The History of Pine Mountain Java-Log® Firelogs

While flipping through an engineering textbook, a tiny fact with huge implications caught inventor Rod Sprules’s eye: coffee grounds have more energy capacity than cordwood when combusted.

He got to thinking, and soon realized that two recent cultural trends could work together. Neighborhood coffeehouses and awareness of the need for a sustainable lifestyle were experiencing a groundswell of support all over North America. So he asked himself, what if we used coffee grounds from retail outlets, manufacturing plants, office buildings and homes for hearth fires? The Java-Log Firelog concept was born. And we’re proud to say that in 2003 the Pine Mountain Java-Log Firelog was named TIME® invention of the year.