Q: Do they smell of coffee when they burn?
George: Not really — by the time the coffee has been used to make an espresso, processed at our factory and compressed, most of the aromatic compounds have been used up. It is subjective though, some of our customers say their front room smells like a café and others say it smells more like traditional burning wood or has little to no odour.
Q: Do you add chemicals to the Coffee Logs to make them burn?
George: No, but we do add a bit of sawdust to help them bind.
Q: Do they cost the same as a bag of real wood logs?
George: We think you shouldn’t have to pay extra to choose the environmental option, so we’ve priced the Coffee Logs similarly to other biomass briquettes and heat logs. The RRP is £6.99 for a bag of 16 logs.
Q: Who buys Coffee Logs?
George: Anyone who owns a wood-burner or has an open fire and wants an efficient and eco-friendly fuel! We sell Coffee Logs through a range of retail partners, from the likes of Morrisons and Blue Diamond garden centres through to small independent farm shops. You can also find them online on the likes of Amazon, Abel & Cole and Ocado.
Q: How do you encourage people to use Coffee Logs rather than wood logs?
George: It’s about making people aware that they’re out there as a great alternative to conventional fuels — and getting across the benefits like how efficient it is, how it helps reduce your carbon footprint and that the Logs are made in the UK.
Q: What made you work with bio-bean?
Anna: At Cawleys we are always looking for innovative and exciting ways to manage all kinds of waste. When the opportunity to work with bio-bean arose, we couldn’t turn it down. Drinking coffee is such a large part of people’s everyday life and, as delicious as it is, its waste can have a detrimental impact on the environment. Working with bio-bean to find a useful second life use for coffee grounds fits with our ethos of finding sustainable recycling and waste solutions for customers.
Q: Why have you chosen to work with Cawleys?
George: We started partnering with Cawleys to collect coffee grounds from the Canary Wharf Estate in London. They did a fantastic job turning the area into a clean coffee zone. We’ve found them to be great, consistent and reliable people to work with, so it made sense to expand our partnership into the other areas where they operate.