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Recycling our coffee bags

Can Horsham Coffee Roaster Coffee Bags be recycled?

Reduce, reuse, recycling are three of our core business values. We've worked very hard to reduce our emissions by using a Loring S35 eco roaster, sending out packages via DPD (a carbon neutral courier), using an electric car for our business and reusing packing when we can.

Coffee bags are usually made out of several layers of different types of material. These usually include, plastic, foil and paper. The worst material from an environmental perspective is the foil. Although it's a great way to keep coffee fresh, the manufacturing process of foil requires 6-7 times more energy and has a far worse overall impact on emissions and overall human health. More info can be found in the excellent article on plastic vs foil.

What are we doing about it?

Our 1kg and 250g bags are now made entirely from plastic that can be recycled. We've removed the foil and paper and our new bags are made from PET/PE plastic. These new bags can be recycled but unfortunately many councils in the UK offer very confusing guidance on recycling. There are also significant issues with the exportation of recycling to other countries for processing. We encourage our customers to find ways to recycle these products but please do check with your local council. If you'd like to learn more we've found a great website that explains the recycling of different types of plastics.

If you are concerned about proper recycling of the bags please feel free to post them back to us and we will make sure that they are correctly recycled by Terracycle. Our return address is The Studio, Howards Nursery, Handcross Road, RH136NX.


Horsham Coffee Roaster coffee bags
Our new packaging

Coffee freshness and packaging

Some customers have asked why we don't use paper packaging. Unfortunately most paper bags suitable for coffee are actually plastic lined. As they are mixed material they can't be recycled. Pure paper bags unfortunately don't keep the coffee airtight and fresh so it's a compromise between finding the right packaging to keep the product fresh and reducing the impact on the environment.

The future of coffee packaging

Several companies are producing coffee packaging that can be composted. Unfortunately some of these products are made from plant based materials that are often produced in countries that have cut down forests in order to plant crops to make these materials. Another major issue is that many of these bags can only be composted in commercial facilities. This means that most end up in the bin and in landfill which doesn't really solve the problem. The only perfect solution is to use re-usable containers which simply isn't practical for most people. If you visit us to purchase coffee you are more than welcome to bring your own container if you wish.

★ Reviews

Let customers speak for us

2453 reviews
Delicious taster pack

We ordered the taster pack to try a few batches before we pick something larger next time… no idea how we are going to chose as they are all delicious. I love the packaging and branding too, will definitely buy from these guys again.

We’re not easily pleased - honest!

This is our new favourite. We were disappointed that our usual Kenyan coffee was not available, but true to form Horsham never disappoints. This has a slightly fuller depth and richness to the flavour and makes a perfect cup every time. We’re on our 2nd kilo now!

Makes my mornings that much better

I upgraded from a cheap blade grinder to this and the difference is night and day. Consistency is key when it comes to good coffee and until I got this I was making a completely different cup each morning. Now I really feel like I have control over my grind size and my coffee quality has improved massively.

Easy to use, easy to clean, well priced compared to others on the market, what's not to love?

Best so far

This is absolutely delicious , best coffee so far

Class grinder

I recently was looking for an electric grinder that would not be over expensive but better than the cheaper end models so after lots of reviews I managed to settle on the wilfa . I also watched a James Hoffmann YouTube video of this grinder and liked what he had to say . Now I’ve been using it a few weeks it’s superb and quite quiet and very quick at grinding 14g of beans in no time at all . Overall I expect it to last a long time as it’s well built and easy to clean