Negele Gorbitu was founded in 1996 following the end of communist rule in Ethiopia and the establishment of the Federal Democratic Republic with geographic divisions according to traditional ethnic divisions. With seed capital of 400 birr, 64 original members incorporated the Negele Gornitu cooperative on the border of Oromia and Yirgacheffe regions.
Most coffee packaging comes with a major environmental footprint. Plastic + foil-lined bags (used extensively in specialty coffee & tea) cannot be recycled and last for thousands of years in landfills ...
Merchants of Green Coffee has a strict ‘no plastic policy’ and we have been selling our coffees in what we like to call “premium brown bags” for over 25 years. (And we operate almost 100% plastic-free ... packaging always being an area for improvement)
Our "premium brown bags" are composed of 100% natural materials: post-consumer kraft paper, PLA (corn-based) lining, and a tin-tie. To recycle: Remove the tin-tie and recycle the bag.
A label/seal is required to ensure our coffees are fresh, traceable, and free from tampering. Our standard Merchants’ label/seal is composed of paper and adhesive, and can be recycled along with the bag.