Our Sustainability

When working with our farmer partners, we place importance in ensuring that the coffee we source is grown and processed in a sustainable way that respects both people and environment. You can find out more about our sustainability at origin in our Code of Conduct.

In addition to our sustainable approach to coffee growing, we also focus on constantly improving our roastery operations in the UK.

In 2019, we won the Gold Recycler Award by our recycling partner First Mile, being one of their top 10 recyclers out of 20,000 customers.

Here’s a few things we do towards sustainable operations

  • Light, fluffy and highly absorbent – all of our coffee chaff (the skin from roasted coffee beans) is recycled to provide bedding for the dairy cattle that produce our barista milk. In 2018 we sent 5000kg of chaff to the Northiam Dairy.
  • You can only imagine how much coffee we brew here! All the coffee grounds from our training sessions and office are recycled into bio fuel – sustainable coffee logs which are a great alternative to wood for fires.
  • Dotted around our office and roastery, you’ll find recycling bins all over. All our office waste is separated and recycled with a Zero to Landfill policy. In 2020, we recycled 31,400kg of waste which converted to 400kg of energy which saved 46 tonnes of CO2.
  • Roasting coffee demands energy and creates smoke. We’ve invested in a Loring roaster in our roastery for our online orders which uses a single burner for both roasting and incinerating the smoke created during roasting. In 2020, this saved 7.5 tonnes of CO2.
  • From our bright supermarket packaging and sturdy delivery boxes to delivery inserts and booklets, all our cartons, shipping packaging and print materials are made from recyclable, FSC-certified materials and are printed with vegetable ink.
  • Our paper coffee cups are 100% biodegradable and compostable, and recyclable where facilities exist. We acknowledge that use of paper cups is an environmental issue in the industry, and we actively promote the use of multiuse cups to our café customers and home consumers. We offer Union KeepCups and in our roastery we use porcelain cups.
  • We encourage cycling to work for our roastery employees, supported by a Cycle Scheme.

    Coffee packaging accounts for 3% of the total carbon footprint of the coffee supply chain. While this may seem low, we aim to reduce the environmental impact at every stage of the coffee journey.

    We know reduction of packaging is the first step – and we’ve made changes in the past year to reduce our packaging where possible, saving 877 kgs of packaging materials last year. All our cartons are already fully recyclable but our coffee bags are unfortunately not. Our next step is moving to more sustainable packaging materials.

    After 18 months of careful research and testing, we’ve begun implementing changes to our packaging materials to make them more sustainable. Provided our trials are successful, in 2022 we will make all our packaging fully recyclable by implementing 100% paper and 100% recyclable monoplastic solutions.

    Click here to discover more about why we've made these changes to our packaging..

    We're always working on new ways to lessen our impact on our environment. Check back here soon to see our latest developments.