Our Sustainability Manifesto

Throughout the many years we’ve been sourcing and roasting coffee, we’ve seen the challenges faced by coffee farmers first hand. Factors like climate change, urban migration and low profitability all threaten the livelihoods of smallholder coffee farmers, so developing revolutionary new ways of working is essential.

Since the mid-1990s we have:

  • Spearheaded the use of sustainability certifications, for example by launching the UK’s first Fairtrade certified espresso.
  • Developed direct partnerships with key suppliers to raise the bar on quality and sustainability And it’s not just coffee sourcing.


We are committed to sustainably sourcing and producing tea, hot chocolate and many other products. We give back to the community, both at origin and on a local level. Our Glasgow roastery is the first coffee roastery in the world to achieve the Carbon Neutral Gold Standard. And we’re not stopping there. We recognise that there’s so much more that we could be doing and see this as an opportunity to set meaningful priorities and take genuine and radical steps in the right direction.

Our Net Zero by 2040 roadmap is a more comprehensive vision of the actions we need to take to minimise our scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions in line with the latest climate science. Complementary to this, our 2023-24 goals give us strategic direction up until 2025. This will lay the foundations for our net zero journey, and bring alignment in the time periods that we will work towards for our environmental, social and economic sustainability objectives.

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Our Five Strategic Pillars

Our five-pillar plan sets out our sustainable and development goals:

1. Sustainable Sourcing of Coffee

Developing relationships with stakeholders along the coffee supply chain. This focuses on ensuring environmental, social and economic sustainability

2. Sustainable Sourcing of Other Products​

Delivering consistency in our approach to sustainable sourcing across our Espresso Warehouse, machines and internal products

3. Environment

Reducing our environmental impact at our operational sites

4. Investing in Our People

Ensuring Matthew Algie is a great place to work and that we invest in our staff.

5. Engaging with Our Community

Fulfilling our social responsibility by engaging with our community

Read our Sustainability report in full

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