QUESTION: I really like the new coffee at Circle K with their bean-to-cup machines. Where does Circle K get their coffee beans? – Matt E
ANSWER: While most convenience stores are not known for high quality coffee, circle k customers might just have a different experience when they stop for their morning cup of coffee. Circle K stores use only new sustainably sourced coffee blends. Circle K. stores partner with S&D Coffee & Tea to source beans and develop recipes for light, medium, dark and other roasts. Their coffee blend is sourced from sustainable farms in South America and Uganda, and is 100% Rainforest Alliance Certified. 100 percent of Circle K coffee is sustainably sourced, and there is no place else in the convenience store industry that can say that.
You can get a decent cup of hot coffee from Circle K, especially with the installation of bean-to-cup coffee machines. At least you know you are getting fresh coffee.
What does that actually mean though, sustainably sourced?
With Circle K, here is what they say it means for them.
They say the sustainably sourced coffee program is built around three pillars: farm productivity, environmental practices, and social development. The coffee beans will come from participating farms around the world while providing valuable tools, training and services to coffee farmers and their communities.
Additionally, farms where these coffees are sourced, actively promote the following:
- No child labor
- No form of slavery or forced labor
- Trainings on applicable local and international labor and employment laws
- Trainings on, but not limited to, critical health, occupational safety topics, and worker rights and conditions
- Gender equity
- Soil conservation
- Forest conservation and biodiversity
- Water protection, waste management, efficient energy use
- Environmentally responsible agriculture
We know at least some of the beans come from Columbian coffee plantations, because one of the options at the Circle K grind and brew machines is 100% Columbian.
We don’t, however, know if Circle K is directly working with all these coffee plantations, or if they are using a third party to source the beans that does all of this work on their behalf.
Either way though, it’s pretty exciting that you’d find 100 percent sustainable coffee with high-quality coffee beans from a convenience store! Who would have thought? Circle K coffee is a great option for convenience store coffee if you are in a hurry on your morning commute.