It is no secret that in the UK, we’re obsessed with great-tasting coffee, hence why research has shown that coffee consumption in the country has increased by a staggering 25 million cups. With that increase taking place in the workplace, it is important to remember coffee is one of the most traded commodities in the world so it’s important to consider the sustainability of the coffee we consume from our office coffee machines.
The climate crisis is a threat to all areas and aspects of human lives, including the coffee we consume due to the sensitivity it has to climate change. It’s even estimated that half of the land used for coffee plantations could disappear by 2050 which would severely impact the quality and price of coffee for coffee drinkers.
Employees and businesses are now expecting their stakeholders to play an active role in reducing their carbon footprint. Businesses are carefully considering the environmental impact of products they purchase for use in the workplace. We will look at ways to reduce our carbon footprint when it comes to coffee consumption in the workplace. With many becoming ethically aware, this has become more important for businesses in attracting the best commercial relationships as well as employees, so the practices below could be the difference in attracting the best talent:
Reducing Disposable Coffee Cup Usage in The Workplace
Research estimates that 2.5 billion disposable coffee cups are disposed of each year in the UK. Employees using mugs or reusable cups for their coffee will allow them to enjoy their fresh coffee without repeatedly using a single-use cup with every coffee they consume. This will result in a reduction in the carbon footprint of their coffee consumption.
Power-Saving Features on Office Coffee Machines
Many commercial coffee machines have a built-in scheduling system. Our experienced operators here at Vending Sense can set a timer to automatically switch into a power-saving mode in quiet times throughout the day. We supply coffee machines with power-saving features so your business can reduce energy consumption. Top coffee machine brands like Franke, Jura and WMF allow users to benefit from power-saving features.
Thermoblock Coffee Machines
Professional Coffee machines without a boiler use less energy as it doesn’t require keeping water constantly up to the desired temperature. Instead, bean-to-cup coffee machines such as the Jura JX8 boast a flash heat option, meaning it’s fresh water for every cup, saving time and energy whilst maintaining the quality and taste of the coffee.
Plant-Based Diet: Giving Staff a Dairy-Free Milk Option in Coffee as a Healthier, Sustainable Choice
Recent research found that a quarter of Brits have switched to non-dairy milk, such as oat, soy or almond. The downward turn in sales of cow’s milk means that for businesses to continue to deliver a first-class coffee experience to their employees, they must listen to the wants and needs of their staff when choosing their office coffee solution.
In response to this trend, some bean-to-cup coffee machines now offer the option of dual milk fridges available in the Franke A600, Franke A800, and the Franke A1000, which means users have the luxury of choosing from two types of milk, including dairy-free or low-fat options. The Franke SB1200 is another versatile coffee machine where staff can benefit from two fully separate FoamMaster™ systems in one machine, all prepared and dispensed free of cross-contamination and residues. This is a great way to create an inclusive workplace environment and cater to all tastes and dietary requirements.
No Chemicals in Office Commercial Machine Cleaning Products
For hygiene reasons it is important that coffee machines with fresh milk need cleaned more than often – but cleaning chemicals are bad for the environment. It should be noted that not all coffee machines do not use harsh industrial cleaning chemicals. Some coffee machines recognise the splatter of milk so they coffee machine is flushed after every cup of coffee to remove any residue. The removal of chemicals in cleaning products not only benefits the environment, but also reduces business costs.
Reducing the Number of Deliveries at Your Workplace
Another recommendation is reducing vehicle movement around the business premises. When meeting with clients we often find that they have multiple suppliers for staff refreshments, increasing the number of vans polluting the vicinity of their business premises with fuel.
The common setup:
- Supplier for their coffee machine maintenance
- Delivery of coffee
- Supplier for their vending machine
- Supplier for water taps or coolers
- Fresh fruit delivery
- Snack & drink delivery
- Catering delivery
Vending Sense reduces all into one single, simple solution. All refreshments from catering to coffee. A fully managed vending service would allow for one supplier. A micro-market would incorporate the above into a single 360 solution.