Posted: 01/10/2019

Blue Goose offers greener choice to single-use coffee pods

Devon-based coffee business Blue Goose has launched a range of compostable pods that offer an environmentally-friendly alternative to single-use capsules. 

Co-founders Lex Thornely and Nick Ratsey said they have designed the plastic-free capsules – which are made from wood bark – as an alternative to aluminium and plastic which are the typical materials used in making coffee pods. 

Packaged in sustainably sourced, recyclable cardboard with vegetable inks, the pods come in three varieties including Ethiopian Yirgacheffe, organic Peruvian and an organic Honduran swiss water decaf. 

“We wanted to prove just how good capsule coffee could taste without compromising on our ethical approach to business,” said Thornely. “We selected speciality grade coffees for which we pay our growers a premium beyond the Fairtrade Minimum Price.”

With a 12-month shelf life, the pods are compatible with Nespresso original domestic “drop-through” coffee pod machines and compost within 12 weeks of being placed in council food waste collection. 

Blue Goose will be available to independent retailers in the next few months with the producer currently in talks with distributors. 

by Katie Comer

This story appeared in the September issue of Fine Food Digest. You can read more on the digital edition here.

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