COMMITTING TO SUSTAINABILITY

At Difference Coffee, we want to guarantee that our business and the journey from bean to cup are ethical and sustainable. By only buying Specialty Coffee, we can make real-world changes to the coffee supply chain and ensure environmental and economic sustainability.

WE PAY FARMERS MORE

Coffee farmers today have a problem: the overwhelming majority of their coffee is sold as a commodity. When coffee is sold this way, farmers are at risk of getting paid below the cost of production as the price is subject to market fluctuations. This is why buying Specialty Coffee is important to us, as it is priced according to quality and does not depend on the commodity price. Buying Specialty Coffee means that farmers are correctly paid for their quality. All our coffees are of Specialty Arabica Grade and as of May 2022, we have partnered with the Coffee Quality Institute (CQI) to get our coffees independently certified as Q coffee™, a project we aim to complete by the end of the year. CQI furthermore invests in programs to educate farmers in best-practice for producing Specialty grade coffee.

WE ARE A CLIMATE POSITIVE BUSINESS

Any company that produces anything produces CO2. It is therefore important for the sustainability of the environment that we reduce our carbon footprint as much as possible and take steps to offset our CO2. We have reached out to Earthly, an independent third party, to calculate our carbon emissions and help us invest in carbon-reducing initiatives. We are proud to be Earthly Certified. But for us, it’s not enough to be carbon neutral, a goal which our competitors strive to get to by 2050, so we’ve taken the steps necessary to be climate positive today!

OUR CAPSULES ARE 100% RECYCLABLE

All coffee capsules today can and should be recycled. The problem is that most homes are not offered the opportunity to recycle by their local councils. We have, therefore, partnered with Podback, a privately funded recycling scheme available throughout the UK, so that you can recycle our capsules responsibly by dropping them off at one of over 7000 collection points. The program is offering curbside collection as well in selected locations and is growing.

WE SUPPORT SUSTAINABLE FARMING

By supporting the Alliance for Coffee Excellence (ACE) and purchasing Cup of Excellence coffees through their auction system, we can ensure farmers get both the education and know-how to produce exceptional beans as well as the financial rewards that come with it. Purchasing COE champion coffees makes Difference Coffee amongst the highest-paying coffee companies in the world. It’s a win-win.

WE SUPPORT SUSTAINABILITY WITHIN
THE HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY

We’ve partnered with the Sustainable Restaurant Association to encourage our fine dining clients to get certified in Sustainability. This relationship allows us to share best practices when it comes to addressing waste management and supplier selection in the field of coffee. In addition, it encourages the world’s best chefs to inspire others in the industry to take sustainability more seriously and create a trickle-down effect.