May 3, 2022
The word sustainability is thrown around a lot and the understanding of what it is has changed a bit over the years. In simple terms sustainability takes into consideration 3 things – people, planet, profit – meeting the needs of today’s market without compromising future generations. Coffee is a global commodity and is vitally important – culturally, socially and economically and has a huge role to play in our quest for a more sustainable society. Here’s how we are doing it at Brew to help ensure a future for our kids, grandkids, and great-grandkids.
Before we even start roasting, we source ethical and sustainable green coffee. We work closely with our suppliers and in turn our farming families to ensure we are doing all that we can to support initiatives and organisations such as Fairtrade, Rainforest Alliance, Young Farmers Project, and certified organic farming practices. The hessian bags our green bean shipments are delivered in can be repurposed and are available free of charge through our café front. Most commonly used for arts & crafts projects, but also in the garden, garage and shed. Our Brambatti coffee roaster is fitted with an afterburner which converts all carbon dioxide and other fumes such as VOC, SOx and NOx created in the roasting process into liquid oxygen so there are no damaging emissions released into the air. We recycle our coffee roasting by-product by working with a local third-party business converting it to compost and mulch. Our busy café sends off all its spent coffee grinds weekly for the same process. Coffee doesn’t just make people happy but also your plants.
All our coffee packaging is moving to soft plastic recyclable by mid-April 2022. We partner with EcoBarista who provide us with their sustainable coffee packaging product. The bag is designed to be deposited in the REDcycle collection sites at major supermarkets across Australia just make sure to remove the valve before depositing.The bags are repurposed into more useful things like road base and park furniture. All our coffee cups, carry trays, food trays, carry bags, straws and napkins are made from sustainably sourced paper from managed plantations. Our cups have an Ingeo lining made from plants and not oil. Our lids are also an Ingeo bioplastic product – both cups and lids are certified commercially compostable. We encourage the use of keep cups/byo coffee cups in our café and offer a discount for each coffee purchased using one. We stock a range of Frank Green keep cups and water bottles – sustainable but make it classy. Our wholesale partners receive their coffee delivery in tin barrels rather than plastic tubs.
What can you do as a coffee consumer? BYO keep cup, carry tray and shopping bag. Choose to purchase coffee that has the rainforest alliance, fairtrade, certified organic or young farmers logo and REDcycle your used coffee bags.
“We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors we borrow it from our children.”
Native American Proverb