Eco Roast Coffee - ethical, sustainable, carbon-negative and closed-loop
Used coffee grounds are an abundant, energy-rich resource that shouldn't end up in landfill. Eco-Roast technology harnesses this valuable resource by collecting used coffee grounds and turning them into biofuels which are used to roast the next batch of coffee. It's carbon-negative, sustainable, waste-negative, and the most environmentally friendly process available today.
Make your coffee ritual more ethical today
Step 1 - collecting used coffee grounds
The process starts with you and me, enjoying a delicious cup of coffee in a coffee shop - the coffee shop collects the used coffee grounds in special re-purposed collection containers issued to them by their supplier. These containers are then collected at the same time as the shop's next delivery of freshly roasted coffee.
Step 2 - turning the coffee into biofuel
The next stage of the process, once the grounds have been collected is to sieve out any foreign objects and dry the coffee grounds. Once there is only dried coffee with no gnarly bits in it, it's fed into a press that forces the coffee under huge pressure through a die and this forms the biofuel logs we use for our Eco Roasters.
Step 3 - roasting, packaging and dispatch
Here the magic starts all over again. The third stage of the process is roasting. Custom made Eco Roasters are used to turn the coffee biofuel logs into the heat energy necessary to roast delicious fresh coffee beans. These roasters are so energy efficient that they only use around 40 grams of biofuel logs to roast a kilogram of fresh coffee! The excess heat generated is stored in large thermal tanks and used to heat the building to keep the coffee roasters toasty when it gets frosty outside.
Once the coffee is roasted the beans are quickly cooled and packed in valved bags to seal in their freshness. If the customer is using the waste collection service then their new batch is delivered when the old grounds are collected, giving a totally carbon-neutral coffee journey. Win-win!
It’s carbon-negative and waste-negative
Eco-roasting is not only a zero-waste process, but it actively reduces waste going to landfill meaning that the whole process is waste-negative.
Trees planted to provide income and offset C02
As well as reusing used coffee grounds, Eco Roast plants hundreds of fruit trees every month in developing countries. The results are twofold:
Firstly, every time a fruit tree is planted it provides a sustainable source of food, employment and income.
Secondly, for every tree planted there is 1 ton of carbon dioxide sequestered (or absorbed) in its lifetime. Calculations suggest that a single cup of coffee produces 59 grams of carbon dioxide in its lifetime - from crop to cup - which equates to 4.5kg of carbon dioxide per kg of coffee. By planting a single tree, carbon dioxide emissions are offset equivalent to 222kg of fresh, delicious, responsible Eco-Roast coffee! Phew - that was complex!
In a nutshell: Eco-Roast coffee is the most ethical and environmentally friendly method of roasting coffee available today. Don't settle for less again.