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Coffee Energy

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Coffee Energy

Coffee Energy

Ben  Becker By Ben Becker

We want to create the world’s first sustainable coffee shop that is heated using its own spent coffee grounds – by installing a biomass stove that runs on ‘coffee fuel’, into a coffee shop.

Islington Idea stage

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We will achieve this by installing a biomass stove, which is a controlled heating system that uses biomass (any material that is produced by nature) to provide warmth to a single room and/or hot water boilers. In this case we will use recycled spent coffee – coffee pellets – as the fuel source, which is an extremely good source of energy due to its high calorific value.

The Coffee Works Project was voted no.1 coffee shop in the Islington area. It continually enhances the community spirit and has become a Islington meeting place – this has been achieved by employing local staff, hosting community events, including weekly police meetings, and public focused events, which encourages multicultural people from across Islington and the surrounding boroughs.

In collaboration with the Coffee Works Project and Angel BID Beanergi intends to install a biomass stove that is fuelled with coffee pellets, into their coffee shop, together with information about biomass and sustainable energy.

What we'll deliver:

  • Install and commission a bio-mass stove
  • Promote recycling and green energy across London, furthering the Mayor’s environmental targets for the city
  • Draw attention to local, independent business through PR marketing around this initiative
  • Provide access to information on biomass and green energy, encouraging other business to take part
  • Supply coffee fuel (pellets) that is collected locally from coffee shops

Why it's a great idea:

Our proposal represents a true green innovation and will kick start a revolution in the recycling and sustainable energy sector across London. It will show, first-hand, how coffee-waste can actually be used for heating, dramatically reducing the carbon footprint of a coffee shop as well reducing their overall energy costs. In addition it will capture the public's imagination by showing the power of recycling and encourage other businesses to think green.

This project completely supports the Mayor's Environmental targets and demonstrates first-hand how businesses can directly benefit from environmental initiatives. In addition it supports local independent businesses (coffee shops) that are innovative by nature and lead change in their sector. Finally it will create a ripple that will become a trend for businesses and community organisations (and in particular coffee shops) across London to convert to bio-mass sustainable coffee-energy where possible.

Steps to get it done:

  • Have an accredited HEATs engineer come in and install the biomass stove
  • Work with Angel BID to ensure the success of the project

Coffee shops have become a focus of the local community, a "third space" for people other than home and work, where people relax or meet. It is envisaged that this project will encourage further recycling projects and will eventually become adopted throughout London. It is anticipated that this project will be a pilot project for future, similar installations.

Location Islington

About the space

Community coffee shop


Angel BID

How will the money be spent?Total £7,167

Biomass stove - £3,000 (42%)
Biomass stove installation - £1,580 (22%)
Chimney lining team - £1,500 (21%)
Stone hearth - £400 (6%)
Other - £687 (10%)

Costs Breakdown

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Biomass stove
Biomass stove installation
Chimney lining team
Stone hearth
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  • Transaction Fees
  • Spacehive fees
  • VAT

Total £7,167

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