A Cup of Common Wealth

We see A Cup of Common Wealth as something bigger than just another place to get a caffeine fix — we aren’t looking to be Tambourine Men. We’re looking to provide for everyone what draws us to the industry – the community, the culture, and incredible cups of carefully crafted coffee.

Coffee flows through our lifeblood. Hot cups of coffee have served as both teachers and friends over the years, but more importantly, they have provided a venue to create and cultivate our lives’ most meaningful relationships. Whether it’s been in cupping rooms, origin trips, Tuesday night Redeyes, esoteric coffee shops, big cities, little towns, or in a mass barista training, the sense of community has always been present and powerful.

That is what A Cup of Common Wealth is designed to provide: a place to celebrate each other. A place to share smiles and stories, conversations and banter, to make new friends and reconnect with old ones…all facilitated by fine, artisan mugs of coffee.

The same sense of community we find in coffee is what makes the Bluegrass State a true home. To celebrate Kentucky is to celebrate community.

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Current Sustainable Practices

Sustainability Management and Green Team

  • Designate a Sustainability Coordinator or Green Team responsible for managing sustainability initiatives.
  • Hold quarterly Green Team meetings.
  • Provide time for quarterly updates from Sustainability Coordinator in upper management meetings.

Awareness, Education, and Outreach

  • Provide volunteers for community environmental projects annually.
  • Host an environmental event at your location

Energy Efficiency

  • Establish a power-down policy and checklist that includes items such as shutting off lights at night.
  • Establish a regular filter maintenance policy for your HVAC system.
  • Have your HVAC system evaluated every 2 years by a certified service provider.
  • Establish a dress code that encourages employees to dress for thermal comfort.
  • Install energy efficient (i.e. Energy Star) rated windows in all conditioned spaces.
  • Assess building envelope and address any leaks.

Waste Reduction and Recycling

  • Implement a basic recycling program.
  • Provide clearly marked recycling bins at work stations and/or in common areas. Recycling bins must be paired with a waste bin.
  • Train and require janitorial service or staff responsible for cleaning to segregate waste and recyclable materials.
  • Use reusable mugs and dish ware instead of disposable plates, cups, and utensils.
  • Establish a policy for environmentally friendly printing such as two sided printing, reusing copy paper, and electronic document sharing.
  • Replace at least 50% of paper stock with post-consumer recycled paper.
  • Develop or participate in an existing composting program.

Water Conservation

  • Install water efficient toilets in all of the restrooms.
  • Install outdoor ash trays to prevent cigarette litter, and make pocket ash trays available to staff who smoke.

Transportation Efficiency

  • Adopt a telecommuting option and make it available to employees.
  • Install a bike rack with sufficient space for at least 10% of your employees.
  • Install weather-protected bike storage (indoor or outdoor).
  • Participate in a bike to work challenge.

Pending Certification