EPA Releases Energy Star Standards For Commercial Coffee Brewers

Posted On: 8/16/2016

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Energy Star coffee equipment, Energy Star blue label WASHINGTON -- The Environmental Protection Agency on July 8 finalized a specification that adds commercial coffee brewers to the Energy Star program. Members of the vending and office coffee service industry provided feedback to the agency last year at the National Automatic Merchandising Association's Coffee Tea & Water conference, which took place during the Energy Star developmental stage for commercial coffee equipment. | READ MORE

The requirements that commercial coffee brewers in offices, cafeterias, hotels and similar establishments will have to meet to earn the Energy Star standard will provide "significant energy savings to users and reduce greenhouse gas emissions," the EPA reported. Commercial coffee brewers that earn the Energy Star stamp will offer end users as much as 35% in energy savings, about $100 a year, compared with conventional models. If all eligible commercial coffee brewers sold in the U.S were Energy Star certified, EPA said, energy-cost savings would grow to more than $41 million annually, and more than 700 million pounds of annual greenhouse gas emissions would be prevented -- equivalent to the emissions from nearly 70,000 vehicles.

EPA categorizes commercial coffee brewers into three main types: single-cup, batch and urn/satellite brewers. Its new Energy Star specification focuses on coffee brewers intended for commercial use, not coffeemakers used in households. While initially focusing on batch commercial brewers, EPA's specification is expected to include other types of commercial coffee brewers, once more information about their energy use becomes available.

Energy Star performance requirements for coffee brewers reportedly highlight the most energy-efficient products in various configurations and sizes. In addition to meeting energy performance requirements, some Energy Star-certified commercial coffee brewers possess features like "energy save" modes. Manufacturers must share information regarding the features and the energy use of their certified products, enabling purchasers to find the equipment that best meets their performance and efficiency needs.

To earn Energy Star's blue label, products must be certified by an EPA-recognized third party, based on testing in an EPA-recognized laboratory. In addition, brewer manufacturers must participate in verification testing programs run by recognized certification bodies.