Cascade Coffee makes huge investment in environmental sustainability commitment, installs thermal oxidizer

February 9th, 2016

Cascade Coffee broadens its commitment to responsible environmental stewardship this week with the installation of state of the art RTO Technology.

“Our commitment to the definitive reduction of our environmental footprint is more than a corporate sustainability policy, and this investment is tangible evidence of that promise,” explains Cascade Coffee CEO Phil Johnson.

With a hefty price tag and hundreds of hours in development and installation, the company began the new capital project more than a year ago and is system testing this week. The RTO, which stands for Regenerative Thermal Oxidizer, is an industrial process for the treatment of exhaust air, in this case, from Cascades’ large scale Probat coffee roasters.

The system is a type of thermal oxidizer that uses a bed of ceramic material to absorb heat from the exhaust gas. It then uses this captured heat to preheat the incoming process gas stream and destroy air pollutants emitted from process exhaust streams at temperatures ranging from 1,500ºF to 1,800ºF. Ultimately, there are nearly zero emissions from the system which more resembles a power plant on the back of Cascade Coffee’s 200,000 square foot facility than a pollution control device. Once final inspection is complete, the unit will be in full operation in the near future. This is a win for the environment, Cascades’ customers and the industry.


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