Why Humblebee Coffee?
hum•ble•bee or huhm-buh l-bee
Any large hairy social bee of the genus Bombus that nest in underground colonies. Prior to World War I the humblebee as referred by Charles Darwin was the original and common term for the bumblebee. Bees are so crucial in maintaining ecosystems and in crop production as they are pollinators. Simply put, the existence of most fruits, seeds, nuts and other crops are dependent on pollination by bees. In turn, the animals (including us humans) that eat these foods depend on bee pollination for its continued supply.
A smart man once said, “If the bee disappears from the surface of the earth, man would have no more than four years to live. No more bees, no more pollination, no more men!” These days you don’t have to be Einstein to recognise the alarming effects that a drop in worldwide bee populations is having on agriculture and biodiversity on our planet.
Arabica coffee is self-fertile but bee pollination enhances quantity and quality of yield.
The name Humblebee Coffee was chosen as tribute to bees for all the above reasons. They are some of the hardest working creatures on the planet, and because of their laborious work ethic, we owe many thanks to this amazing yet often under appreciated insect.