The results are in: researchers from the University of Ghent, in Belgium are reporting that our reforestation partner in Ecuador, the Mindo Cloudforest Foundation (MCF), is at 107% of its reforestation based, carbon-offset project goals. We owe all of our customers and supporters a big thank you, because of you we were the initial catalyst and now continuing supporter of not only Ecuador’s only Rainforest Alliance validated standards project, but a project the regenerates critical habitat and creates sustainable jobs in one of the earth’s wettest, most bio-diverse spots right on the equator.
“With deep gratitude Mindo Cloudforest Foundation our staff and all involved thank Tiny Footprint Coffee customers for their support of our CO2 mitigation project. It takes a team to put together a project like this, and we look forward to future collaboration in the fight against climate change.” – Brian Krohnke, President MCF.
Since its conception in 2009, Tiny Footprint Coffee has worked with the Mindo Cloudforest Foundation (MCF) to rehabilitate previously clear-cut portions of cloud forest in northwest Ecuador. With a proof of concept start from us, and growing quarterly payments based on our sales, the project has grown over the past 7 years to include major funding from Telenet, a large Belgium telecom company (we’re still relatively tiny). To date, MCF has planted 533,291 trees and removed a calculated 282,799.48 metric tons of CO2 from the atmosphere. In addition to reforesting and restoring habitat MCF has three other active programs.
- Conserving bird habitat in their old growth cloud forest reserves.
- Fostering birding and other types of ecotourism
- Facilitating scientific research of NW Ecuador’s cloud forests