Newcastle coffee company Sprocket Roasters has delivered “carbon-neutral” caffeine hits at Parliament House on Tuesday to showcase a sector reportedly worth up to $5 billion.
Founded in Newcastle 10 years ago by University of Newcastle engineer John Winter and business partners Ross Ciavarella and Chelsea D’Aoust, Sprocket Roasters uses energy sourced from organic materials to roast their coffee beans, resulting in an invitation to the courtyard of Parliament House.
As the only coffee company “in the world” to use recycled coffee grinds and other biomass to power their roasting equipment, Mr Ciavarella was excited to be invited to Canberra yesterday. “It was great to be amongst like-minded people,” Mr Ciavarella said. “We are a small company that didn’t wait for the government, we have just gone about it.”
The Bioenergy State of the Nation report launched at the event, undertaken by KPMG, is the first of its kind and is designed to assist the Australian government understand how to most effectively support growth and development in the bioenergy economy, which was found to have a potential investment worth of $5 billion.
Reasons cited in the report for investing in bioenergies include reduced greenhouse gas emissions, increased air quality and job growth in regional areas.
“If we don’t seize this opportunity we will be left behind and end up importing what could be made locally, with significant economic and environmental impacts,” Bioenergy Australia CEO Shahana McKenzie said.
Other sustainable “visual and edible stunts” from Australian companies supported the Canberra launch this morning, including a bioenergy-powered barbeque frying up bacon and egg rolls for patrons.