Virginia-based Massimo Zanetti Beverage USA (MZB) has partnered with Faribault, Minn.-based JavaCycle to turn millions of pounds of roasted coffee bean waste into commercial fertilizer. MZB will supply JavaCycle with truckloads of coffee bean chaff, which will be mixed with soybean and bone metal to create an all-purpose fertilizer.
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If you are a java junkie, you may be unwittingly contributing to landfill waste. But a Faribault coffee roaster thinks he has found a sustainable answer to the conundrum.
The parent company of Hills Bros. Coffee and Chock Full O’Nuts has partnered with the tiny Minnesota-based operation to convert millions of pounds of roasted coffee-bean waste into commercial fertilizer.
The new partnership, between JavaCycle in Faribault and Massimo Zanetti Beverage USA (MZB) in Virginia, turns the agricultural waste into a sustainable product worth real cash. The companies involved are hopeful the venture will eventually lead to millions of dollars in revenue and scores of new jobs.