High Standards, Low Waste: Talking Sustainability with Filter Coffee

This week we’re chatting with James Little, owner of Filter Coffee Parlor in the Five Points neighborhood in Birmingham. Filter opened in 2019, not long before the pandemic began. We learn how the business had to pivot (and pivot again!), and how they’ve landed on their sustainability-focused ethos, as well as how they relay that to their customers. Filter is also focused on providing work-life balance for every team member, and James describes the steps they’ve taken to get there and how it’s been received.

Mentioned in this episode: 


REV Birmingham

Church Street Coffee and Books 

The Starbucks Experience: A Localist Christmas Story 

OHenry’s Coffee 

5 Points Alliance 

World Centric Cups 

Pink House Alchemy 

Working Cows Dairy


Field Culture Compost 


Amavida Coffee 

Alabama Environmental Council 

UAB Sustainability

Ski Butlers on the Localist Podcast 

Filter Coffee Parlor

Filter Coffee Parlor on Instagram

About Carrie

Carrie Rollwagen is host of the Localist podcast and cofounder of Church Street Coffee & Books. Currently, she works as Vice President of Strategic Planning at Infomedia, a web development company in Birmingham, Alabama. Find the Localist at @thinklocalist on Instagram and follow Carrie at @crollwagen.

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