Mary­land cof­fee com­pany sup­port­ing the en­vi­ron­ment

Dorchester Star - - Front Page - By VIC­TO­RIA WINGATE vwingate@ches­pub.com

CAM­BRIDGE — Thanks to Ch­e­sa­peake Bay Roast­ing Com­pany, Dorch­ester County res­i­dents now have the op­por­tu­nity to sup­port the health of the Bay with their morn­ing cup of cof­fee.

Rick and Tom Er­ber cre­ated CBRC dur­ing what they re­fer to as the “great ex­pan­sion of Star­bucks.”

“Star­bucks brought forth the ‘spe­cialty cof­fee ex­pe­ri­ence’ through their line of

stores that served cof­fee by the cup,” said Joshua Richard­son, busi­ness devel­op­ment man­ager for CBRC. “There were cer­tainly com­pa­nies that had this model be­fore-hand, but there’s no doubt Star­bucks rev­o­lu­tion­ized how peo­ple saw cof­fee as a whole. The in­dus­try was turn­ing to an ar­ti­san ap­proach to cof­fee; how it was sourced, roasted, and crafted into drinks.”

Richard­son ex­plained that the Er­bers wanted to cre­ate a com­pany that ac­tively sup­ported the com­mu­nity, all while cre­at­ing a mem­o­rable cup of cof­fee.

The Ch­e­sa­peake Bay is the largest es­tu­ary in North Amer­ica, and such a sig­nif­i­cant part of what makes the State of Mary­land tick. CBRC’s fa­cil­i­ties are lo­cated in Crofton, Md., in the heart of the wa­ter­shed, and thus the Bay is their largest en­vi­ron­men­tal fo­cus.

How­ever, the com­pany also sup­ports many other en­vi­ron­men­tal and com­mu­nity causes through­out the state.

“We, as a com­pany, en­sure that the prod­ucts we sell have a method of help­ing to pre­serve or re­new the Bay in some shape or form,” said Richard­son. “Whether that be aid­ing in plant­ing oys­ters through the can sales that pro­mote the Oys­ter Re­cov­ery Part­ner­ship, do­nat­ing time and cof­fee to events with en­vi­ron­men­tal cleanup fo­cus, or through our H2O ini­tia­tive, which do­nates 2 per­cent of the pro­ceeds of des­ig­nated cof­fee prod­ucts to or­ga­ni­za­tions that do im­por­tant work in Bay cleanup. Wa­ter is the world’s most pre­cious com­mod­ity, so as we grow as a com­pany, our goals to ex­pand our own cleanup pro­grams will grow.”

Other ex­am­ples of CBRC’s com­mit­ment to such causes in­clude: part­ner­ing with the Mas­ter Gar­dener pro­gram in An­napo­lis for com­post­ing their or­ganic pro­duc­tion waste, do­nat­ing a por­tion of Light­house can sales to the Paul’s Place out­reach pro­gram in South­ern Bal­ti­more, and tak­ing their cof­fee truck to events such as 5k races sup­port­ing char­i­ta­ble causes.

Richard­son said the com­pany would love to sup­port wa­ter­shed preser­va­tion ac­tiv­i­ties across the Del­marva Penin­sula in 2018.

While the Del­marva Penin­sula is a rel­a­tively new mar­ket for CBRC, there are al­ready plenty of places to pur­chase their prod­ucts across the Shore. In Dorch­ester County, it can be found by the can at Sim­mons Cen­ter Mar­ket and by the cup at Black Wa­ter Baker y. It can also be pur­chased on­line as ground, whole bean, or sin­gle serve cups.

It is also avail­able at sev­eral lo­ca­tions in Sal­is­bury, Ber­lin, Ocean City, and more. CBRC has worked with lo­cal dis­trib­u­tor East­ern Shore Cof­fee and Wa­ter to ex­pand avail­abil­ity on Del­marva.

“We were ex­tremely ex­cited to work with another lo­cal com­pany with such a strong pres­ence in the area,” said Richard­son. “They’ve re­ally opened a lot of doors for us.”

For fall, CBRC is fo­cus­ing on the ever pop­u­lar pump­kin spice fla­vor. The hol­i­day sea­son will see a cin­na­mon gin­ger fla­vored cof­fee ar­rive, along with a spe­cial Hol­i­day Blend or­ganic dark roast cof­fee.

For more in­for­ma­tion or to con­tact CBRC, visit their web­site at www.cbr­c­cof­fee.com.

PHOTO BY VIC­TO­RIA WINGATE

Ch­e­sa­peake Bay Roast­ing Com­pany brewed up free sam­ples for guests at Sim­mons Cen­ter Mar­ket’s 80th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tion in Septem­ber.

PHOTO BY VIC­TO­RIA WINGATE

Ch­e­sa­peake Bay Roast­ing Com­pany’s cof­fee is avail­able for pur­chase by the can at Sim­mons Cen­ter Mar­ket in Cam­bridge. Sev­eral va­ri­eties are of­fered, in­clud­ing spe­cial and sea­sonal fla­vors.

PHOTO BY VIC­TO­RIA WINGATE

Ch­e­sa­peake Bay Roast­ing Com­pany’s cof­fee is avail­able for pur­chase by the can at Sim­mons Cen­ter Mar­ket in Cam­bridge. Sev­eral va­ri­eties are of­fered, in­clud­ing spe­cial and sea­sonal fla­vors.

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