Sustainability at expo

As we plan and produce the 2019 Specialty Coffee Expo, we use the association’s purpose as a lens for our decisions:

SCA will foster a global coffee community and support activity to make specialty coffee a thriving, equitable, and sustainable activity for the entire value chain.

To create a sustainable event and achieve our sustainability goals in Boston, we need the support of our attendees, specifically to reduce the amount of waste from the show going to landfills.


Think Before You Throw: Recycling and composting bins are located throughout the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center and Specialty Coffee Expo floor, so you’ll never have to go far to responsibly dispose of your waste. Take a moment to consider what goes where:

  • COMPOST: Coffee grounds, liquid, food, coffee filters, wet paper, compostable flatware

  • RECYCLING: plastic cups and bottles, milk jugs, aluminum cans, paper, glass bottles, cardboard

  • LANDFILL: Plastic utensils, chip bags, plastic wrappers, straws


Bring Your Favorite Reusable Water Bottle: Filtered water stations will be available throughout the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. Just say ‘no’ to disposable plastic water bottles and carry along your reusable version!

Visit the Sustainability Station: Sponsored by Miir, Bunn, and Club Coffee. Miir will be giving away limited edition reusable coffee cups (while supplies last!) to minimize disposable cup waste at the show.

Cut Down on Paper Use with the Mobile App: The Specialty Coffee Expo Mobile App is free to all participants and offers the ability to easily navigate the entire event with the ease of your smart phone or tablet. Download the app from the App Store or Google Play.

Go Green in Your Hotel Room: Be sure to take advantage of towel and sheet reuse initiatives that may be offered by your hotel. Don’t forget to turn off all lights and electronics when you leave your room each day! Click here to check out all your hotel’s sustainability initiatives.

Hit the Pavement: Boston is a very walkable city and most hotels in the SCA room block are within walking distance of the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center. Choose to walk back to your room to enjoy the city’s hotspots.

Be Selective About Transportation: If walking or biking to your destination isn’t an option, be smart about your transportation choices. If you are flying into Logan Airport, take the FREE Silver Line to the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center. Take a cab or grab a Lyft (they offset all their carbon emissions) with a friend if you need to get around.

Heading to the airport on Sunday? Take advantage of the shuttle!

Shuttle Service, BCEC to Logan Airport

Sunday, April 14th | 2pm – 6pm: The Silver Line express bus service will pick up from Southeast Level 0 and run every 15 minutes. Guests may buy single-ride passes onsite at the Silver Line Booth located Southeast Level 0, at the discounted cash rate of $2.50.

Share How You #MakeCoffeeBetter at #CoffeeExpo2019 : Participate in SCA’s #MakeCoffeeBetter campaign and tell us what you are doing to be more sustainable. We can’t wait to hear from you!








MiiR is so excited to partner up with Speciality Coffee Association in their efforts to be more sustainable at this year's Expo. At MiiR we are dedicated to reducing the use of single-use plastics through our premium reusable products. MiiR designs every product in-house with the same ethos - timeless, thoughtful, beautifully simple and sustainable. We're in business to make great products, empower others and build community.

MiiR is giving away 2,000 of these reusable cups at the Sustainability Stations on the Expo show floor. 





At the Sustainability Station you can find a BUNN Refresh water system that provides cold still or sparkling water on demand.

Use your water bottle or a MiiR cup to fill them up with water from the BUNN Refresh; use them as you are sampling all the great coffee at Expo; and return to the Sustainability Stations to rinse them out and use them again!



Club Coffee

Club Coffee is proud to support the sustainability efforts at Expo for a second year.  Our dedication to sustainability is deeply rooted in our company’s vision and values. It enables us to innovate to meet a growing demand for sustainable, high quality solutions such as compostable coffee pods.

Check out the compostable pods by Club Coffee and then visit their booth, #865, to learn more about this innovative technology.