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Ocean Grind, Torquay

Ocean Grind is an inspiring and innovative coffee roastery located in Torquay, Victoria

Ocean Grind is about a passion for quality coffee and a love of the ocean. It’s about appreciating the coast and the natural environment, the allure of the ocean with the grinding waves it produces.

Did you ever think coffee and the ocean have a fair bit in common? Whether you surf, swim or walk along the beach, it’s a daily ritual along the Australian coast, just like that first coffee in the morning. Both the ocean and coffee are a fix for your senses – an antidote for the soul. Take a sip and feel the ocean breeze.

Phasing out single-use cups

It’s been just over a year since Ocean Grind ditched single-use cups for good. COVID certainly made things tricky, but they still managed to stick with reusables all the way and they estimate that – thanks to their awesome customers – together they have prevented around 45,000 disposable cups getting used (plus the 1,800 plastic sleeves that the cups are packaged in) and most of which would’ve ended up in landfill or our waterways.

In a year where things have been completely out of control, it’s pretty cool to know that we all can always make positive change just by our little daily actions and habits. Huge thanks to their team and customers for choosing reusable.

Surf Coast Times Article about Ocean Grind’s COVID Cup Swap System.

Minimal impact on the environment

Ocean Grind is committed to environmentally sustainable practices:

  • They are phasing out disposable coffee cups.
  • They use 100% compostable coffee bags.
  • They offer $1 discount for customers who bring a tin or jar in to fill with coffee beans.
  • All their used coffee grounds get used in gardens.
  • Their wholesale customers use reusable tins for their coffee.
  • They stockpile all their soft plastics to get recycled.
  • They support Tangaroa Blue with donations to assist their work co-ordinating the Australian Marine Debris Initiative. Plus they organise a series of beach clean-ups throughout the year.
  • Their beans are ethically sourced, with a preference for estates using sustainable farming practices and looking after their workers. Some may be certified (e.g. Rainforest Alliance) but they also like to include small, independent farms that are doing the right things by the environment and their workers, but may not necessarily be certified.

Why bother?

«We love the ocean and our beautiful coastline. Fundamentally, we like to think that our kids and our kids’ kids can experience nature as we have. One small coffee business obviously cannot control climate change, nor rid the ocean of plastic waste. However, we can at least do our best to not add to the problem.

Doing all the above actions is a choice we have – and it’s an obvious choice for us. We don’t see it as being ‹green’ . . . it’s really about being smart – being sensible. If there’s a better (less harmful) way of doing something and it’s within our means, then why the hell not do it? We think this should really be the norm. It is certainly an ongoing process for us and we’ll always keep looking for ways to improve.» Ocean Grind

Ocean Grind Website | COVID Cup Swap System Surf Coast Times Article

Don’t forget to also compost your used coffee grounds at home – worms love it!

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