An independent coffee business, Squirrel coffee, hopes to encourage more independent traders to use less plastic after being presented with a ‘plastic free’ award – even a little coffee competition won’t stop them.
Husband and wife team, Kym and Ash Jones, are the proud owners of Squirrel Coffee and have been since March 2017.
They have worked endlessly to make their business as environmentally friendly as possible by “cutting down on plastics, using wooden condiments, biodegradable cups and compostable lids”, says Ash Jones, and even their grounds are compostable.
He says, to encourage others to follow, “we are continuing what we are doing, it’s the way forward.”
Their fantastic work to reduce plastic pollution has been acknowledged by ‘Surfers Against Sewage’ and ‘Plastic Free Formby’ by receiving an award in the summer to highlight their efforts.
According to ‘Surfers Against Sewage’, they have reported that ‘there may be around 5.25 trillion macro and micro-plastic pieces floating in the open ocean, weighing up to 269,000 tonnes.’
To sustain a plastic free world Ash Jones explained they are “hoping that other companies will take our efforts on board. Even though it is more expensive; it is our duty.”
“we are continuing what we are doing, it’s the way forward”
Ash Jones, Squirrel Coffee
They are trialling their new ‘Borrow a Mug’ scheme for a £1 deposit to borrow a mug to reduce waste.
“The less waste, the better,” Ash Jones.
Squirrel Coffee is located in the National Trust woodland area, just minutes away from Formby’s famous beach.
“It’s the perfect location, people are so friendly and are lovely surroundings to work in,” Ash Jones.
All of their produce is locally sourced, with ‘freshly roasted’ coffee beans provided by a local business known as Crosby Coffee.
With Ash’s 5-year barista background, customers receive the best quality coffee from their Fracino espresso machine within their mobile coffee van.
Sheila Harris, a National Trust member, says “It is a great local enterprise, well supported by many of our members and obviously all of our visitors.”
They offer a variety of delicious homemade delights made by Kym Jones, from red velvet cakes to bacon rolls, jacket potatoes, sandwiches and serving up a range of speciality drinks.
And not to leave out our four-legged friends, their locally sourced homemade dog treats.
Squirrel Coffee caters for everyone’s needs, whether you are gluten free or vegetarian, by baking favoured cakes such as vegan maple vanilla cake and many more.