Local Business, Local Brews: PJ’s Coffee


PJ’s on Poydras is a full service coffeehouse providing gourmet coffee, delicious pastries, and great lunch. Conveniently located in the CBD and right across the street from the Superdome, stop by this PJ’s for a quick bite, a business lunch and catering for your next meeting.

PJ’s Coffee has worked hand in hand with LifeCity to put on healthy, zero-waste events. As Thanksgiving is around the corner we would like to take a moment show our gratitude for PJ’s efforts to support LifeCity and to promote a more sustainable New Orleans by featuring them in November’s Member Spotlight. Show your gratitude for this local business by dropping in for a cup of coffee, and receive a free up-size on your order when you use your LifeCity Green Card.

1. What are some of your proudest moments as the leader of PJ’s Coffee on Poydras?

Super Bowl was definitely the proudest moment in terms of preparation and execution.  We made changes to the operation based on information from special event vendors and NFL workers.  The team did a great job of handling the huge crowd that lasted for a good eight hours.    We use the Super Bowl model now for every Saints game.

2. How does your organization go about improving your social and environmental impacts? 

We analyze operations and consider not just efficiency and profitability but whether we are contributing to a problem.  If we can make a choice that is better for the environment or our community we will always do so.  Sometimes the better choice is obvious and easy and sometimes we have to be patient for it to reveal itself or for a piece to move into place.

3. What partnerships have you formed in order to leverage sustainable impact as an organization? 

We have donated our coffee grounds to a community garden on South Pierce street in Mid City.   We, of course, generate a great deal of grounds and the acidity is great for gardens.  We started a conversation with our landlord on recycling which lead to cardboard recycling for the entire building.

4. If you had a magic wand to change one thing that would make it easier for your organization to go green, what would that thing be?

I would love it if all of our customers brought in their own cups and mugs.  We could make drinks in reusable stainless steel shakers like bartenders use and pour them into the customers’ cups.  We already give back the cost of the cup and lid when customers bring in their own mug so the savings goes to the customer!

5. What advice would you give to other organizations or businesses who are trying to improve their internal practices to benefit their city and state?

I learn so much by networking and talking with members of the business community.  Conversations with other business owners or organizations like the Chamber of Commerce or the Louisiana Small Business Development Center have helped me tremendously.

6. Anything else you would like to tell our community of Green Card members and Green Businesses?

Keep evangelizing about sustainability to those who don’t think about it.  I do so in little bits with people I don’t know well to see their receptivity.   When profitability and efficiency are increased then they get interested.  Sometimes I have to let it go but at least I did try.