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Gaviña Coffee, based in California recycled over 3 million coffee capsules & bags Recycled in Partnership with TerraCycle

Gaviña Coffee, based in California recycled over 3 million coffee capsules & bags Recycled in Partnership with TerraCycle

April 20 - 2024

Coffee Geography Magazine


Gaviña Coffee Company, makers of Don Francisco's® Coffee, José's® Gourmet Coffee, Café La Llave®, and a wide variety of other family-crafted coffees, is celebrating Earth Month by announcing that it has recycled over 3 million used coffee bags, single serve coffee pods, and espresso capsules through its free recycling program in partnership with TerraCycle®, the international leader in innovative sustainability solutions. 

The Coffee Bag and Pod Free Recycling Program allows coffee drinkers to enjoy their favorite Gaviña Coffee Company products sustainably. Participants contribute to waste reduction by recycling empty coffee bags and used coffee pods and capsules from three Gaviña Coffee Company brands, including Don Francisco's Coffee, José's Gourmet Coffee and Café La Llave. In the four years of the partnership, enough coffee bags, pods and espresso capsules have been recycled to stand 1,500 times as tall as the Statue of Liberty when stacked end-to-end1 and enough material has been collected to create 653 park benches2.

"Today's coffee consumers demand quality and diverse brewing methods while actively seeking ways to minimize their waste footprint," says Lisette Gaviña Lopez, 4th generation roaster at Gaviña Coffee Company. "That's why we're thrilled to deliver the quality and variety they crave, along with a free and easy way for them to do their part for the environment. We take immense pride in the continued success of our recycling program and hope it motivates even more individuals to take steps towards a greener future." 

The Coffee Bag and Pod Free Recycling Program offer an easy way for consumers to maintain their sustainable goals and recycle their used Gaviña Coffee Company coffee bags, pods and capsules from the following products:

• Don Francisco's Coffee Family Reserve® coffee bags 

• Don Francisco's Coffee Family Reserve® Single Serve Coffee Pods 

• Don Francisco's Coffee Family Reserve® Espresso Capsules 

• Café La Llave Espresso Style Single Serve Coffee Pods 

• Café La Llave Espresso Capsules 

• José's Gourmet Coffee Bags 


"At TerraCycle, we understand America's love affair with a great cup of coffee – we share the sentiment," said TerraCycle CEO and Founder, Tom Szaky. "By participating in the Coffee Bag and Pod Recycling Program, coffee aficionados can enjoy their favorite brew with the confidence that their coffee packaging waste will be recycled and kept out of incinerators and landfills." 

Once collected, the packaging is cleaned, separated by material type, melted and remolded to make new recycled products while the residual coffee is sent to an industrial composting facility. Additionally, with every shipment sent to TerraCycle through the program, consumers can earn TerraCycle Recycling Rewards points that can be converted to cash and donated to the nonprofit, school or charitable organization of their choice. 

Established in Vernon, California in 1967, Gaviña Coffee Company is one of the largest family-owned coffee companies in America and the nation's largest privately held minority-owned coffee roaster. The family's coffee experience, as coffee growers and roasters, dates back more than 150 years to the family's humble beginnings in the rich coffee-bearing soil of Cuba and has paved the way for a strong presence in wholesale and retail accounts across the U.S.