A Novel Way To Deal With Used Coffee Grounds

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Nowadays, it seems, one can recycle virtually anything.

Of course, we’re all accustomed to recycling glass and plastic bottles, cardboard, metal – and some of us will even have a compost heap at the bottom of the garden – but you may be ignorant of the fact that you can also recycle some more unconventional objects.

For example, did you know that a company called Green Disk can find a home for your unwanted VHS cassette tapes?

Or that various websites can take your old running shoes off your hands?

And now you can add coffee to this list – as a UK-based company is finding a novel way to employ used coffee grounds… by turning them into furniture!


This new method is the brainchild of recycling expert Adam Fairweather who is using coffee grounds for a wide range of design products including the manufacture of furniture, jewellery and even coffee machines.

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The idea came to Adam when he discovered that, on average, we use just 18% to 22% of the coffee bean when making a cup of coffee.

Fairweather explains: “The idea that it [coffee] already had this high value but we only use a little of it, that was interesting because I felt that there was a way of tapping into this perceived high value the product has intrinsically.”

He went on to say that: “My interest is that we can use materials that have a perceived value to them, to communicate and get people excited about the idea of sustainability and social change and environmental management.”

Fairweather first worked with coffee waste during the development of the Greencup scheme.

This venture provided offices across the country with Fairtrade coffee and subsequently recycled the used coffee grounds into fertiliser.

This new project, which is called Re-Worked, works with Greencup, so he has a ready supply of waste coffee grounds and a list of potential clients who may be open to the idea of other products made from their coffee waste.

You can find out more about Re-Worked by visiting the website at

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So what do you, Café2U readers, think of this innovative new application for used coffee grounds?

Would you like to see, one day, a Café2U mobile coffee cart manufactured from used coffee grounds?

As always, get in touch with us here at the Cafe2U Blog with your comments and suggestions!

Introducing The London Coffee Festival

Thursday, April 30, 2015

May Bank Holiday weekend is almost upon us and, with it, families up and down the country will inevitably be racking their brains for something to do.

Well, if you’re looking for something different to occupy your days off, something other than overcrowded theme parks, laborious DIY jobs, castles, beaches, museums, and, worst of all, stationary motorway traffic (we’ve all been there), then we have a novel suggestion for all you coffee buffs out there…

Why not try popping down to the 2015 London Coffee Festival?


This vibrant new event, which kicks off UK Coffee Week, has been established to celebrate the capital’s bustling and exciting coffee scene.

As the promotion for the festival proclaims, with “over 22,000 visitors expected, The London Coffee Festival promises to be an unmissable event for discerning coffee lovers and those working in the coffee scene.”

So what exactly can attendees of the London Coffee Festival expect?

Well once you head down to the entrance at The Old Truman Brewery on Hanbury Street (Brick Lane E1 6QR), you will be confronted with over 250 stalls chock-full with gourmet food and artisan coffee.  

These stalls will be offering tastings (of course) and street food, coffee-based cocktails, interactive workshops and demonstrations from some of the world’s leading baristas.

In addition to this conventional festival fayre, there will also be DJs, live music and entertainment, and coffee-based art exhibitions.

Visitors will also gain access to Milk & Sugar, the new festival feature showcasing some of the most inspirational brands spanning from fashion to design and food.

We guarantee you won’t go home hungry, thirsty, or unentertained!

The festival will begin with two industry days (Thurs 30 April and Fri 01 May), and kick off its public celebration from 5pm - 8pm on Friday 01 May.

An Espresso Martini Launch Party will take place from 8pm to 10pm (please note some festival zones will be closed during this time).

You can find out more – and purchase tickets – by visiting  

Alternatively, you can follow the London Coffee Festival on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Mixcloud.

Also, remember to sign up to their mailing list for further information.

What are your plans for May Bank Holiday Weekend?

Do you plan on attending the 2015 London Coffee Festival?

As always, remember to get in touch with us here at the Cafe2U Blog – we love hearing what our readers have to say!

Some More Coffee Blogs To Check Out

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Back in October last year, we published a blog post about… well, blog posts!

In it we revealed 7 interesting coffee blogs – in addition to the Cafe2U Blog of course – that any self-respecting coffee nut should have bookmarked in their internet favourites folder.

That list seemed to go down pretty well with our readers, so we decided to publish a follow-up blog post featuring more of our favourite coffee blogs.

So, once again, pour yourself a cuppa, have a read, follow everyone on Twitter, share the love, and let us know if we’ve missed any other blogs off the list.



Pure Coffee Blog



Coffee fanatic Bill is on a mission to visit every worthwhile coffee house in the world – and he is documenting his journey on the ‘Pure Coffee Blog’, which features countless reviews of various coffee and tea establishments and products.

I Need Coffee



‘I Need Coffee’ is a coffee blog by coffee lovers – for coffee lovers!

The blog, which began life way back in 1999, is the brainchild of Seattle resident Michael Allen Smith, and it aims – via numerous tutorials and helpful articles – to not only celebrate excellent coffee, but to allow the average coffee fan to make better coffee at home.

In My Mug



Avid coffee roaster Stephen Leighton – who also owns ‘Has Been Coffee’ – is the driving force (or should that be ‘drinking’ force?) behind the ‘In My Mug’ website, which hosts a marvellous series of coffee vlogs (that’s video blog)

Stephen’s entertaining and informative videos (there are currently 337 on the site) feature his travels to coffee plantations around the world and are well worth 5 minutes of your time – especially if you love coffee as much as he does!

The Coffee Adventures


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‘The Coffee Adventures’ recounts the life of a self-described “average coffee lover”, who is on a mission to share as much information as she can about brewing and roasting high-quality coffee.

Of particular note are the in-depth coffee reviews, which are ideal if you’re looking to broaden your coffee horizons with a new blend…

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So, there we have it, some wonderful websites to check out next time you have a few minutes to kill online – or when your boss isn’t looking!

Do you already follow any of these blogs?

Are there any other coffee blogs out there that we should be featuring on this list?

Remember to get in touch with us here at Cafe2U HQ with your comments!