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Let’s work together to make coffee eco-friendly

We’re proud of our strict sustainability practises, because it means that every cup of NESCAFÉ contributes to making the world a better place. 100% pure coffee, grown, picked, and roasted to perfection – all with as little impact on the environment as possible, from bean to cup.

Having a lower impact on the climate is up to all of us, so to help you, we’ve put together a few eco-friendly coffee sustainability hacks, so that you can enjoy your favourite NESCAFÉ with the knowledge that you’re doing your part too.

Use your kettle consciously

If you had to guess which appliance in your kitchen used the most electricity, which one would it be? You might be surprised to find out that using your electric kettle would be high on the list. Here's a small kettle hack to cut down on energy and electricity usage - you don't even need to boil the water. Just heat it up to the optimal 80 degrees for the perfect cup of sustainable coffee. Everybody wins!

More waterwise tips

NESCAFÉ instant coffee granules are water soluble, meaning you just need to add water in order to dissolve them for every delicious cup of NESCAFÉ coffee. But how much water do you actually need to heat up? Considering that a cup of NESCAFÉ requires 200ml of water, why fill and boil the whole kettle? It takes longer and uses much more electricity - and boiling hot water doesn't make the best-tasting coffee anyway. Rather heat up as much as you need for a cup, and enjoy your delicious cup of NESCAFÉ, made with care.

Reusable cups

Taking your NESCAFÉ with you in the car, bus, or train on the way to work is an easy way to drink coffee sustainably. A travel mug, or even a flask will keep you NESCAFÉ perfectly hot (or cold, if you're taking an iced coffee with you), and it helps to cut down on using paper or polystyrene cups. It's the most eco-friendly way to drink your perfect homemade coffee, wherever you are. You could also take your favourite NESCAFÉ mug to work, and use that instead of the paper or polystyrene cups provided by your workplace. If you decide to take a mug to your office, make sure your co-workers don't steal it!

Getting everything your coffee has to offer

If you’re brewing your coffee at home, save your NESCAFÉ coffee grounds. Since it’s 100% pure, high-quality coffee, its power doesn’t stop with just your cup. There are so many uses for coffee grounds you may never have even heard of.

Fertilise your garden

Coffee grounds also make a great fertiliser. Using coffee grounds for gardening replenishes the soil with important nutrients and minerals. Just sprinkle them over your vegetable or flower garden, water it, and reap the benefits of enriched, nourished soil. Be careful not to use too much - coffee grounds should only make up about 10% of your compost, because it can be very acidic, which harms your soil and your plants.

Plants that love coffee grounds

Many plants will benefit from coffee grounds in your soil, and it's not just your flower beds - roses, lilies, and azaleas all grow well in acidic soil, but your vegetable patch will benefit too. Carrots, radishes, and cabbages grow better in soil with coffee grounds as fertiliser.

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What are coffee grounds good for?

Used coffee grounds are rich in nitrogen and other important minerals that your garden and vegetable patch will love. Simply sprinkle the used coffee grounds on the soil, and water your plants as normal. You can also use coffee grounds as an exfoliating face or body scrub.

What's the most sustainable way to drink coffee?

There’s no “one way” to drink coffee sustainably – it’s a combined effort that starts by heating water carefully, by only using the amount of water you need, and stopping the kettle before it boils fully, as the perfect temperature for NESCAFÉ coffee is 80º C. You can also use a reusable coffee cup or a travel mug, and make your coffee with recyclable utensils.

How can I be more sustainable when using coffee cups?

Simple – use a reusable coffee cup. Disposable cups aren’t always easily recycled, so they cannot easily be thrown away. Rather use a mug (whether it's a ceramic mug, or a plastic travel mug) that you carry around with you to work or your local coffee shop.