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Our Nescafé factory runs on coffee too

Spent coffee grounds help power Queensland factory
Our Nescafé factory runs on coffee too!

Nescafé keeps more than coffee lovers energised! 

The coffee grounds left over from the brewing process that makes your cup of Nescafé are being used to power the Nescafé factory in Gympie, Queensland. 

More than 60 per cent of the energy used by the factory comes from renewable sources, including used coffee grounds. Talk about an energy hit!  

Together with locally sourced sawdust, the waste coffee grounds fuel a boiler generating the steam needed in the manufacturing process. This process created more than 113,274 gigajoules of energy in 2020 – enough to power every home in Gympie!  

But there’s more – this keeps the spent coffee grounds out of our waste stream, reducing waste transportation and disposal.  

Factory Manager Richard Jones said, “Our team takes sustainability seriously, and we work hard to reduce our environmental impact, while still creating a great cup of Nescafé coffee. Using spent coffee grounds in the manufacturing process is a perfect example of seeing waste as a resource. We’re proud to be creating efficiencies within our factory to make our coffee production more sustainable.”

The use of renewable energy at the Nescafé factory is just one part of Nestlé’s actions to achieve our global ambition of net zero emissions by 2050. As part of this journey, by 2025 every Nestlé site worldwide will use 100% renewable electricity.