Vermont Coffee Company is 1st US Coffee Roaster Powered by 100% Renewable Energy
Addison County Economic Development Corporation (ACEDC) member Vermont Coffee Company has announced that its coffee roasting facility in Middlebury is now powered by 100% renewable energy, the first U.S. coffee roaster to do so. VT Coffee is also 100% certified organic.
Their facility will now be 100% powered by electricity and thermal energy sourced from methane, reducing carbon emissions in the production process. Electricity will be sourced from anaerobic digesters operated by Addison County dairy farms, which extract methane gas from cow manure. Thermal energy is sourced from methane recovered from a Quebec-based engineered landfill and this methane replaces propane in the production process.
To ensure the success of the new energy supply agreement, the company also invested in new coffee roasting equipment in recent years in order to make the company’s roasting operations more efficient. Although renewable bio-energy costs more to produce, VT Coffee voluntarily pays a premium price to their suppliers for the renewables they consume. By investing in this better technology, they are also not passing these higher utility costs on to their customers.