TWO GENERATIONS ago, my grandfather, R.S. Lambert (pictured at right), along
with his two partners founded the Lone Jack Mine, which launched the Mt. Baker gold
rush in 1897.
Almost over-night -- in fact, before "old Russ" could get back to the
Lone Jack claim near Twin Lakes -- a tent city of eager, java-drinking prospectors
sprang up in the remote reaches of the North Cascades.
Today there is no gold left in the shafts of the Lone Jack and Lulu Mines, but the
aroma of great coffee still wafts out of the mountains into the valleys below, where
discriminating coffee drinkers enjoy its wonderful taste.
Lone Jack Coffee harkens back to those pioneer days, while looking forward to the
future. Lone Jack Coffee is about values, both human and environmental. For that
reason we at Lone Jack roast only 100% Organic, Shade Grown and Fairly Traded beans.
Our goal is to be a responsible business that supports an eco-friendly and humanitarian
atmosphere on the planet. The farmers and communities of remote regions around the
world face a number of environmental and socio-economic challenges. These include
deforestation, soil erosion, loss of wildlife habitat and low and unstable incomes.
The organization, production, technical assistance and higher prices for certified
organic coffees help these remote farmers by being able to generate a better income
for themselves and improve the economic basis in their communities. Committing to
using only 100% certified organic, shade grown beans graded to the highest specialty
standards makes us and our customers feel like we are making a difference.
100% Certified Organic
Certified 100% Organic coffee means that no chemicals have been used in the entire
process, from farm to cup. This reflects our commitment to the health of our customer
and to the environment.
Shade Grown Coffee
We use shade grown coffees exclusively to protect native native birds and plants
and to aid in stopping the destruction of global rain forests. Moreover, the slower
growing shade grown coffees can reach greater flavor potential and quite frankly
produce a better tasting cup of coffee.
Fairly Traded Coffee
Large organizations like the Fair Trade Organization have compromised the fate of
the small farmer. Standards have been lowered for the use of the Fair Trade logo
from around 10% to only 2% of coffees that must be purchased Using Fair trade practices.
We don't think that's the way to go. We help the small farmer receive a fair price
by using local grower co-ops to buy directly from the farmer. 100% of our coffee,
not 2%, is purchased for a fair price Directly from the small farmer. We call this
-- Russ Lambert, owner Lone Jack Coffee