It's not just about the coffee.

We know. Gasp, shock, horror! It’s not all about the coffee?!

We it’s not actually. We’d like to think we are leaving the world a little better than we found it, especially in Manchester, so we have teamed up with some of our amazing exhibitors and sponsors to bring you our #reusable campaign. We want to encourage you to bring, buy or borrow a reusable coffee cup so we can reduce our environmental footprint for the festival.

Why though? Well here are some interesting facts about waste that made us want to be better.

In the UK we use more than 7 million disposable coffee cups every day - that’s 2.5 billion a year. And out of that 2.5 billion a year, less than 1% are recycled. This is because the cups are bound together by plastic polyethlyne, which makes them water tight so they can hold coffee. But when we put our latte’s in them, it means we can’t recycle them in a normal plant, because they contain liquid, so have to be sent across to one of three specialist facilities in the UK to do so.

The coffee cups also have to be separated because they aren’t pure paper and for them to be recycled, this needs to happen, so it’s a tricky business recycling what holds our favourite cup o’ joe.

So what are we doing to help the problem at the Manchester Coffee Festival?

This year we have taken quite a few steps to make it really easy for you to go reusable with us.

Here's what you'll find. 

1). KeepCup are providing cups so you can put a deposit down to use a reusable cup when you arrive, and when you leave, you can return the cup for free or pick up the lid and keep the cup at no extra cost  

2). La Marzocco will have a dedicated "disposable free" zone at the festival 

3). Espresso Solutions will provide wash stations for your cups around the event 

4). And we are encouraging all of you to bring your own reusable cup with you too. If you forget then there’s no need to worry (see KeepCup point 1).

We would love for you to help us on this journey of making the festival as reusable as possible, so do let us know if you have any other ideas that would help too.

We can’t wait to see you with your reusable coffee cups in November!

The Manchester Coffee Festival Team.

Image from @keepcup