(Bloomberg) – There has never been a more dreamy way to deliver your coffee than a sailing boat across the Atlantic.
A small number of specialty rosters in Europe are now offering sailed beans instead of shipping fossil-fueled ships from South America. While these are a rare luxury compared to standard bags of supermarket coffee, these air-blown beans can inspire some imaginative ideas to find and stamp carbon emissions from your daily life.
A glimpse of the journey: Roasters buy beans directly from farmers in countries like Colombia before they are stored in a warehouse and loaded onto a sailing boat – destined for ports such as Le Havre in England, France or Pennsylvania. It usually takes six weeks to cross. Beans are couriered to special rosters before finishing in a coffee shop or home-served espresso.
“You’re almost a step away from growing coffee,” said Richard Blake, founder of Yalla Coffee, a Cornwall-based roster that sells beans from Colombia. A 1-kilogram bag of Yalla Coffee Las Brisas beans costs 50 ($ 62) but boasts a “carbon footprint close to zero”. For comparison, the most expensive coffee bean sold online at UK supermarket Tesco plc is a 1-kg bag for 13.75 ($ 17). Blake says people are happy to pay for a premium product “if they think everything has value. Steps. “
“It can be lost on the supermarket shelf with a homogeneous mixture of beans,” he said, “although it has a single origin, and if it’s on a ship, there are fewer people in the chain and it creates more value.”
A few years ago, a small group of eco-centric entrepreneurs like Shiped by Sale in the UK started using pirate-like scanners to prove that products like coffee can be transported with emissions close to zero – even if it costs more and is hundreds of years old. All the risks associated with crossing the Atlantic in a wooden boat are dozens of bags for high-end beans.
What started out as Brave is now making a little more business money. Consumers are becoming more willing to pay extra for green coffee and roasters are facing the challenge of delivering it to them.
Belco Nin, a sustainable coffee importer based in France, serves about 1,000 specialized rosters across Europe. The company bought 22 tonnes of Colombian coffee supplied by a Schunner earlier this year. It has received such a positive response from customers that they now plan to import at least half of their total coffee beans – about 4,000 tons – by sailing boat by 2025. To do this though, they would need a large boat .
Belco is relying on shipments from France’s Transoceanic Wind Transport, a freight forwarding company. To meet the growing demand of customers like Belco, TOWT is building a sailing ship capable of carrying 1,100 tons of goods. The first ship should follow in June next year and three more by 2026.
On the other side of the Atlantic, SailCargo Inc. of Costa Rica. Fair Trade is preparing to ship North American beans to customers, such as Serge Picard, owner of Cafe William Spartivento, Canada’s largest roster for organic coffee. Cafe Williams says it has invested in a new SailCargo ship that will carry 250 tons of cargo when it is expected to launch next year.
Years of innovation have given the coffee industry a great way to reduce its carbon footprint at the farm level, from replacing chemical fertilizers with organic waste to the use of renewable energy in electrical equipment. Shipping has been a weak spot. It may be more efficient to transport coffee beans by sea than by air, but the engines of today’s cargo ships are powered by bunker fuel – the oil refining process drag. Large sailing boats have motors when needed, but their main source of energy is exhaust-free air, which gives them the added benefit of avoiding the volatility of most oil prices.
To be sure, conventional cargo যারা which carries thousands of tons of goods অনেক is much more economical than an old pirate ship or even a 1,000-ton sailing ship to transport a variety of goods, such as coffee. This, however, does not deter some coffee importers and sailors from trying to overthrow the command of heavy ships in the high seas.
Maxine Lacroix, co-founder of the Belgian specialty Roastry Xavier, which received its first order of coffee beans by sailing boat earlier this year, is keen to see disruptions in the shipping industry.
“We have to have a lot of small actors to be able to change things, because big actors are definitely not going to do that,” he said. “Change must come from below.”
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