Glasgow Coffee Festival tackles landfill waste by banning disposable cups

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Dear Green Coffee Roasters bring their sell-out Glasgow Coffee Festival back to The Briggait for a fourth time this May. This year, they’ve said no to all disposable coffee cups in an effort to pioneer a culture change, and embrace reuse.

The event organisers ask ticket holders to bring their own reusable cup to combat the 30,000 tonnes of coffee cup waste which are disposed each year in the UK. KeepCup will be on hand at the festival to loan reusable cups to anyone who needs to borrow one for the day.

Event organiser, and founder of Dear Green Coffee Roasters, Lisa Lawson says, “Everything we do is from an ethical stance, and we felt like it was time for Glasgow Coffee Festival to partner with KeepCup to lead the way with reusable cups.”

This initiative has been made possible because of sponsor KeepCup. Co-founder of KeepCup, Abigail Forsyth says: “I was born in Glasgow, the values that led to the creation of KeepCup are from my Scottish family – “many a mickle makes a muckle” – so it’s awesome that the first disposable cup-free coffee festival is here.”

The event has focused on reusable cups rather than compostable due to the confusion over recycling practices in the UK. There’s a common misconception that compostable cups are recyclable whereas in practice, they are usually disposed of in household waste.

Glasgow Coffee Festival is a two-day event celebrating speciality coffee. The event hosts exhibitors from across the UK serving delicious coffee, food, masterclasses, workshops, presentations and demonstrations.

La Marzocco are a leading manufacturer and supplier of espresso equipment to cafes around the world, and will be supporting the festival as one of the main sponsors. Paul Kelly, Sales Manager of La Marzocco UK & Ireland says: “La Marzocco are delighted to support Dear Green once again to showcase the Scottish coffee scene at The Glasgow Coffee Festival. This year’s event will be pioneering and a welcome culture change to encourage the use of reusables. La Marzocco are happy to support the growth of independent coffee scenes and have loved seeing the growth in Glasgow and beyond.”

The other event sponsor is Mercanta. Mercanta supply speciality coffee roasters with green beans from around the world.



The UK Brewers Cup final by the Speciality Coffee Association will also be taking part at the festival. Baristas from around the UK will have 7 minutes to brew three coffees for the judging panel. The idea behind the UK Brewers Cup is to showcase the art of hand-brewed filter coffee.

Dear Green Coffee Roasters are a speciality coffee roaster and are the organisers of Glasgow Coffee Festival. Lisa Lawson says, “It’s awesome to see the growth in appreciation and understanding of speciality coffee in Scotland. Every year the event has sold out so we’re expecting 2018 to be the best year yet. The festival is a great way to celebrate and recognise the speciality coffee community by bringing everyone together for the weekend.”

All event proceeds go to support charitable causes World Coffee Research and Glasgow City Mission.

Event sponsors are Dear Green Coffee Roasters, KeepCup, La Marzocco UK and Mercanta with more being announced soon. The line up of stallholders will be announced in the coming weeks including more details about the environmental sustainability aspects of the event.



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