COFFEE shops around the city are rife - but is the journey from bean to barista sustainable?

The Sussex Sustainability Research Programme (SSRP), at Sussex University, is running an event to explore issues surrounding the production and consumption of coffee.

The evening will explore issues including supply chains, violence, gender, biodiversity and economies through talks and discussions.

Professor Joseph Alcamo of SSRP said: “We’re hoping that this event will help uncover some of the problems behind the production of coffee, and identify real solutions for change. We think that coffee has the scope to become a more sustainable industry.”

Speakers include representatives from WWF, Small Batch coffee and recycling company Freegle.

They will talk for five minutes each and attendees can then contribute ideas.

Drawing the ideas together, SSRP then hope to create a manifesto which can be distributed to roasters, café owners and recyclers. The event takes place on Monday, May 20 at One Church, Brighton from 6pm until 8pm.