Carbon Sequestration Program


For immediate release


Vivace owner David Schomer, in partnership with the Cascade Land Conservancy Land Stewardship Program, has planted 2000 native conifer trees in Seattle’s Interlaken Park. The planting took place on March 11th and 12th and included Western Red Cedar, Hemlock, and Sitka Spruce. The planting was conducted by Cascade Land Conservancy staff, EarthCorps crews, Friends of Interlaken Park, and community volunteers recruited through Vivace’s staff and customers.

“I read the paper every day and never read any good news regarding global warming, so I decided to make some.” says Schomer. “To me it is a matter of taking responsibility for my own carbon generation and giving something back to the city and its residents which have treated Espresso Vivace so well.”

Roasting coffee generates carbon dioxide (CO2)by burning natural gas. Schomer, in coordination with CLC Stewardship Director Pieter Bohen, has designed this small scale carbon sequestration program with the goal of absorbing an equivalent amount of carbon to Vivace’s annual output. Pieter Bohen states, “We have not yet conducted a carbon audit of the Vivace coffee roasting operation, however David is already discussing more plantings, which will only accelerate the timeline toward Vivace becoming a ‘Carbon Neutral’ operation.� Once the baseline carbon sequestration data for this project has been verified, it will allow us to replicate this program to other coffee roasters and small businesses.� This will provide an exciting opportunity for small business to assist with urban reforestation throughout Seattle.”

This native replanting was performed in conjunction with a long-term habitat restoration program conducted in part by the Friends of Interlaken Park, the City of Seattle Department of Parks and Recreation, and non-profit restoration organizations such as Cascade Land Conservancy and EarthCorps. States Seattle Parks’ Senior Urban Forester Mark Mead, “Of the 3,700 acres of Seattle’s publicly owned urban forest, over 85% of these forests are dominated by red alder and big-leaf maple which are near the end of their natural life span.� In an undisturbed natural condition, this process would have prepared the forest for a second re-colonization by the longer-lived conifer species such as western red cedar and western hemlock. However very few of the native conifers were left to produce the seed for conifer regeneration, and the lack of understory growth of new trees is now compounded by the spread of invasive plants such as English Ivy which suppress the germination and re-seeding of all native plants and trees.”

Innovative forest restoration projects, forward-thinking businesses such as Vivace Coffee, and multitudes of community volunteers will ensure that the next generations of Seattle citizens will enjoy the beauty of urban old-growth forests such as Seward and Schmitz Parks.

Contact info:

David Schomer
Espresso Vivace 901 E. Denny Way
Seattle, WA 98122

Pieter Bohen
Lands Stewardship Director
Cascade Land Conservancy
615 Second Ave.; Suite 625
Seattle, WA 98104

Espresso Vivace plants over 4000 Sitka Spruce trees in Seattle’s Interlaken Park for 2005.

Following last year’s dry April in Seattle our first planting suffered a 90% kill rate. Working with Cascade Land Conservancy, Vivace has planted over 4000 Sitka Spruce for 2005.

We believe that global warming presents the most significant threat facing humanity in the early 21st century. Scientists now agree that human combustion is responsible for our climate shifting.

We see the solution in a “million points of light”. Simply put: if everyone who understands and accepts the science takes responsibility for their own carbon emissions, we will far exceed the Kyooto Protocol, and stay within the free market system that has made the US a great economic power.

Turning our own carbon dioxide into oxygen is our point of light in the blizzard of dismal news on our climate. And, we are restoring the natural balance to a jewel of Seattle: Interlaken Park.