Heretofore the coffee pod has been something of a blemish on modern coffee because one, they taste bad and two, they are really bad for the environment. The cost of convenience means tons of additional waste making its way to landfills each year, becoming such an issue that the city of Hamburg, Germany has banned the use of pods in any government-run buildings. But Colonna Coffee is reinventing the pod (again), looking to combine their brand of specialty-grade, single-origin coffee with a fully compostable single-serving capsule.
Led by three-time UK Barista Champion and World Barista Championship finalist and water author Maxwell Colonna-Dashwood, Colonna Coffee made waves at last year’s London Coffee Festival with their single-serving Panama Geisha pods. We tried them; they were good. And though the company maintains its focus on single-origin coffess—including highly lauded coffees from Nano Challa and Duromina in Ethiopia and even a 2016 Honduran Cup of Excellence winner—Colonna Coffee has turned their sights to sustainability with their new compostable pod.
Compatible with Nespresso pod machines, the compostable capsules come in packs of 40 for £24 (around $30 USD). At £0.6 (76¢ USD) per serving, this puts the compostable pod in line with Colonna Coffee’s Foundation and Discovery genres (£0.55 per serving) and below their Rare genre (£0.85 per serving). Currently, their compostable capsule features coffee from Mi Bendicion from Honduras, a washed coffee that is “round and complex, showcasing the depth of praline and soft spice, accompanied by juicy notes of red apple and honeysuckle.”
The compostable capsules are only available for pre-order at the moment, but Colonna Coffee has sweetened the deal for the early birds. Anyone who pre-orders the new pods will receive a 15% on any future compostable capsule orders. FOR LIFE. Assuming one cup a day, a single-serve capsule user could around £33 ($41 USD) per year. That’s a pretty healthy amount of savings to keep the convenience you’re accustomed to, all the while removing the deleterious environmental impact.
More information on the compostable pods or and their full roster of offerings can be found on Colonna Coffee's website.
Zac Cadwalader is the news editor at Sprudge Media Network.