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Student Team Sponsored by Crimson Cup Coffee & Tea wins Fischer Pathways in Supply Chain Sustainability Competition at The Ohio State University

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Columbus coffee roaster Crimson Cup Coffee & Tea recently sponsored the winning team in the Fischer Pathways in Supply Chain Sustainability Competition at The Ohio State University.

COLUMBUS, Ohio, July 22, 2021 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- A team of four students sponsored by Crimson Cup Coffee & Tea recently won the Fischer Pathways in Supply Chain Sustainability Competition at The Ohio State University.

Made possible by a generous gift from the Central Ohio chapter of the Institute for Supply Management, 19 students on 6 teams worked on sustainability projects with six sponsor companies. Each team received coaching from an OSU professor and their corporate sponsor.

Crimson Cup Sustainability Director Brandon Bir coached Fischer College of Business Students Abigail Richardson, Yifei Gu, Yoanna Petrova and Oscar Zhu in their study of sustainable uses for coffee grounds.

"The global population drinks over 2.25 billion cups of coffee every day, creating over half a billion tons a year of used wet coffee grounds," Bir said. "If deposited in landfills, the grounds decompose and emit methane gas – one of the primary contributors to climate change."

Bir coached the student team in evaluating alternative solutions for the used grounds.

"I was impressed by the team's creativity and drive to find real-world solutions," Bir said. "We will consider some of their suggestions for implementation at Crimson Cup Coffee Houses."

The competition wrapped up with presentations by the teams before a panel of three judges:

  • Josh Knights, Director of Partnerships, OSU Sustainability Institute

  • Mike Roeth, Exec. Director, N.A. Council for Freight Efficiency

  • Alissa Yakali, SC Sustainability Manager, Honda N.A.

Each team led a Zoom presentation and then answered questions from the judges.

After the presentations were complete, the judges awarded three top prizes and three honorable mentions.

The Crimson Cup team won first place overall and tied for first in the competition for best video.

About Crimson Cup Coffee & Tea

Columbus, Ohio coffee roaster Crimson Cup Coffee & Tea is celebrating 30 years of Coffee + Community. Since May 1991, Crimson Cup has roasted sustainably sourced craft coffee for consumers and wholesale coffee customers. It is a 2020 Good Food Award winner, 2019 Golden Bean Champion for Small Franchise/Chain Roaster and Roast magazine's 2016 Macro Roaster of the Year.

Through its 7 Steps to Success coffee franchise alternative program, the company teaches entrepreneurs to run independent coffee houses in their local communities. By developing a coffee shop business plan, entrepreneurs gain insight into how much it costs to open a coffee shop.

Crimson Cup also supports life-enriching projects through its Friend2Farmer® initiatives, promoting the education, health, sustainability and economic growth of small-plot coffee farmers and their communities.

Crimson Cup coffee is available through over 350 independent coffee houses, grocers, college and universities, restaurants and food service operations across 30 states, Guam and Bangladesh. The company also operates several Crimson Cup Coffee Houses and a new Crimson retail flagship store. To learn more, visit crimsoncup.com, or follow the company on Facebook and Instagram.

Media Contact

Cheryl Claypoole, Crimson Cup Coffee & Tea, 614-361-5023, cheryl@claypoolecc.com

SOURCE Crimson Cup Coffee & Tea