Direct Impact


The work we do to Make Coffee Better for our world

Sustainable sourcing

Our Pledge:
Making life better in coffee growing communities

Sugarcane Decaf


In 2018 we switched from Swiss Water to a new House Decaf coffee processed using sugarcane. Instead of being grown in Brazil, shipped to Canada for decaffeination then shipped to the UK for roasting; this new coffee was sourced from smallholders in the Cauca & Huila regions of Colombia and decaffeinated in Pitalito, Colombia.

The result? an incredible tasting decaf saving 6000 food miles per shipment and a higher proportion of earnings retained by Colombian farmers.

In 2019 we improved our Decaf further still by introducing coffee from our long-standing partner, La Marianela to be decaffeinated at Pitalto using the Sugarcane method. This move has further improved coffee quality, it means we can guarantee 100% traceability and fresh crop and has strengthened our commitment to La Marianela, one of our most sustainable coffee partnerships.

Better for the planet. Better for farmers. Better for consumers.

3 More Sustainable Steps

Chelchelie, Ethiopia
This female-grown micro lot was our first 100% traceable Ethiopian coffee. After securing Abebech Tadese’s entire harvest in 2019 we are delighted to have been able to do the same in 2020. Watch this space!

El Guayabito, Honduras
Through the Cocofael co-operative Maria Genoveva Martinez was able to invest in skilled coffee pickers, who pick the ripest coffee cherries resulting in cup profiles of the highest quality.

Kianjiru, Kenya
Kianjiru factory is operated by Margaret Myeri Melambiri, a lady paving the way for women managing mills and washing stations. Drawing on her vast experience, she drives innovation and produces consistently incredible coffee.


Sustainable Roasting

Our Pledge:
Making the Coffee production better for the environment

Betty


Ten years ago, we came across Betty. A 1950s Probat roaster in a state of disrepair, lovingly brought back to life by co-Founder David who knows this machine inside and out. We’ve been working to make her a more modern efficient and environmentally sound machine. In 2019 we went back to Betty, to further modernise this beautiful machine.

Upgrading the burner, adding a new variable fan, rebuilding the cooling tray agitator and rebuilding the chaff box are just some of the changes we’ve made. Most exciting is the addition of an afterburner to eliminate VOCs (volatile organic compounds) from Betty’s emissions - meaning cleaner air for our community.

  • Burner upgrade. Added 12 more traditional pepper pots burners - 30% increase in fuel efficiency. Icon

    Burner upgrade. Added 12 more traditional pepper pots burners - 30% increase in fuel efficiency.

  • Cooling tray rebuild including: a new cooling tray mess, agitators rebuilt with new brushes and bearings ,bearings and agitator gears stripped , cleaned and recut. Icon

    Cooling tray rebuild including: a new cooling tray mess, agitators rebuilt with new brushes and bearings ,bearings and agitator gears stripped , cleaned and recut.

  • A new afterburner. Removing VOCs from our emissions - meaning cleaner air for our community. Icon

    A new afterburner. Removing VOCs from our emissions - meaning cleaner air for our community.

  • Chaff box rebuild and lined with fire cement. Icon

    Chaff box rebuild and lined with fire cement.

  • Custom-built sound deadening box added to the loading fan - better for our people and protecting their hearing! Icon

    Custom-built sound deadening box added to the loading fan - better for our people and protecting their hearing!

  • New touch screen for data logging. Icon

    New touch screen for data logging.

What’s Next?

Sustainable packaging is high on our agenda. Our challenge to date has been to find a solution which has both a lower carbon footprint, sends less waste to landfill and preserves the quality of the coffee. At times, it felt like we were drowning in greenwash.

Our journey so far has involved feeding compostable packaging to worms, testing anaerobic digesters & lengthy calculations on the carbon footprint of plastic vs paper vs tin.

2020 will be the year that we can bring you a solution which is truly better.

3 More Sustainable Steps

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Re-Manufacturing

Our Extract T-shirts are GOTS certified organic from UK company Rapanui. The first company to create a circular economy supply chain for clothing. Using their Teemill platform, we can create our incredible organic-cotton Tshirts, which at the end of their lives, are designed to be sent back and re-made into new tshirts, then printed at Rapanui’s solar powered factory here in the UK.

“Every year 100 billion new items of clothing are produced while a truck full of clothing is burned, or buried in a landfill every second. Slowing fast fashion down a bit won't fix it. But when we take the waste material at the end, and make new products from it at the start, it changes everything. That's what we've done.”

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Sustainable community

Our Pledge:
Play an active role in improving our communities.

Inspiring the next generation of baristas


Last year we spent time supporting Empire Fighting Chance and their youth engagement work. We visited schools and colleges for careers days, and hosted students from the Bristol City Rovers - Empire Fighting Chance apprenticeship programme for immersive day of coffee here at the roastery.

In the summer we ran our first 6 week cafe-skills training course for young people looking to pursue a career in hospitality. Three of these students have successfully gone on to roles with Boston Tea Party.

What’s Next?

We want to continue to support the Empire Fighting Chance youth programmes across Bristol, South Wales, Devon, Cornwall, Gloucestershire and Herefordshire. This year we plan to grow our cafe skills training programmes and are excited to be supporting more careers workshops.

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Extract supports Coppafeel at Festifeel

After meeting CoppaFeel founder Kris Hallenga at Do Lectures we were thrilled to provide coffee at their Festifeel event at House of Vans, London. Proceeds from Festifeel will help CoppaFeel continue the amazing work they do to raise awareness of women’s health and the importance of checking your breasts.

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One Simple Mission:


#makecoffeebetter


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