Two California coffee companies have teamed to produce compostable packaging for their coffee products.
Oakland Coffee Works, owned by Green Day musicians Mike Dirnt and Billie Joe Armstrong, now delivers its products in bags made of certified compostable materials. They also have developed single-serve pods made from compostables and plan to release that product in the weeks to come. Oakland Coffee sells these products through four Bay Area COSTCO stores, Costco.com and Amazon.com.
The company is partnering with San Francisco Bay Coffee Company on the initiative. San Francisco Bay Coffee’s pods made from fully compostable materials are expected to be available at COSTCO and other retail and online stores in early 2017.
“First there was diner coffee, then there was second wave coffee, like Starbucks, and then came the third wave with artisanal coffee – but this is the next step: organic, truly high-quality coffee that fairly supports the farmers who grow it and that comes in packaging made from fully compostable materials,” Mike Dirnt, Green Day bassist and long-time coffee enthusiast, said in a statement. “It’s no-compromise coffee in no-compromise packaging.”
“We’re a family-owned company, and we care a lot about our impact and the legacy we’re leaving for our kids,” said John Rogers of San Francisco Bay Coffee Company. “We wanted to be a company that solved the waste problem for the coffee industry so we have invested more than five years of work and more than $2 million so far towards developing fully compostable pods and bags. Our goal is to influence the rest of the industry to adopt it, too. Mike and Billie Joe wanted to do the same thing so we partnered so we could really make an impact.”