Cornwall LivingAutumn 2019
Introducing the Cornico Coffee Company’s speciality Zero Waste Coffee.
Cornico was originally founded by business friends Martyn Fraser and Andrew Tobin. Martyn tells us: “A huge amount of care and attention goes into everything we do, and we are really proud to introduce our speciality Zero Waste Coffee, which is hand roasted in our own custom-made coffee roaster here in Cornwall.” For Cornico, coffee quality is much more than just the flavour in the cup. It’s as much about environmental and social sustainability – something Martyn explains is “at the heart of everything we do.”
“we collect the waste coffee from our customers and send it off to be turned into fuel logs and soil improver, thus reducing our customers’ carbon footprint further”
Dedicated to reducing their negative impact on the planet and supporting the communities that take part in the coffee production process, Andrew explains: “Over 500,000 tons of waste coffee grounds are disposed of in UK landfill each year, where they speed up the decomposition of other organic waste, thereby releasing methane more rapidly.
“These spent coffee grounds are an abundant, energy rich resource that should not end up in our landfills,” continues Andrew, “so we collect the waste coffee from our customers and send it off to be turned into fuel logs and soil improver, thus reducing our customers’ carbon footprint further.”
But this is just the tip of the iceberg. Cornico is always thinking about the environment, which reflects in everything they do. The boxes the team take deliveries in, for instance, are biodegradable, and the tape they use is made from cellulose. The coffee bags are oxo-biodegradable; even the labels are made from hemp and sugar cane, which means that 100 years from now, there will not be bags branded with Cornico’s logo in landfill.
Cornico’s Head of Coffee, Tom Chambers continues: “Our coffee is small batch roasted, which ensures we can monitor and analyse every roast profile, making sure we unlock all the flavours of sweetness, acidity and body!
“We source high-quality coffee that has been curated to make sure that it has exactly what we’re looking for. Green coffee before it is roasted is at its best when it is fresh – when all those delicious berry, chocolate, citrus or other tasting notes are most prevalent and punchy. For this reason, we buy coffee when it’s in season, so our customers can expect to see our offering frequently adapt and evolve with the time of year.”
To put it simply, if there’s one message to take away from all of this it’s one that Tom sums up perfectly. As he puts it: “Great coffee doesn’t have to cost the Earth!”
Cornico Coffee Company
"we collect the waste coffee from our customers and send it off to be turned into fuel logs and soil improver, thus reducing our customers’ carbon footprint further"