Hospitality & Tourism

Published: March 11, 2020 | Updated: March 11, 2020

Leisure group partners with coffee company to produce the perfect – and eco-friendly – blend

By Andrew Diprose, editor

A partnership with an eco-friendly coffee producer is set to become the perfect blend for a Dorset leisure group.

Highcliffe-based Hoburne Group, which operates holiday parks and golf clubs across the south and south west, has joined forces with The Eco Coffee Company.

The business, founded just two years ago, offers a unique method of recycling coffee grounds (the dregs remaining after brewing coffee).

It collects and recycles the used coffee grounds into fuel pellets which then act as biofuel to roast the next batch of coffee, so completing the loop.

The Eco Coffee Company will also supply Hoburne with its coffee beans.

With a choice of four blends, Hoburne has introduced the Spinnaker Blend, a dark roast coffee that is now available for guests across its holiday parks and three golf clubs.

As part of the new partnership, The Eco Coffee Company, which is based in Three Legged Cross, will also:

  • Service Hoburne’s machines.
  • Offer barista training to Hoburne’s food and beverage team.
  • Supply Hoburne with re-usable travel cups, made of recycled plastic, as well as offering 100 per cent compostable single-use cups if required.

Ben Dalton, Hoburne’s Group Retail Manager, said: “As a large holiday and leisure provider, Hoburne is committed to minimising its impact on the environment and where possible work with eco-friendly local suppliers.

“We have always had a strong sense of responsibility for the environment and the demand for sustainable leisure has become increasingly critical across the industry.

“As a family-run business, with holiday parks and golf clubs positioned in some of the most unspoilt locations, we are committed to ensuring we have several initiatives in place to help improve our environmental footprint for future generations.”

Stuart Atkins, Managing Director of The Eco Coffee Company, added: “We are delighted to be working with Hoburne, it is such a big name locally and within the leisure and tourism industry.

“For us as a business, it is important we work with like-minded companies that are considerate of the environment.

“We offer a unique, sustainable way of producing coffee and the recycling of grounds is one of the key elements to the carbon neutral, zero waste process.

“The Eco Coffee is ethically sourced, roasted in Dorset and features a range of premium 100 per cent Arabica blends.”

More than 500,000 tons of waste coffee grounds are sent to landfill in the UK each year.

According to The Eco Coffee Company, the ever-growing coffee consumption is significantly contributing towards global warming.

It points out that coffee grounds accelerate the decomposition of other food wastes that are sent to landfill.

As the food wastes decompose, they produce methane, a greenhouse gas with more than 20 times the global warming capacity of carbon dioxide.