LAFAYETTE, Ind.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Copper Moon Coffee, the Indiana-based, family-owned coffee company, announced today it has partnered with Canadian coffee roaster Club Coffee to help introduce PurPod100™ pods - what are expected to be the world’s first, 100 percent compostable, fully certified single-serve beverage pod. The PurPod100™ pods will be compatible with most Keurig brewing systems that accept K-Cup® portion packs, including Keurig 2.0 brewers, and will be available to U.S. consumers in late 2015.
Club Coffee developed the pod from bio-based renewable resources, in conjunction with international experts and scientists at the University of Guelph. The company designed every part of the pod to be compostable, including the ring of the pod, which is made from coffee chaff (the outer layer of the coffee bean that is removed during the roasting process). Club Coffee is currently undergoing a rigorous process required by municipal compost manufacturers in North America to receive certification for the product within a few months.
“The amount of used single-serve pods sent to landfills last year could have circled the earth 11 times,” said John Pigott, CEO of Club Coffee. “That’s not acceptable. We have the most viable solution available to that issue – a pod that we expect to be certified as 100 percent compostable and that can be converted to useful compost.”
According to the U.S. 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 be used as feedstock. The alternative use of certified compostable products can help divert more food scraps to composting facilities and reduce contamination in the finished compost.
“Consumers are choosing single-serve coffee beverages due to their convenience, variety, and quality,” said Brad Gutwein, CEO of Copper Moon Coffee. “Together with our partner, Club Coffee, we will soon be able to offer a 100% compostable, fully certified, single-serve coffee pod that not only tastes exceptional, but also helps contribute to the creation of healthy soil — and a sustainable solution to a growing environmental concern.”
More information about Copper Moon Coffee’s fully compostable pod can be found at www.coppermooncoffee.com/compostable.
Copper Moon Coffee, LLC is a branded coffee roaster and packager of premium, gourmet and specialty coffees harvested from around the world. Consumers can find Copper Moon Coffees—including varietals, flavored, organic, fair-trade and estate coffees—at retailers, hotels, offices, grocers, convenience stores and foodservice distributors throughout North America. Copper Moon Coffee operates a state-of-the-art, food-grade certified roasting plant in Lafayette, Indiana, and is a certified roaster of organic, fair-trade, and kosher coffees.
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 U.S. Composting Council – www.compostingcouncil.org
The U.S. 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.