Uncommon Coffee Roasters has always sought out sustainable sources of green coffee beans, traveling to origin to visit farms and meeting producers and farm workers whenever possible. UCR also wants to create and maintain a sustainable workplace for employees and to reduce their carbon footprint. Here are just a few of the ways that the company is helping to accomplish this goal.

Grounds-to-Ground Initiative –  Since the beginning of 2017, UCR has donated nearly 12 TONS of exhausted coffee grounds to be repurposed at Houser Enterprises. That’s 24,000 pounds of coffee grounds that were diverted from our landfills! Learn more.

100% Biodegradable Single Serve Cups  UCR cares about providing customers with high quality coffee; They also saw a need for an environmentally friendly option that fulfilled customers needs for convenience as well. The Biodegradable UpShot single-serve capsule encompasses all of the above. It’s landfill free, sustainable and leaves a positive footprint on the environment all while brewing a flavorful cup of coffee that you deserve.

Coffee in Cartons  UCR teamed with Natural By Nature Dairy to create 3 types of Cold Brew Coffee available in dairy style cartons. The primary raw material for our cartons is wood, a renewable resource from responsibly managed forests and other controlled sources. All our cartons are fully recyclable, thus reducing raw material use and carbon emissions. The shape of the carton provides more space efficiency during transport and storage; transported as a flat-pack prior to filling further reduces delivery costs and environmental impact. Learn more


Compostable Paper Products – UCR designed unique cups and sleeves to enhance their consumer’s coffee experience. The cups and sleeves are produced by World Centric, a socially responsible company that provides zero waste solutions to reduce environmental impact. Their products are certified by the Biodegradable Products Institute(BPI). BPI is a third-party organization that reviews and certifies compostable products that meet ASTM D6400 and ASTM D6868 conditions for compostability.


UCR provides these compostable paper products available to their wholesale customers at an affordable rate so that they can help to protect the earth’s ecosystems and natural resources for generations to come.