The Coffee Run
Get involved with an innovative new environmental project! The Coffee Run reuses "waste" coffee grounds from Oxford cafes, transporting them Deliveroo-style to be used as fertiliser in local allotments ☕️ 🚴 🌱
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Turl Street Kitchen to various allotments around Oxford
What is the Coffee Run?
The Coffee Run is a brand new project started by Oxford Hub and the Oxford Circular Collective this year.
We take "waste" coffee grounds from Oxford cafes to local allotments where they can be used as fertiliser to grow new produce! The Deliveroo-style transportation process involves students cycling between a pick-up and drop-off point in the city, carrying coffee grounds in a bike trailer. So far we have used these recycled grounds to grow some oyster mushrooms, and are hoping to grow more this academic year - with your help!
Applications for this project are currently on hold, but we will be opening them soon, so watch this space!
Got a question? Just contact coffeerun@oxfordhub.org to find out more!
Why does the Coffee Run exist?
Good question!
Environmental issues are big news and they can sometimes feel a little overwhelming. The Coffee Run advocates for sustainability but by tackling a tangible local issue.
On average, we use just 18% to 22% of the coffee bean when we make a cup of coffee - meaning there's a whole bunch of organic waste produced for every Latte Macchiato. Over the course of a week this can add up to over 40kg of waste coffee ground in a cafe, which is normally just thrown into the food waste bin.
Handily, coffee grounds are actually amazingly rich in nitrogen, potassium, magnesium and phosphorous. This makes them great to be used for composting (worms love them) or as fertiliser (there are loads of cool initiatives which use coffee grounds to grow produce - even gourmet mushrooms).
Tell me more about the Oxford Circular Collective!
Glad you asked!
The Coffee Run is a partnership between Oxford Hub and the Oxford Circular Collective. The Collective is a Community Action Group of keen volunteers who implement a viable example of a local circular economy in a carbon-neutral, healthy and fun way.
The Circular Collective has used its previous experiences to provide invaluable support and connections to the project - as well as lending us the actual bike trailers we use to shift the coffee!
What else does the Collective do?
  • The Collective offers a bike-trailer collection service for small household items that are no longer needed – reusable or repairable.
  • Items are sorted into the main circular streams: reuse > repair > recycle > upcycle.
  • They can then be delivered back into the “system”, but focusing on local sustainable and socio-environmental reuse, repair and recycling organisations or community action groups.
  • Occasionally the Collective also organises events and workshops, such as upcycling sessions, swap-shops, guest speakers, litter picking, etc.
Find out more about the Collective on their website or by contacting oxfordcircularcollective@gmail.com!
Why volunteer with the Coffee Run?
As if you needed more convincing, here are some of the perks:
  • An opportunity to take action and tackle sustainability issues
  • As well as getting an inside look at local organisations who are already working to have a positive environmental impact
  • A chance to meet like-minded students
  • An excuse to break out of the College/Tesco/lectures "bubble" and get involved with the wider Oxford community
  • The opportunity to take a leading role in shaping a new project, developing skills such as project management and innovation
  • And a worthwhile way to keep active!
Support with your application
Oxford Hub is committed to making our activities inclusive to all students. We can make reasonable adjustments to application processes, training sessions, volunteering projects and other activities, and can reimburse expenses such as bus tickets. We also provide ongoing support for the students we work with, so if you have particular accessibility needs, including special educational needs, please do get in touch at abigail.rose@oxfordhub.org and let us know how we can make the activity more accessible.
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