Sustainability & ethics

Ethically sourced coffee, compostable packaging and carbon neutral deliveries

We work hard to try and create a fully sustainable coffee journey by focusing on transparent sourcing, working directly with farmers and sharing their stories, as well as using biodegradable packaging. We are constantly striving to improve what we do but here is some current info on our sustainability commitments.

Re-Cycle Charity Partnership

We donate 25p from every 250g bag and £1 from every 1kg bag of all Discovery Coffee sales to Re-Cycle, a small charity who recycle bikes from the UK and ships them to rural communities in Africa.

Re-Cycle work with partners in Africa who unload the bikes and employ people to refurbish them locally. They then put them into Re-Cycle lead projects or they distribute them to people living in rural communities.So far Re-Cycle have helped increase school attendance by 30% and donated over 112,000 bikes to Africa with 98% still operational after 3 years.

For every 28 kilos of coffee roasted, a single bike plus spare parts will be sent to Africa.


We use biodegradable packaging and plastic-free delivery boxes and tape. We’re constantly trying to improve and look for the more sustainable packaging options on the market.

We deliver all coffee waste product (‘coffee chaff’ and coffee grounds) to a local store where people collect and use it for animal bedding and garden fertilizer. Let us know if you have a use for this!

All paper we use is FSC certified and the paper we print at our roastery is made out of recycled coffee cups.

If you are a local retailer selling our coffee, you will most likely receive emission-free deliveries in an electric vehicle.

Ethical Sourcing

We are extremely passionate about traceability and aim to be fully transparent on where we get our coffee from, including how it is sourced and where it is sourced from, and how it is handled from the farm to your cup.

We work directly with farmers, making regular farm visits and paying at least twice the FairTrade price for their coffee. Forming direct, long-term relationships is hugely important as it provides a sustainable source of income for our suppliers. You can read more about our partnership with Tomas in El Salvador here.

We invest in quality and only source ‘specialty grade’ coffee, which means our coffee has a minimum score of 80/100 when graded for attributes such as aroma, flavour and balance. All of our coffees are above a score of 84.

Please click here for more information about our coffees. 

Read more about our Quality commitments and Our Story