It’s finally here–the world’s first biodiesel-run coffee roaster–right here in our own backyard! We first heard about this project at the beginning of the year, when we were looking to release Greg Pahl’s Biodiesel book. I’ve got to admit, I kind of had doubts about whether the roaster would ever come to be….but Vermont Coffee unveiled the machine this week, and hopes to talk it up next month at the Natural Products Expo in DC. The Addison Independent ran a story on Vermont Coffee and the roaster yesterday, and I was surprised to read how much the company has grown recently. Apart from being 30% more fuel efficient, the new roaster is supposed to help VT Coffee meet their needs without running their two older roasters 12 hours a day.
Normally when you hear about sustainable coffee you hear about organically grown beans or fair trade, but the bio-fueled roaster could be another answer to the question:What is Sustainable Coffee?