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Being green: The Roasterie’s sustainable initiatives

The Roasterie is committed to helping build a healthy future. As we continue to grow, we want to minimize the impact we have on the environment. We’re conscious of our responsibility to engage in sustainable practices and green initiatives. Following is just a short list of some of the things we do every day.

  1. Buy all origin coffees at least 30 percent above fair trade pricing.
  2. Re-use corrugated boxes for shipping/storage and bale/recycle what we cannot reuse.
  3. Compost grounds and chaff on site and at a nearby farm.  (Scroll down for more information)
  4. Send burlap coffee bags to local organizations for reuse.
  5. In 2008, we installed a heat exchanger to recycle the hot air exhausted from the roasters to heat our building.
  6. Work with InkCycle and LaserCycle to recycle all ink and toner cartridges.
  7. Recycle and shred all paper waste.
  8. Transport freight by rail whenever possible.
  9. Turn lights off whenever we leave a room – company policy!
  10. All incoming faxes are now electronic to reduce unnecessary paper printing.
  11. Use high-efficiency, low energy consumption bulbs and fixtures in all plant and café lighting.
  12. Have contests among delivery drivers for most improvement of miles-per- gallon and ongoing fuel savings.
  13. Optimize margin and font on all documents to reduce paper consumption.

Coffee Bean Chaff

Coffee bean chaff is a waste product of the roasting process of coffee beans.  The chaff is green pieces of skin or hull that come off in different ways depending upon the type of roasting process used.  Most consider it a nuisance but there are actually good uses for the chaff once it's separated from the roasted beans - especially for gardening purposes!  Here are a few ways it can come in handy:

  • Mulching - Many organic gardeners find chaff to be a great additional supplement to compost and it can also be mixed in with mulch.  In addition to free nutrients, it also helps to ward off harmful slugs and snails, reducing the damage they would typically bring to your garden.
  • Nitrogen - Chaff brings many extremely helpful nutrients, mainly nitrogen, to compound and mulch mixtures.  It can be utilized with most types of plant life that you would be using compound or mulch mixes with.  Chaff is good for speeding the growth of vegetables, especially tomato plants!

Here at The Roasterie we either compost it on site or send it to a nearby farm.  If you are interested in picking some up for your next gardening project just give us a call at 816.931.4000 or stop by the plant at 1204 W 27th Street!