Boyd’s Coffee, the oldest family-owned coffee company in the Pacific Northwest, announced today it will be among the companies offering the world’s first 100 percent compostable, fully certified single-serve beverage pod, produced in partnership with the Canadian coffee roaster Club Coffee. The pod is compatible with Keurig brewing systems that accept K-Cup® portion packs, including the new Keurig 2.0 brewers.
The new single-serve pod is made from bio-based renewable resources, including the ring of the pod, which is made from coffee chaff – the skin of the coffee bean that comes off during the roasting process. Every single part of the pod is designed to be compostable. The pod is currently undergoing a rigorous process to meet U.S. and international standards and certifications required by municipal compost manufacturers. It is expected to be certified in the coming months.
“As a fourth-generation Oregon company, not only do we care about providing an exceptional coffee experience wherever our customers choose to have it, we also care deeply about our impact on the environment and strive to find ways to protect our planet,” said Jeffrey Newman, CEO of Boyd Coffee Company. “Together with our partner, Club Coffee, we will now bring to market an innovative and exceptional-tasting single-serve compostable pod that can be converted to useful compost—a welcome alternative solution to the billions of K-Cups filling landfills in our country.”
“The US Composting Council supports and encourages the production and appropriate use of certified, compostable plastics to replace non compostable products, and that can help divert more food scraps to composting facilities,” said Al Rattie, Director of Market Development, US Composting Council. “Many organic residuals and food scraps, such as coffee grounds, continue to be disposed of in landfills and incinerators, rather than being diverted to commercial compost manufacturing facilities where they can serve as part of a valuable feedstock.
“Currently, plastic, single serve coffee pods are included in this disposable waste stream,” Rattie continued. “Where curbside food scrap collection programs exist, certified compostable products have the ability to help increase waste diversion while reducing contamination in the finished compost. We hope that companies like Club Coffee will continue to work with the USCC to not only develop products that are tools for diversion, but also help support the growth of the food scrap collection and processing infrastructure needed to close the loop on products like compostable coffee pods. The resulting production and land application of high quality compost is essential for the creation of healthy soils and a sustainable society.”
The compostable single-serve pod was developed in conjunction with international experts and scientists at the University of Guelph. The pod will be available to market by late 2015.
John Pigott, CEO of Club Coffee, added, “Science shows that composting is an effective and conscientious solution to this growing environmental problem. Recycling isn’t a convenient or well-developed solution because hot pods full of coffee grounds must be carefully separated and cleaned before collection. And biodegradation is too slow of a process, taking centuries to break down the billions of pods in landfills.”
More information about Club Coffee’s 100% compostable pod can be found at www.clubcoffee.ca/compostable.
About Boyd Coffee Company – www.boyds.com
Boyd’s Coffee is one of the oldest family-owned coffee companies in the world. Founded in 1900 in Portland, Oregon, Boyd’s has a long, storied history of helping restaurants, hotels and convenience stores attract and keep customers by providing them with consistently excellent coffee, tea and other beverages.
At Boyd’s, we don’t believe that coffee bestows status or makes a statement about the person who drinks it. We believe that people are capable of making their own statements. We hold that coffee is fuel, not fashion. It is what it has always been: a reward for good work, done well; and a kick in the pants to get back out there and do some more. That’s the legacy of coffee in America and that’s the Boyd’s legacy, as well.
About Club Coffee – www.clubcoffee.ca
Since 1906, Club Coffee has built a reputation for quality and innovation. It has close to 500 custom label products and more than 200 Club Coffee branded products, making it the largest roaster, contract manufacturer and distributor of packaged coffees that Canadians buy from grocery stores. Club Coffee fully meets the stringent requirements for Organic, Rainforest Alliance, Fair Trade and Kosher certifications, and is a leader in developing sustainable coffee solutions.
About the US Composting Council – www.compostingcouncil.org
The US Composting Council, a national organization dedicated to the development, expansion and promotion of the composting industry, was established in 1990 to encourage, support and perform compost related research. USCC promotes best management practices, establishes standards, educates professionals and the public about the benefits of composting and compost utilization, and enhances compost product quality, and trains composters and compost markets. USCC members include compost producers, marketers, equipment manufacturers, product suppliers, academic institutions, public agencies, nonprofit groups and consulting/engineering firms.