the environment? Purchasing and supplying Bird Friendly Coffee.
What is Bird Friendly Coffee?
Bird Friendly Coffee is a certification awarded by the Smithsonian to coffee growers internationally. The certification requires shade grown coffee with a 39-foot canopy level and 90% native ecosystem. This means that the coffee is grown natively among a balanced, diverse range of native plants, insects, animals, and fungi. As you would expect, having all native plants, relatively old growth forests, and a noninvasive harvest is great for the world’s soil and water! Additionally, shade grown coffee has a fresher, smoother taste. There are only 23 Bird Friendly Coffee roasters in the United states, and now we have one in Hamilton County.
The Certification Process
Farms are certified by a third-party inspector. The farmer is then awarded a certification of inspection for every bag (see right). The certification is then passed down the line of transactions all the way to the coffee roaster to ensure your coffee is certified.
About the Business
Wood Warbler coffee opened on August 22nd, 2019 in Noblesville. Currently they roast all their coffee in house in small batches and ship it out to customers same day. Wood Warbler offers 6 varieties of Bird Friendly Coffee. Coming up in 2020 they plan to expand to cold brew and offer it in several coffee establishments around the county.
Wood Warbler Coffee partners with several ecological agencies. Partners get a coffee named after their organization or mission and 10% of those coffee sales. Additionally, Wood Warbler does a coffee roasting demonstration and a Bird Friendly Certification presentation. These can be done at events, workshops, or wherever else. Raising awareness is Wood Warbler’s main goal. There are relatively few bird friendly coffee roasters so it can be difficult to find information on this certification. For more information check the Smithsonian’s certification page and Wood Warbler Coffee’s website. This coffee can be purchased locally for pickup or be shipped to your doorstep. Make sure to visit Wood Warbler’s Facebook page for more information and coffee sales!