Erasmus+ ECOffee Consumers

This research line is led by Maria Tomai PhD Fellow at UNU-MERIT and member of Comprehensive Innovation for Sustainable Development System Transitions and Climate Action team.


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ECOffee Consumers: Creating Conscious Coffee Consumers with Sustainable Habits for Enhancing the Sustainable Coffee Industry

Erasmus+ (2022-1-HU01-KA220-ADU-000085720)

Project Duration: November 2022-October 2024

Project Website:




February 2024 Updates


  • Erasmus+ ECOffee Need Analysis report that summarises the results of field and desk research of the project and European coffee consumption and production patterns (please see attached)




July 2023 Updates


January 2023 Updates

Pictures from the Kick-off meeting, 16-19th January, 2023 (Hódmezővásárhely, Hungary)







Project description: In our days, incredible political and social weight concentrates on the decrease of contamination emerging from industrial and agricultural activities and also from other human activities that produce large quantities of waste. Food waste is an increasing waste stream that needs to be managed with great concern and is attracting increasing attention due to its environmental, social and economic impacts.

Such wastes are the Spent Coffee Grounds (SCG), a rising risk in a magnitude of million of tons annually, inevitably derive from the rapid increase of coffee consumption worldwide, and the lack of a solid waste management mechanism.

This 2-year project aims to develop innovative educational methods to promote sustainable coffee consumption habits to adults along with a manual for cafeteria owners/employees/adult educators that will support them in utilising these educational methods for raising awareness in sustainable coffee consumption. In particular, the project aims to educate coffee consumers on how to turn to sustainable coffee consumption and provide pathways in obtaining knowledge and skills related to the afore mentioned area of interest. Additionally, the project will incentivise the coffee consumers to prefer ECOffee cafeterias since people and especially millennials turn to more sustainable ways of life. Therefore, the cafeterias will benefit by joining the partnership and at the same time contribute to reducing waste and promoting green jobs for the less advantaged percentage of the population.

The project results and outcomes will be:

– ECOffee Sustainable Cafeterias Cluster: a database of sustainable cafeterias in all project partner countries.

– ECOffee video tutorials: to support the learning process of coffee consumers as easier and learners-friendly approach.

– ECOffee e-Guidebook for cafeteria owners & trainers: a unique guide on how to train coffee consumers to obtain a sustainable consumption profile

– ECOffee Smartphone application: the virtual space for the collection of points and redeem with discounts or vouchers along with video tutorials videos for sustainable and eco-friendly coffee consumption habits

Partners & contact persons

Coordinator · Tudás Alapítvány, Hódmezővásárhely (Hungary): János Palotás

Partners · Strategic Omnia Research and Technology Development Ltd., Limassol (Cyprus): Anthi Gavriel · European Institute for Local Development, Thessaloniki (Greece): Apostolos A. Amprazis · TropicalAstral Lda., Quarteira (Portugal): Veronica Gelfgren · Universiteit Maastricht, Maastricht (Netherlands): Maria Tomai · Razvojna agencija Sotla, Šmarje pri Jelšah (Slovenia): Anita Čebular

The project is financed by Erasmus+ KA2: 2022-1-HU01-KA220-ADU-000085720


Last updated: 20/02/2024