One UW Student’s Bold Vision: Make This Ravenna Coffee Shop Seattle’s First Zero-Waste Café


How did this Seattle coffee shop manage to almost eliminate its entire share of waste every month?

It all started when Jacob Huskey, an (aptly named) University of Washington student and a barista at Seven Coffee Roasters Market & Cafe, realized he needed just a few more credits to secure his environmental studies degree. So last summer, he proposed an independent study to his boss at Seven: a short-term waste-reduction project. Little did he know it would completely transform his life and career.

The bold goal was for Seven, a 20-seat café and market in Ravenna, to become Seattle’s first zero-waste café — at no extra cost.

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