COVID-19 and How to Stay Safe…

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Coffee friends,

We know that the COVID-19 outbreak has affected many of you already, while others wait to know what the full impact will be. These are uncertain times for everyone in the specialty coffee community & beyond.

I’m writing to let you know that our commitment remains. We continue to do everything possible to provide you with the best coffees, and to support our partners at origin, especially those harvesting, processing and shipping coffees right now.

While there can be a lot of uncertainty and anxiety surrounding the situation. we want to remind you that we are here to support you through this the best we can. CCR is adhering to all official recommendations and taking additional steps to ensure our team is healthy and able to continue their work.

We continue to plan our green coffee buying, which is a based on a fixed seasonal cycle.  We are working to ensure we can fulfill your needs throughout the year, and we are also thinking about our producers who need our support.

Public health is extremely important to us, as well as that of all of the business owners, managers, staff and customers we work with, & It is our duty to help ensure the public safety of our customers and staff.  In that regard, below is what we at CCR are doing to keep everyone safe, & some helpful information to make your space, and the people in it, safer.

– We are encouraging all of employees to work from home whenever possible.
– We require that all employees who exhibit signs of respiratory illness, fever, or cough to stay at home.
– We are supplying all of our employees with disinfectant & hand sanitizer to be used frequently throughout the day.
– We are also mandating thorough hand washing, and encouraging/reminding all employees to avoid touching their faces.
– We will not be holding any in-person company meetings, gatherings, or training exercises until the epidemic has subsided.
– We plan to take particular care when delivering/working in businesses, and strongly encourage all of our customers to notify us if they have any specific needs or requests related to any scheduled appointments or service calls, if these prove necessary at this time.
– We are diligent in sanitizing every touchable surface at our operations: door knob/handle and washing our hands and/or using gloves    constantly.
– All employee international travel is suspended at least until April 12.
– We are not receiving any visitors to our offices for other than pickup. We are not conducting any public cuppings, nor group staff cuppings. This includes our Public Workshops that are currently suspended.
– CCR employees are full-time and have the benefit of health care access through our company. Employees will have our full support during this difficult situation.

Remember to wash hands frequently, avoid touching the face, and practice good general hygiene. Customers and staff may be able to continue to operate and navigate safely with these simple measures implemented, including creating the Spatial Distancing to diminish potential contact between customers.

Specialty coffee relies on a global network of passionate professionals and we know that if we work together, we will be stronger as a community.

Remember, the best way to deal with this situation is to follow real, verifiable science and the CDC. There is a lot of misinformation out there right now. Stay diligent, healthy, support local businesses, and stay caffeinated.

Wash Your Hands Often

Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth

Follow Good Respiratory Hygiene

Please cover your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or a tissue when you cough or sneeze.

Clean Phones, Etc.

Use alcohol wipes (60% or higher) to wipe down common use items, often handled directly with your hands.

Follow Social/Spatial Distancing

Keep a minimum of 6 feet of distance between individuals to mitigate potential transmission

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