Photo story: inside the world’s first coffee recycling factory

Coffee Logs Production

Photo story: inside the world’s first coffee recycling factory

Over summer 2018 we’re making some mega changes to the machinery, the processes and the layout of our two former aircraft hangars that house our coffee recycling facility. These upgrades will ensure our processes are as efficient as possible and our carbon footprint as low as possible.

Given that it will soon look very different from its former setup, we thought we’d take a look back at this photo series by Miles Willis last year. Miles’ photography focuses on sustainability in the food sector, and we’d previously worked with him for a feature in Jellied Eel magazine. So it seemed like a good fit to have him come and photograph our coffee recycling factory.

The photos below demonstrate the journey from when coffee is tipped at our site through to Coffee Logs and coffee pellets ready for distribution to our retail partners.

Photo credit for all: Miles Willis photography.

Coffee waste from Costa Coffee stores is delivered on a daily basis in these trucks, through logistics company JNL.
Coffee waste from Costa Coffee stores is delivered on a daily basis in these trucks, through logistics company JNL.
Tipping at the factory
Tipping at the factory
Our colleague Shaun is factory production manager pictured with coffee grounds
Our colleague Shaun is factory production manager
The telehandler collects coffee from the pile and bucket by bucket, the material is processed and dried down to a low moisture content.
This bit of kit is one of several ‘sieves’ which the coffee grounds are passed through to decontaminate them.
Shaun drives the telehandler
Coffee pellets are created by compressing clean, dry coffee grounds mixed with a little binding agent. They can then be used in biomass boilers as an alternative to woodchip pellets.
The control centre! Small changes to temperature and pressure can have a significant impact on our products, and our team works hard to ensure consistency.
Quality checking on the briquetting line. Coffee Logs are made by mixing a small amount of sawdust with dried waste coffee grounds, then compressing them using specially modified briquetters.
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