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Boyd’s aims to help solve a brewing pod problem

Boyd's new single-serve pod is made from more than 90-percent renewable resources, and the pod’s ring is made from coffee chaff – the skin of the coffee bean that comes off during the roasting process. | Photo courtesy of Boyd's.

Boyd’s, the oldest family-owned coffee company in the Pacific Northwest, has launched the first certifiable 100 percent compostable, single-serve coffee pod available from West Coast grocers.

 “With our long-standing commitment to organic and Rainforest Alliance Certified coffees, Boyd’s Coffee has found an alternative solution to the billions of plastic cups filling landfills in our country,” says Jeffrey Newman, CEO of Boyd Coffee Company. “Our partner, Club Coffee, has manufactured a single-serve compostable pod that can be converted to useful compost in as little as a few weeks."

The popularity of single-serve coffee is apparent in office and home kitchens nationwide. According to Club Coffee, in 2014 almost 30 percent of U.S. consumers were drinking single-serve coffee. Domestic single-serve retail coffee sales grew by a whopping 319 percent between 2011 and 2015 to reach about $4.6 billion in revenue.

The trouble is, of course, that placed end-to-end, the number of pods sold in a year would circle the globe about 10 times. And that troubled Boyd’s enough to find a solution.

“As a fourth-generation Oregon company, we care deeply about our impact on the environment, and strive to find innovative ways to protect our planet,” Newman says.

The new single-serve pod is made from resources that are more than 90 percent renewable. The pod’s ring is made from coffee chaff, or the skin of the bean that comes off during the roasting process. Every single part of the pod is designed to be digestible by, and accessible to, the bacteria that drives the composting process after the coffee has been brewed and discarded.

“Composting manufacturers have been losing coffee compost for the past few years due to the rise of plastic single-serve pods,” says Al Rattie, director of market development for the U.S. Composting Council. “The majority of these used pods go directly to landfills, creating a huge amount of waste, and depriving compost manufacturers of an important nutrient component. The creation of a fully compostable, fully certified pod is a critical development in achieving healthy soils and a sustainable society, and sets the standard for single-serve pods moving forward.”

Standards met

The pod meets the Biodegradable Products Institute standards and certifications required by municipal compost facilities. The compostable pod is compatible with most Keurig Green Mountain brewing systems, including the new Keurig 2.0 brewers.

Oregon’s Market of Choice grocers have begun to stock the Boyd’s compostable pods for their customers.

Says Wes Beamer, MOC corporate natural food buyer: “The Boyd’s compostable pods fill a void that brought an environmentally friendly pod into the market that would appeal to our customer base and our values. Market of Choice believes in sustainability and doing our part to help the environment and our communities.  My decision to bring in the pods was based on our long-term relationship with Boyd’s, our support of local businesses and our sustainability practices.”

March 29, 2017 - 11:53am