Falcon Coffees is a green coffee trading company that builds collaborative supply chains for mutual profit and positive social impact.

The company worked with our South East hub, the University of Brighton, to secure a Management Knowledge Transfer Partnership (mKTP). An mKTP is a 2.5 year business innovation project that gives the company access to funding to employ an experienced graduate and access to university academic expertise.  

Driving down the carbon footprint of coffee

The project will help the company build on their management capabilities. It will focus on environmental economics, to optimise coffee supply chains. The team will create a methodology that measures carbon emissions associated with coffee beans, from farming them in countries such as Costa Rica and Peru to roasting them in the UK. They’ll then investigate opportunities for carbon mitigation, sequestration and offset.  

The project will: 

  • Review of how the coffee industry approaches carbon offsetting
  • Explore and develop carbon mitigation options, investment and certification.
  • Model supply chains based on different customer scenarios
  • Create a communication strategy to publicise the approaches developed 
  • Make the tools developed open-source across the coffee industry, confirming Falcon’s sector-leading approach to sustainability.

Konrad Brits, founder and CEO of Falcon, said:  

“The threat from climate change means that every business in every industry will need to plot its way to a low-carbon economy. This partnership will allow us to work with our farmers and supply chain partners to not only measure our collective emissions but to educate ourselves on how to move to Net Zero, in line with the Paris Agreement”.