Green Crown Program

​Smelly Cat Coffeehouse & Roastery

OUR MISSION IS TO INSPIRE VALUE IN COWORKERS AND CUSTOMERS EVERYDAY THROUGH THE MEDIUM OF QUALITY CRAFTED COFFEE & FOOD.

For more than 19 years, Smelly Cat Coffee has been serving Charlotte and looking for new ways to bring quality with a conscience.

OUR RECENT DECISION TO BE ZERO TRASH (OR DARN NEAR) BY THE END OF 2020 IS OUR LATEST ENDEAVOR TO DEMONSTRATE VALUE.

Zero Waste, partnerships with local farms such as Two Moons Farms and Neese Sausage, and continuing to purchase Fair Trade & Organic Green Coffee beans when available, are all business decisions that do cost us more but pays off in a different way.

As of July 1, 2019, Smelly Cat Coffee has implemented these environmentally sustainable practices:

  • Zero single use straws, reusable straws available for purchase

  • Zero single use water cups, replaced with reusable glasses

  • Zero single use stir sticks, replaced by long-handled reusable iced tea spoons

  • Zero 5 lb, in-house coffee bean bags, replaced with reusable buckets & Planetary Design inserts to guarantee coffee freshness

  • Zero coffee ground waste and kitchen food waste, partnership with Crown Town Compost which picks up twice a week

  • Eliminated paper cup ordering dependency by installing a new iPad app to send orders to the baristas, enabling customer service to offer ceramic cups “for here” orders as well as offering glass pint glasses for all cold drinks

  • Offer a savings plus an opportunity for people to donate to 6 different charities when customers bring in their own reusable mug

  • Replaced old; inefficient HVAC with a new system, which demands less energy and uses no R22 freon (saving us approximately $150/month in operating costs)

Thank you City of Charlotte for establishing the Green Crown Program to highlight those businesses striving to do better when we know better and encouraging others to do the same. Thank you for honoring Smelly Cat Coffeehouse & Roastery with a Green Crown Certification for 2019.