❤︎ Coffee Campaign 2021/22
The future of coffee is uncertain.
Climate change threatens both the production of coffee and the livelihoods of those that grow it.
It’s time to ask not what coffee can do for you, but what you can do for coffeeTim, founder, United Baristas
Coffee drinking is a cause of global warming – and coffee growing is negatively impacted by climate change
The majority of the emissions are caused by coffee makers and coffee drinkers – so it falls to us to make meaningful change.
Four significant things
to do right now
Choose oat milk
(or at least low-methane milk)
Reduce your flat white’s carbon footprint from 250 grams of CO₂e – to as little as 50 grams.
Learn more why your milk selection makes such a massive difference.
Pay farmers more
Petrochemical fertilisers increase coffee growers’ yields, but are the single greatest cause of coffee’s carbon footprint at origin.
It’s possible to pay farmers more for reducing petrochemical fertiliser use. A higher price offsets lost income, plus it’s better for the land and lowers carbon emissions.
Find your local coffee roasters
The emissions from shipping coffee from the roaster to a shop (or your home) are typically greater than the emissions from roasting!
There are now hundreds of great roasters spread across the country. Buy coffee from one near you.
Use as little hot water as possible
Boiling your kettle is responsible for the majority of a brew’s carbon footprint, while a typical espresso machine uses 4x the average UK home’s electricity – does anyone else think that’s crazy!?
Heat as little hot water as necessary in your kettle, plus here’s some ideas for baristas to reduce the electricity used by their espresso machine.