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Where to get coffee-based fire logs in Toronto

Posted by Alexandra Grigorescu / November 13, 2012

toronto coffee logFor those who are lucky enough to have fireplaces during the blustery winter season, you've just found your favourite new log: a coffee log. That's right. Jamie Pattyn, whose day job is in the service industry, is admittedly addicted to coffee, and was trying to suss out a way to incorporate more coffee into his life without going the usual barista route. He began delivering homemade coffee logs about 3 weeks ago to the coffee shops he frequented.

Made from old coffee grounds which are then waxed in molasses, and retailing for just $3 (although Pattyn would like the cost to be even lower), the coffee log is a cleaner burning alternative to your average firewood (or store-bought fire log). Packaged in brown paper, these logs will give you a strong burn for 30-45 minutes. Unfortunately, your house won't be flooded with the scent of freshly-brewed java, but you will be spared the vaguely chemical, pseudo-smoked-salmon scent that your average 3-Hour Log will yield.

Pattyn's idea isn't entirely novel — the original idea is credited to one Rod Sprules, mechanical engineer-slash-soon-to-be-entrepreneur, who discovered that coffee grounds release more energy than wood when burned. It was a few years before he acted on the idea, but thus the Java Log was born. Courtesy of Pine Mountain, the makers of the 3-Hour Log, the Java Log is all-natural and made from 100% recycled coffee grounds--the numbers vary, but all agree that it produces less carbon monoxide and emits significantly less residue.

Pattyn's logs are "more or less" like the Java Logs, and he admits that "everybody and their cousin has a recipe for it, but it's a question of whether you've got the space to make a huge mess." Drying the coffee grounds, in particular, is a time-consuming process, but Pattyn good-naturedly says "it smells nice to have coffee in the house."

I'll admit it — I've been seduced by fireplaces, but I've also received what, to this day, I believe was mild smoke poisoning from one of said fireplaces. Poor ventilation — of the sort sometimes found in old apartment buildings — and overzealous piling on of wood resulted in nausea, headaches, and a racking cough. Which is to say that, sustainability and supporting the little guy aside, the coffee log is fundamentally better for you. Pattyn uses recycled wax, and aims for reclaimed beeswax (the most natural option).

Pattyn's Coffee Logs are available at Mercury Espresso, Crema in the Junction and at Merchants of Green Coffee, with stock refreshed about once a week, and more locations under consideration.



Damien / November 13, 2012 at 04:03 pm
Jamie, I want to order directly from you - tell me how!
Kav / November 13, 2012 at 05:42 pm
I would like to do the same, Can we get it directly?
Jamie / November 13, 2012 at 07:08 pm
you can order directly from me at
Adam / November 13, 2012 at 09:34 pm
Wow, neat product. I might just order a few logs for the winter.
Ace McNugget / November 14, 2012 at 12:27 am
This is pretty cool- good on you Jamie!
Andrew / November 14, 2012 at 08:48 am
Right on Jamie!
Jamie replying to a comment from Kav / November 14, 2012 at 12:40 pm
Order direct,
Steve / November 19, 2012 at 11:55 am
Neat idea but if burnt coffee beans and the smoke from roasting is carcinogenic wouldnt the same be true for burning coffee grounds?
graeme / January 18, 2013 at 06:59 pm
Just like to know what equipment you use to form your logs. Graet idea.
jose / May 17, 2013 at 10:10 pm
Where can i order Java logs from please?
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