Better coffee for a better future
Critical Mass is New England’s first and only organic coffee roaster. All our coffee is free of pesticides, molds & toxins – you never have to worry about what’s in your cup with us.
We have a strong passion for preserving our environment and only support sustainable and ethical farmers. As a company, we’re always looking for ways to recycle, create less waste and positively impact the environment.
The canopy of trees that naturally shelters coffee plants is a safe and protected habitat for native birds. Other farms clear-cut forests for agriculture, but our farmers preserve these important natural resources.
We partner with organizations in coffee growing nations that help support communities vulnerable to poverty. Our coffee is traded equitably and we make every effort to ensure that harvester receive a working wage for their labor.
Though more expensive, Arabica contains almost 60% more lipids and almost twice the amount of sugar. These play an important part in not only the flavor, but the aroma and body of the coffee. Arabica beans give coffee a better taste, a cleaner mouthfeel, and a decrease in bitterness.
Organizations we support
In order to become certified, farms must meet criteria of the Rainforest Alliance Sustainable Agriculture Standard. The Standard encompasses all three pillars of sustainability—social, economic, and environmental. Rainforest Alliance Certified™ farms are audited regularly to verify that farmers are complying with the Standard’s comprehensive requirements, which require continual improvement on the journey to sustainable agriculture.
Smithsonian Bird Friendly Program
Established alongside the Café Femenino program, the Café Femenino Foundation is an independent nonprofit that provides grants to select projects requested by Café Femenino’s women farmers to enhance the lives of their families and communities. In addition to generous consumer donations that help fund these projects, participating coffee roasters are required to donate a percentage of their coffee purchase to the Café Femenino Foundation.
Uganda Friends of Mothers Initiative
Friends of Mothers Initiative Ltd is a fair-trade certified and organic coffee producer and exporting organization which is empowering women in coffee. There are about 50 women coffee producers in this organization which focused on coffee production, as well as producing honey. The honey project is part of their social and biodiversity impact plan, with pairs with their clean energy project. They are located on the slopes of Mt. Elgon in eastern Uganda and the organization was founded in 2015. The volcanic soils on Mt. Elgon give the coffee a unique taste and richness in the body. Women make a huge contribution in the production of coffee. Empowering female coffee growers is so important because these inspirational women are helping to pave the way for a brighter future. These women are extremely selective during the harvest, only picking ripe cherries that are pulped within 12hrs to ensure high cup score, thereafter fermented for 24hours, washed and then dried. “We control the quality at the farm, during harvesting and post-harvest handling to ensure that the coffee produced is specialty coffee” said a model farmer in Burukuru, which is located on the slopes of Mt. Elgon.
The Sidama Coffee Farmers’ Cooperative Union (SCFCU)
was founded in 2001 to represent coffee producing cooperatives located throughout the Sidama Zone of Southern Ethiopia. Currently, the SCFCU has grown to represent 47 cooperatives and about 80,000 farmers making the SCFCU the second largest coffee producing cooperative union in Ethiopia. The Nura Korate Cooperative is located in the Dara district of the Sidama zone, at an altitude of 1,700 meters above sea level. .
The Cooperativa Cafe Timor (CCT)
The Cooperativa Cafe Timor (CCT) works with very small farms in East Timor; most land owners own less than a hectare of land. The CCT was established in 1994 with the help of the USDA and NCBA. and in 2001, the cooperative obtained Fair Trade certification. The farms are located in Maubesse, an area of high altitude and a sub-district in the Ainaro district; Atsabe, in the Ermera district; the Lequisa district; and the Aifu region. The coffee from East Timor was originally planted over 400 years ago by Portuguese colonists. However, after an epidemic of coffee leaf rust, the replanting of plants occurred and led to the creation of a new coffee varietal of Hibrido de Timor.
The Timuza Coffee Cooperative
This cooperative represents about 260 smallholder farmers of the Kamano tribal group, located southwest of Kainantu in the hamlets surrounding Namura town in Papua New Guinea. Average farm size is 1.4 hectares per family, with adjacent gardens for cultivation of food crops such as sweet potato, taro, and cassava. Farmers have received training and assistance in financial management, gender equality, coffee husbandry and standards for processing through local partners. The harvest takes place from April through September, with selective harvest of ripe cherry, manually pulping, fermentation in traditional bilum bags, washing, and full sun-drying. In 2016, Timuza placed 1st in the National Cupping Competition.