Last week, we shared a first look at our first new coffee of 2012, a rich, all-organic blend of shade-grown coffees from Ethiopia, Guatemala and East Timor with notes of dark cherry, cocoa and honey. Today, we’re excited to announce the inspiration behind the blend: a collaboration with the 12,000 Rain Gardens project.
In support of Stewardship Partners and Washington State University Extension’s 12,000 Rain Gardens campaign to reduce flooding and runoff pollution into Puget Sound, we have officially released the 12,000 Rain Gardens Blend. Vita is donating 10% of the purchase price of each bag towards the installation of 12,000 rain gardens in the Puget Sound area by 2016.
Each year, 14 million pounds of toxins enter Puget Sound. This pollution is primarily cause by rainwater runoff from our streets, driveways, lawns and rooftops. Rain gardens take advantage of rainfall and stomwater runoff in their design and plant selection. The 12,000 Rain Gardens project will capture, filter and infiltrate 160 million gallons of pollution that would otherwise flow untreated into the waters of Puget Sound.
12,000 Rain Gardens Blend is available at our seven Washington cafes and in our online store. Be on the lookout for events and promotions in the community as we help clean the waters of Puget Sound one cup at a time.
To learn more about rain gardens, including where you can find them in your neighborhood and how to build your own, visit 12000raingardens.org.