The process for making instant coffee is similar to making coffee in a cafetiere. Energy goes into heating water and producing steam to extract from the ground coffee the flavours that delight our consumers. The process leaves us with spent coffee grounds, like the grounds you collect in your coffee filter machine at home - but an industrial quantity of them.
So far, for five out of six of our instant coffee factories, we’ve invested in a spent grounds burner and by 2024 we will install one in the final factory in Asia. This should reduce our emissions by a further 20,000 tCO2e. That’s the equivalent energy used to boil water for more than 950 million cups of coffee or tea!
The spent grounds burner also uses waste coffee grounds to generate heat that goes straight back into the process, reducing waste and our use of non-renewable energy. In Joure, the spent grounds burner produces at least 20% of the energy we use on site, contributing to JDE NL reaching their target of zero Scope 2 emissions.