Sustainability is and will become an ever more important topic around the world. How is Cafitesse being sustainable?
The factory in Joure is using the coffee grounds from the Cafitesse brewing process as fuel for the steam boiler. The instillation employs a unique drying and combustion system. How does it work? The residual products (husk of coffee) from the production of Cafitesse are being dried, and whilst drying it creates steam. This steam is used as fuel for the steam boiler to generate energy across the factory. Therefore instead of using natural gas (a costly and limited fossil fuel) it uses its waste product (coffee grounds).
At the moment, the factory supplies itself almost entirely with its own green energy. Although the factory in Joure is producing around 13,000 tons of coffee a year, JDE is able to reduce its natural gas consumption, which is leading to a 70% reduction in total CO2 emissions equivalent to 14,000 tons of CO2 per year. This does not only reduce costs, but a lot of energy: 3.27 million m2 of natural gas per year to be exact. This equals to the energy consumption of 2,000 households!