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Regenerative Coffee?

We’re always looking for new ways to bring regenerative thinking into the office and explore what it means for architecture.

In this newsletter we highlight two very important aspects in the Black Pine office - regenerative design and coffee!  We use the pursuit of regenerative coffee farming, as a vehicle to explain how it could be applied to architecture.

We then look at the many benefits of selecting recycled materials for ethical design - especially how it can help support brand identity for your business.

Read on to learn more and feel free to let us know your thoughts!


July 2021

Duncan Sinclair - 027 487 7766
In this Issue:
Regenerative Coffee
- The Problem
- The Solution
- Translated to Architecture
Reduce, Re-Use, Recycle 
General overview with a link to the article on our website

Regenerative Coffee?
The Problem

Coffee runs the world! Well, not really, but here at Black Pine (as in many architecture offices) we’re not immune to a beautifully prepared caffeine fix! 

Unfortunately, much of the coffee farmed around the world isn’t grown with the intent of replenishment. Coffee production has become a large-scale global industry. With this increasing demand, pressure on coffee farmers to ‘produce more’ is also increasing.

‘Modern’ ways of farming include ‘Sun grown coffee’. This is plantation style growing that requires extensive use of fertiliser and results in soil erosion and biodiversity loss.  

Although producing increased yields in the short term, this style of farming is bringing a premature end to our daily enjoyment.  

It is estimated that between 50% - 80% of the land currently used to grow coffee, will not be suitable for cultivation by 2050. 
Coffee Plant

The Solution

Regenerative farming is one answer, working with natural systems, instead of against them, with a focus on the health of the soil. 

In this method, coffee plants are interspersed beneath a canopy of mature trees, mimicking the way coffee grows naturally. This provides a better habitat for birds and other fauna, which then control the insects allowing for higher yields.

What’s more, the presence of vegetation amongst coffee plants reduces the need for intense herbicide preparations, supports forest snakes and spider fauna, and protects topsoil effectively.

From a consumer level, our actions have a large impact in the future of coffee. 
Favouring Fairtrade coffee with it’s more transparent supply chain, is one way to help farmers transition to more regenerative methods.

It is a conscious decision we make; but in that choice lies the power to positively contribute to the lives of thousands of people round the world, and regenerate our land.

(Perfect Daily Grind)
Translated to Architecture

What if we asked “could we design a built environment that was beneficial for humans and other species?”
Just as in agroforestry, architecture could strive to work with it’s local ecology, rather than against it.  
Our buildings could be designed and operated to reverse damage and have a net-positive impact on the environment.

What if we designed to integrate the needs of society with the integrity of nature?
It could be a process that was participatory, iterative and individual to the community and environment it was applied to. It might revitalize communities, human and natural resources, and society as a whole.

It might create a better place for us all to live. That’s what we’re working towards.

From a human level, our role has a large impact on the future. It is only a choice, but in that choice lies the power to contributing to regenerating our land - it's in our hands. 

Taking full advantage of this month's topic, we are giving a special shout out to two coffee shops that keep the office’s gears churning.
Article Café 

Article Café is a long-standing coffee shop in our home Whanganui and have supplied us with our much needed morning kick for ages. The vintage decorated store located in the original Chronicle paper building is a favoured spot for many locals and rightfully so. The shop has acted as a destination for many office outings, architectural meetings, and industry events. Article's devotion to authenticity ranges from their organic and fair-trade coffee from Devils cup, to their eclectic range of second-hand goods and their display of local art.
Shift Espresso bar

Across the Indian, our extended Cape Town office has had its morning fix abundantly supplied by locally-based coffee shop franchise, Shift Espresso bar. The modern, upbeat destination in the heart of the city has helped us loads with welcoming staff and impeccable cuppas. Their dedication to wholesome service is translated through their fresh ethically and locally sourced ingredients, including their locally-roasted coffee beans.

To hold ourselves accountable and inspire you, we include our office's monthly carbon reading with every newsletter! 

The month of June is
0.111 tCO2e

With the approaching winter months, the cold weather have naturally spiked our carbon count!

For more clarity this month, we're sharing these graphs below that indicate the office's cumulative carbon emissions and monthly usage respectively. A major turning point for our footprint was switching the office car from petrol over to electric, which significantly flattened the curve.
Carbon Graphs
LBC Petal - Material

Reduce, Re-Use, Recycle
Ferdowsi Cafe
Regenerative design should be applied to all aspects of architecture, and there are many ways to have it influence material selection. One such way is recycling, which solves countless environmental problems that we must face. Additionally, it is a powerful way for businesses to demonstrate their environmental dedication, and create a unique brand identity.

Read more below to learn about this and the many ways to source recycled materials. We even look at how recycling has influenced the design of coffee shops!

The Living Building Challenge format takes the form of a flower with seven Petals organising a project into performance areas. In our newsletters, the various topics of discussion are identified with the relevant Petal, helping to place it in context.

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