we care about our planet


we care about our planet

Each cup of Arvid Nordquist coffee contributes to the planting of trees in deforested areas in coffee growing countries.


The production of coffee causes carbon emissions during cultivation, transport and roasting. At Arvid Nordquist Coffee we are actively working to reduce these emissions and our environmental impact. By planting trees in coffee growing countries we carbon offset for the carbon emissions that we still can not reach. Here's how it works.



Cultivation represents the largest part of coffee production's impact upon the climate. This is due to the energy used and to the production process for the artificial fertilisers which are used. The organic cultivation of coffee without artificial fertilisers has a significantly smaller impact on climate change than conventionally-grown coffee; 1.1 kg CO2e compared with 3 kg CO2e in the case of non-organic farming and 2 kg CO2e for UTZ-certified coffee.

  • We exclusively use coffee from sustainable-certified farmers, where the impact upon the environment is minimised. The farmers are certified by UTZ, Rainforest Alliance, Fairtrade and/or EU-Organic/KRAV.
  • We calculate the climatic impact from each individual coffee farm all the way down to individual items, with the aim of steering bean-content to farms which have the least impact upon the climate.
  • We shall increase the volume of organically produced coffee.
CO2e emissions: 2,4 kg Share of total: 49%


When coffee is processed using the washed method, the skin and pulp are removed in what is known as a pulper, a drum which works in a similar way to a centrifuge. The beans are then placed in tanks filled with water and the natural mucilage layer is removed by fermentation due to contact with the water. The coffee is then washed again, this time with clean water. We also use the natural method, where the coffee is sun-dried with the fruit on, and then the skin and fruit husk are removed without using water. In this case, only the amount of energy required for the water-free pulper is calculated.

  • We calculate the climate impact from each individual coffee farm all the way to each individual item, with a view to steering bean content to farms with less climate impact
  • Sustainably certified coffee farms are required to optimise their use of water in order to reduce wastage
  • Certified farms treat their water so that it can be reused
  • Certified farms are working to reduce their energy consumption
  • UTZ-certified farms work to reuse the fruit pulp as natural fertiliser and ground cover, and for biogas systems with a view to making the switch to renewable energy sources
CO2e emissions: 1,92 kg Share of total: 39%
transport to roasting house

transport to roasting house

Arvid Nordquist's raw coffee is transported on large container ships from the country producing the raw coffee to Sweden. The majority of consignments are taken by boat all the way to Stockholm and then the short distance by lorry to the Arvid Nordquist coffee-roasting house in Solna. Some consignments are shipped to Gothenburg and, from there, continue by train to Stockholm. Fully 98% of transports are made by boat and 2% by train.

Arvid Nordquist shall:

  • work to reduce the proportion of raw-coffee deliveries in sacks
  • review and place demands on our transport suppliers to ensure that the most environmentally-friendly fuels and methods of transportation are always used for our incoming transports.
CO2e emissions: 0,27 kg Share of total: 6%


Roasting houses impact negatively on the climate through the energy that is used in the form of electricity, district heating, district cooling, liquefied petroleum gas (in the heating of the roasting machine), the use of pure carbon dioxide (shielding gas for the coffee) and through the use of office equipment. Since 2003, Arvid Nordquist's roasting house has been environmentally and quality certified in accordance with ISO 14001 and 22000 and we are constantly working to develop our environmental efforts to reduce negative impact on the environment and climate. For several years, we have been working to reduce our energy consumption and have implemented a number of measures, including switching to energy-saving light bulbs, optimising our ventilation operating times, installing heat exchangers and timer-controlled lighting, and upgrading our server hall.

We use electricity suppliers who exploit wind and water-power, and provide district heating and district cooling, which is powered by biofuel with low greenhouse-gas emissions.

We shall reduce energy consumption in the following ways:

  • Arvid Nordquist's main suppliers must have systematic environmental policies and we encourage them to introduce certified environmental management systems. We prioritise those suppliers who have climate objectives and we document their environmental, climatic and CSR-initiatives by conducting supplier-assessments at least once every three years.
  • Arvid Nordquist is closely following developments in the energy market and we intend to switch to alternative energy sources for the operation of our roasting house as soon as such become adequately available.
  • We work systematically to reduce the energy consumption of our server management, printers and copiers.
  • We shall reduce the impact on the climate by our company cars by 25%, over a five-year period.
CO2e emissions: 0,2 kg Share of total: 4%
transport to retailers and shops

transport to retailers and shops

Arvid Nordquist coffee is distributed from the roasting house to storage facilities, and then from there to retailers and shops, by lorry. Arvid Nordquist's distributors are environmentally-certified and have long-term objectives to reduce their impact on climate.

Arvid Nordquist's objective for distribution:

  • Arvid Nordquist shall have reduced the relative carbon dioxide emissions by at least 26% by 2020 (base year 2006).
CO2e emissions: 0,07 kg Share of total: 2%
4,87 kg total CO2e emission / kg roasted coffee


We have calculated the impact on climate caused by the production of our coffee all the way down to the item-level. We work actively to reduce these emissions, and for that environmental impact that we are not able to avoid, we climate-compensate by 100% through the planting of trees in coffee-cultivating countries.

tree planting

tree planting

Planting trees is one of many ways to offset greenhouse-gas emissions. About 17%, around 6 billion tons of earth´s CO2 emissions, comes from unsustainable land use, including deforestation. A medium-sized tree absorbs hundreds of kilograms of CO2 over its lifetime. Planting trees is an effective way to sequester carbon and improve the climate.

Carbon offset: 4,87 kg Equivalent share of emission: 100 %
4,87 kg total carbon offset / kg roasted coffee

The planting of trees is one of the many ways in which we can compensate for greenhouse-gas emissions. Approximately 17%, equivalent to roughly 6 billion tonnes, of the earth's CO2 emissions come from unsustainable land use, including deforestation. During its lifetime, one medium-sized tree will absorb hundreds of kilograms of CO2. Planting trees is, therefore, an effective way of binding carbon dioxide and improving our climate.

The presence of trees also improves the fertility of soil and the availability of water, enriches plant and animal habitats in the area, and provides new economic opportunities for the people and communities involved. The planting of trees and reduction of deforestation are considered to be the most cost-effective ways of combating the greenhouse effect.

Increasing the amount of forest has a positive effect on our climate, improves both soil-fertility and the water supply, and is also of benefit to the local flora and fauna. It also provides new economic opportunities for the people and the communities involved.

Arvid Nordquist coffee is unique in the Nordic region in that they compensate for their greenhouse-gas emissions to a level of 100%.