Conservation – Good For Your Bottom Line. Good For The Planet.

As a certified green business, we have a lot to say about careful resource use.  We know from experience that going green can save you money.

Recycle and Compost:

  • Recycling and compost are revenue streams for waste management companies.  Not so with garbage destined for landfill.  The bill you pay is for garbage, not recycling compost.  Produce less garbage and save money.   As of late last year, Peerless has diverted 55 tons of materials from landfill through its waste management programs and saved $20,000 annually.  Consider this:  Recycling and composting not only diverts items from landfill, they can slow global warming.  That’s right, food waste rotting in landfills releases tons of methane gas!
  • Encourage customers to bring their own cups.  Selling reusable travel cups helps the environment and increases sales.

Power Down:

  • Switching from incandescent to compact fluorescent bulbs can save money and energy.  CFL’s use about 66% less energy than incandescent and last 10 times longer.  Switch out just four bulbs and save $159 over the lifetime of the bulbs!

Clean Green:

  • Green cleaning products are becoming more affordable.  Most people don’t know that they are often more highly concentrated than conventional products and can save you money in the long run.  It helps to shop around.

Cut the Tree Use:

  • If you print up menus and flyers, consider using chalkboards instead.  Cut down on paper use by using table tents or plastic sleeves to keep your menus clean and dry.

Flow Slowly:

  • Encourage employees to turn off water when it’s not being used.
  • If you have plants, use leftover water from water pitchers to water them.
  • Install low flow toilets and faucets.

 

The Healing Power of Tea

Feeling under the weather?  Don’t let flu and cold season get the best of you.  It’s the perfect time of year to travel the World of Tea.  Tea is the most commonly consumed beverage in the world, second only to water, and Peerless has been selling delicious and healthy teas for over 60 years!  May we suggest:

 

Rose Hips “Queen of the Flowers”:  Boosts your immune system, calms your mind, and clears your respiratory system.

Chamomile:  Anti-bacterial properties help fight colds, soothe stomach aches, and aids in relaxation to help you sleep better.

Peach White:  White tea has strong anti-bacterial and anti-viral qualities.  A great option when fighting the flu.

From green tea to hibiscus, from white tea to chamomile, teas are chock full of flavonoids and other healthy goodies.

Cheers to good health!

 

Peerless Proudly Features…Rwanda Grand Cru- Kanzu Coffee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A very special offering of a true artisan produced coffee. As rare as a Black Rhino, this light roasted coffee comes from a single washing station high above Lake Kivu surrounded by rainforests.   Creamy body, sweet pear, hints of dark cherry and a toasted honey finish.

Background

 

 

 

 

 

KANZU Coffee Washing Station is located in the Western Province of Nyamasheke. Sitting on the shoulders of Lake Kivu, and a stone’s throw from Nyungwe National Park, the washing station is located on the Rwanda Congo Nile Mountain Chain. The Coffee Washing Station is situated 1800m above sea level, and sources coffee from above 2000m+. The average annual rainfall is 1100mm. The climate, accompanied with the rich, fertile volcanic soils and the high altitude, make this an ideal region for coffee cultivation.

The local population survives on agriculture, cultivating subsistence crops like peas, cassava and banana. Coffee is used as their predominant cash crop. The money earned from coffee helps farmers educate their children, and provide medical care to those in need of it.

Nyamasheke District, Western Rwanda

In 2010, Kanzu only received and processed a total of 7,500 kgs of cherry, and in 2011 the washing station was not operational. In 2012, the washing station processed around 430,000 kgs of cherries, re-engaging the farmers’ confidence in coffee.

Operations

The coffee season in Rwanda runs from March-July. Kanzu receives coffee cherries from farmers and issues immediately to process. Once processed, the coffee is then dried on tables. The CWS employs 50 local men and women during the coffee season. Once dried, the parchment is bagged up and sent to the C.Dorman Rwanda main office in Kigali for further processing and export.

The main goal of C.Dorman Rwanda is to increase coffee production through farmer training and farm input incentives. C.Dorman Rwanda is focused on coffee processing protocol as a means of ensuring quality coffee for its customers, and premium price for the farmer. In 2007, Kanzu was one of the runners up in the Rwandan Golden Cup, and received an award at the Cup of Excellence in 2008.

The coffee form Kanzu Coffee Washing Station attracts buyers of the world’s top specialty coffees including Peerless Coffee and Tea, Stumptown, and Sweet Maria’s.

The Brights: Single origin coffees from Peerless Coffee. Roasted light. Roasted right.

There was a recent article called “Hot Blonde in the Coffee Shop” about the current trend with the mega coffee companies towards a lighter roasted coffee. Doing business in the dark roast world of Northern California, Peerless has been called unfashionable for using a lighter hand when roasting our coffees. So this trend is right in our wheelhouse.

Peerless is grounded in the philosophy that every coffee needs to be roasted to varying degrees to bring out its unique traits, which are most pronounced in single origin coffees. Characteristics of flavor vary depending on the bean, terroir, varietal, and how the “cherry” is processed.

Brightness carries the flavor; without brightness the coffee can taste flat. Lighter roasts tend to preserve brightness, which lets varietal subtleties shine through.

Most of our “Brights “ are estate coffees.  We have visited many of these farms, getting a first hand view of their practices and nurturing business ties that go back three generations.

Single Origin Coffee Primer

For a single origin coffee, the flavor of the beans are heavily influenced by terroir, giving you the complete experience of the region.