Sustainability

Here at Caffe Prima, we are committed to minimising our carbon footprint and supporting ethical business practice. Not only are we a locally owned and operated business, but we are Fairtrade certified (No. 18245), are a member of the Sustainable Business Network and have also developed compostable bags for freshly roasted coffee.

To read more about our  compostable bags for freshly roasted coffee (a world first!), have a look here: http://www.caffeprima.co.nz/our-compostable-packaging/

See the Econic bags, comprising 3 compostable films (which break down when disposed of in a composting environment containing heat, water, moisture and micro-organisms) made from sustainbly produced wood pulp and GM-free corn sources break down in this report: http://econicpack.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/Econic-Compost-Trial-Report.pdf

Initiatives

Coffee husks:

Visit our roastery in Woolston and pick up some coffee husks for your garden. These are great for keeping away the weeds and keeping the ground moist. We are happy to put this by product from our roasting process to good use!

Coffee sacks:

We have some beautiful hessian sacks from around the globe. These are great for pin boards, wall hangings or for something to sit on at the beach. Come down to the roastery and have a look. These are available for $1.

Reusable containers:

If you bring your own container to our roastery to be filled, we will give you a special discount on freshly roasted coffee.

Home composting tips for Econic bags:

Caffe Prima uses compostable Econic  bags to package its freshly roasted coffee. The films and adhesives used in the manufacture of Econic bags are certified compostable to the European Standard EN13432. This means that they will break down in good composting conditions (containing heat, moisture, oxygen, microbes and soil), and when they do, the quality of the compost is maintained.

As council services are not yet collecting compostable packaging, we wanted to provide you with information on how to optimise the home composting process for the econic bags.

The home compost breakdown can be much slower than commercial compost (where temperatures are maintained at 40°C and 60°C and the bags breakdown in approximately 16 weeks)  and will vary depending on environmental factors. Compost with a temperature of 20-30°C will promote much quicker breakdown rates (approximately 35 weeks) than those at 2-5°C (breakdown can take up to two years).

Heat, moisture, oxygen, microbes and composting material (including soil) are all vital elements in ensuring the composting occurs. The following tips are to help enable effective composting rates:

  • Remove any stickers and the non-compostable vent label.
  • Fill the empty bags with food waste/soil/compost/coffee grinds as this helps the internal breakdown. Otherwise bags should be shredded or opened out flat to increase the surface area available for microbiological attack.
  • Ensure the bag is fully buried in the soil (this increases moisture around the bag).
  • Turn the compost each fortnight – this introduces more oxygen and raises the composting temperature. Make sure the bags are buried again once you have turned the compost.

For more information on setting up home composts:

Most council websites have information on how to set up active home compost, including information on how to get a good carbon to nitrogen ration, and what material not to put into composts.

Take some of your used coffee grounds and sprinkle them on the garden – the help to keep the insects away.

Supporting Colombian collective Asprounion

In early October we had a visit from Mauricio Velasquez, Business Developer for the Colombian coffee collective Asprounion. This is a grouping of small-scale coffee growers from La Union in southern Colombian producing extremely high quality coffee beans. Asprounion was founded on Fair Trade principles in order to give the farmers the ability to control and benefit from every stage of the coffee process: from growing to processing to exporting (click here for a link to their website). As a result of the visit and sampling some of the delicious coffee, Caffe Prima is pleased to be teaming up with Asprounion to source beans directly from the farmers in La Union, Colombia. The coffee will be arriving soon, so keep an eye on our website for details.

Our sustainable products:

Ideal Cups (reusable coffee cups), Handpresso (no electricity required!), Fairtrade coffee and products packaged in our compostable bags.