Alpaca Coffee has partnered with One Tree Planted, a leading environmental NGO to create a healthier climate, protect biodiversity and help reforestation efforts around the world. For every 10 bags of coffee sold, we plant a tree in the Amazon Rainforest. Find out more on the current reforestation projects here.
Better Coffee for the Planet
A single cup of coffee produces around 60g of carbon from crop to cup, which means that if you drink one cup of coffee per day, this rounds up to ~21.9kg of carbon per year per person. Did you know one mature tree can absorb up to 21kg of carbon a year? Our goal at Alpaca Coffee is to minimise our environmental impact, flatten our carbon curve, and reinvent standard practices in the industry.
Coffee beans have to be grown, cultivated, harvested, processed, transported, and made into coffee. The entire process relies heavily on the environment and can impact it in many different ways.
It is common for commercial practices to result in the displacement of trees, which can contribute to natural habitats being destroyed, harming the biodiversity of deforested areas as well as the atmosphere. The use of fertilizers also causes high levels of carbon emissions.
Wet processing has been widely adopted by the coffee industry. One kilogram of coffee requires 40 litres of water in the process. According to the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA), “the pollution load in the wastewater from the wet milling of coffee can be 30 to 40 times greater than the one found in urban sewage”.
Roasting coffee poses a number of environmental concerns. Coffee roasting generates toxic fumes and other harmful particles, in addition to carbon emissions and other gases released by the fuel. These emissions from roasters can pose a danger for those near or operating them, as well as contribute to greenhouse gas pollution.
Product & Service
Businesses ranging from bean brands to cafés all have varying levels of potential environmental impacts - from energy used to run their services, to the environmental footprint of cups, milks, straws, and waste management.