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Saltwinds Coffee Company
Saltwinds Coffee Company
Made in the Maritimes

Saltwinds’ Sustainability

Did you know that your daily cup of coffee can leave a big impact on your carbon footprint? From the moment coffee beans are sourced to the final brewing process, there are numerous stages where carbon emissions can accumulate, contributing to climate change. At Saltwinds, we’re leading the industry in minimizing emissions produced by our coffee. Initial results from our pilot testing suggest that the carbon footprint of our coffee is up to 13% lower than that of other coffees, and we are working to reduce this even further. How have we made our coffee so planet friendly? Join us on the journey to see the environmental impact of how your coffee gets to your cup. Then, learn what Saltwinds is doing to combat pollution.

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Coffee Carbon Emissions


  • The carbon emissions from sourcing coffee beans can vary widely depending on factors such as the distance traveled, transportation methods used (air, sea, land), and farming practices. On average, the sourcing stage can contribute around 1.5 kilograms of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) emissions per kilogram of green coffee beans.


  • The carbon emissions from processing coffee cherries into green coffee beans depend on the energy sources used during processing (e.g., electricity, fossil fuels), water usage, and waste management practices. On average, this stage can contribute approximately 0.5 kilograms of CO2e emissions per kilogram of green coffee beans.


  • Roasting coffee beans typically requires high temperatures, which are often generated using natural gas or electricity. The carbon emissions from roasting can vary based on the efficiency of roasting equipment and the energy sources used. On average, roasting contributes around 5 kilograms of CO2e emissions per kilogram of roasted coffee beans. This is 15% of the overall emissions from coffee. Saltwinds is working to eliminate these emissions in our coffee. 

Packaging and Distribution:

  • The carbon emissions from packaging and distributing coffee involve factors such as the materials used for packaging (plastic, aluminum, paper), transportation methods (trucks, ships, planes), and the distance traveled. 


  • The carbon emissions from brewing coffee depend on what method you use to brew your coffee. More electricity means more emissions. On average, brewing coffee at home or in cafes can contribute around 0.2 kilograms of CO2e emissions per kilogram of brewed coffee.
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Making Coffee Greener

Saltwinds is working with leading industry innovators on our Carbon Capture technology to capture CO2 emissions from roasting. We are working with scientists at the University of New Brunswick, and our project has been supported by the Canadian Food Innovation Network, and the National Research Council. Our goal is to capture all our roasting emissions, and to be truly net zero on emissions and we are taking important steps to get there. 

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