Thanks to its ground-breaking technology Dorset 918 Coffee Co reaches Finals in World Beverage Innovation Awards

Dorset based 918 Coffee Co was runner up in the World Beverage Innovation Awards with its ground-breaking Coffe-Eco System attracting international recognition in these prestigious awards.

The business was a Finalist in the Best Environmental Sustainability Initiative and narrowly lost to international filling and packaging group KHS who won for its very light PET bottles for refrigerated applications.

918 Coffee was delighted to have reached the finals of these world-wide awards which were held on 11 November at BrauBeviale in Germany and saw 360 entries from 40 countries in 26 categories. The innovative, ground-breaking process Coffe-Eco System from 918 Coffee roasts coffee beans using the organic waste left over from the roasting and brewing process and really caught the attention of the judges.

Co-founder of 918 Coffee, Chanel Cornelius, commented, “We are delighted to have been a finalist in the international beverage industry’s leading awards scheme so soon after launching our Coffe-Eco System and it is brilliant to have gained world-wide recognition of our product.”

“The pace of innovation in the global beverage industry continues to impress and is reflected in the stunning range of entries in this year’s awards,” said FoodBev Media’s Bill Bruce. “The World Beverage Innovation Awards present an annual snapshot of the industry’s response to the rapid changes in consumer-led trends and include entries from many of the world’s leading players as well as from a wide variety of exciting start-ups. The awards are a great celebration and highlight company successes in the areas of finished products, marketing, manufacturing, ingredients and importantly, commitment to CSR.”

[image]Launching September 2015, 918 Coffee Co developed, designed and patented its pioneering technology and process that reduces greenhouse gas emissions and creates a zero waste, carbon neutral roasting process resulting in a much reduced carbon footprint for the coffee. This means coffee lovers can enjoy their favourite beverage safe in the knowledge that the coffee waste produced to make their drink is being used in a positive way to fuel an energy efficient green coffee roasting plant.

According to the International Coffee Organisation more than 400 billion cups of coffee are consumed every year around the globe and 500,000 tonnes of coffee waste ends up in landfill each year. In terms of carbon footprint throughout the whole coffee value chain from bean to cup, the full carbon footprint including these various different processes reaches 59.12 g CO2e per cup of coffee (PCF Pilotprojekt Deutschland, 2008).

Coffee roasting has been done since the 16th century and the tradition and methods of coffee roasting have remained largely unchanged since then with the use of oxidisers and after burners introduced relatively recently to control the level of emissions generated.

Once the coffee is ground and used it is discarded into bins for landfill along with the many millions of takeaway cups. This is where the largest problem occurs with the breaking down of the organic waste producing harmful nitrates and methane, ultimately creating large amounts of carbon contributing to the carbon footprint of coffee consumption.

Co-founder of 918 Coffee, Justin Cornelius, explains, “I couldn’t help notice that while measures are in place to make the industry more sustainable, protecting habitats and workers’ livelihoods through Fairtrade and the Rainforest Alliance, very little was being done after coffee consumption.

Chanel Cornelius, who is also co-founder of the company, says “Being as passionate about our coffee as we are about the planet is why we have spent so long developing and testing our new Eco Roast technology and the whole Coffe-Eco System. It will dramatically reduce the amount of coffee grounds and disposables being deposited into landfill and instead can be used in a positive way to fuel an energy efficient green coffee roasting plant.”

The Coffe-Eco System provides roasters, suppliers, retailers and consumers with an environmentally friendly, sustainable solution to reducing waste as well as carbon emissions. The process starts with eco roasting the fresh coffee, packing into eco-friendly bio-degradable & compostable packaging & labelling and delivering to the customer. To keep the carbon impact neutral, collection and delivery of the used and new products are done together.

Once the customer has consumed the coffee they use the special environmentally friendly bags and collection bins provided to store the coffee waste ready for collection. Once collected the coffee waste is processed using secondary heat from the Eco Roast process and the coffee fuel is then used to roast new batches of coffee in the new Eco Roaster. The Coffe-Eco System also uses 100% compostable cups and lids for its coffee.

Justin Cornelius says, “Coffee is the world’s second largest commodity, second only to oil and is responsible for more than 1.8 million tonnes of carbon emissions produced in the UK alone. Our Eco Roast Technology will make substantial reductions in the roasting, packaging and disposal parts of the process. Whether you are an individual who enjoys delicious coffee, a coffee shop or a blue chip corporation, both you and the planet will benefit from using our trademarked Coffe-Eco System.”

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