THE THREE BIG REASONS

WE HAVE ONE PLANET.

CANS ARE RECYCABLE.

FRESHER, BETTER COFFEE.

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THERES NO PLANET B. WE HAVE ONE WORLD, WE NEED TO LOOK AFTER IT.

Environmental change has huge impact on agricultural and living conditions, and can make the difference between a region being able to grow crops, and it being completely uninhabitable to life.

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REYCYCLABLE & COMPOSTABLE BAGS AREN'T REALLY.

They're only recyclable or compostable under very specific conditions. Making something that is challenging for a consumer to recycle means that it is very likely that it ends up in landfill, and damaging the environment it's meant to help.

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ALUMINIUM CANS ARE REALLY RECYCLABLE. 

Over 82% of cans were recycled in the UK in 2021 - and 70% of cans are made from recycled material. That's even higher than paper's recycle rate.

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BETTER PACKAGING, FOR FRESHER COFFEE.

The craft beer industry realised in the last decade why canning is great for your beer - and canning our coffee, tea and hot chocolate has similar benefits too.

WHY ARE YOU FOCUSING ON YOUR IMPACT SO MUCH?

Focusing on the ecological impact of coffee is what any good coffee roaster worth their salt should be doing. If they're not, you shouldn't be buying from them.

As the environment changes, then crops fail - and this is particularly true with coffee, where a region's coffee can cease to exist overnight due to environmental disasters.

We factor in the following when selling our coffee:

  • The location, farm, and processing impact on the area. Is the farm supporting the environment, or destroying it?
  • How to get it from the farm to our roastery. How far is it travelling? Does it come via ship, or air?
  • How to roast the beans. Are we using the best equipment? Is there better gear we need to be using?
  • How to package the beans. Can it be recycled? Is the coffee still good if we change up packaging?
  • How to get the coffee to you. Are we using the best packaging and postal system, are there better couriers out there? Can we hand deliever where it makes sense to do so?

The environmental impact of our business is a huge part of what we do - we're working on new projects to improve our impact constantly, and always want to hear how we can do more.

ALUMINIUM CANS? HAVE YOU LOST THE PLOT?

Good question! We've spent over two years working on this, and we're pretty sure we've not lost our marbles.

Theres great benefits to packaging food grade products in cans.

  • 100% UV Proof - UV light destroys roasted coffee over time.
  • 100% air-tight - coffee oxidises over time in bags, and we flush our cans with Nitrogen gas before filling them.

Theres several really awesome environmental reasons we've gone with cans.

  • All household recycling collections accept aluminium cans.
  • Aluminium cans contain 70%+ recycled material
  • Recycling aluminium uses 95% less energy versus raw material.
  • 82% of aluminium cans were recycled in 2021.
  • More cans can be shipped in the same volume that bags would need - cutting down on shipping impact.

You can find out more about aluminium cans recycling at https://everycancounts.eu/can-recycling/

WHY NOT USE RECYCLABLE BAGS?

Coffee packaging is made from material (metals, and plastics) that either isn't recyclable, or can only be recycled in certain regions, under very specific conditions.

Unfortuantely in the UK we're behind the curve with recycling facilities capable of this versus the rest of Europe.

Whilst something can be marked as recyclable, if it's difficult for consumers to recycle, it might as well not be.

WHAT ABOUT COMPOSTABLE BAGS?

Same deal as recycled bags unfortunately. 

They are only compostable under certain conditions - few households have a composter at home, or access to one, and unless optimal conditions are reached, it can take 70-80 years to fully degrade.

WHAT ABOUT REUSABLE CONTAINERS?

We do supply some awesome zero waste shop and coffee shops in Yorkshire with our coffee, both in cans, and in bigger reusable churns.

We are always looking for options to improve our environmental impact, and packaging is one of the biggest ones.

WHAT ABOUT DEGASSING?

A big question we've had is about coffee degassing - the residual Co2 given off by the beans after roasting.

We allow our coffee to rest for at least 24 hours before packaging, meaning that there is no need for a valve.

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