Blue Beret and Grey Gaucho - recyclable momentarily being fulfilled with compostable

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We have had a little bit of an epic fail here at Tripod. Our warehouse management system had a breakdown, and as such we didn't notice we were running low on our recyclable Blue or Grey. 

As a consequence in all family packs, these products have been replaced with their respective compostable comrades.

These compostable capsules have the same coffee, same pour and same taste, just are a little more friendly on the planet.

We have lowered the price of the compostable capsules as well if you are buying individually to match the recyclable pricing

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New Stockists - Tramsheds and Rose Bay

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Our capsules can now be found at two new stockists - Supamart Harold Park (anyone who has not yet visited the new Tramsheds in Sydney needs to make it a priority weekend destination..) and IGA Rose Bay. The addresses can be found under stockists.



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Blue Beret Compostable - Back in Stock as of 12/7

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We have been run off our feet in recent days, and the volume of sales has caught us a little off guard!

Blue Beret will be out of stock for 2 or three days, with our production team working around the clock to get some into the warehouse ASAP. 

 For those who order Sample or Family Packs, we are still replacing Red Fedora with Green Gatsby.


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Black Panama production

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Just a quick note to say that all Black Panama orders (recyclable capsules) will be fulfilled this week with the compostable capsule (which is also recyclable..) due to a large unforeseen international wholesale order. 

Black Panama (recyclable) will be back in stock next week. 

Sorry for any inconvenience

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AFR article - " Former cricketer Ed Cowan pitches biodegradable coffee pods with his firm Tripod

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Former Australian cricketer Ed Cowan has taken a different tack to the big producers when it comes to reducing the environmental impact of coffee capsules - his local coffee company has a compostable and biodegradable pod.

It's the latest development in the backlash against the environmental impact of the pods, which last year prompted Nespresso to partner with Australia Post to beef up its capsule recycling program, giving customers the opportunity to return capsules to more drop-off points.

Cowan, who started coffee capsule company Tripod Coffee three years ago and has sold more than 1 million capsules in the  past two years, says his pods - which are imported from Belgium - will dissolve after 90 days in a commercial compost environment.

Australians consume more than 3 million coffee pods each day, estimates Tripod. Biodegradable options are on the market, but Cowan says compostable products are far easier to break down in the commercial recycling system and, over time, the pods will break down naturally in landfill.

"This is why we started, basically - we were sick of buying capsules knowing the environmental impact," he said, noting Tripod is the country's first certified compostable coffee capsule.

"Even with a recycling program for aluminium pods you have to shred the aluminum, rinse the coffee out, re-smelt the aluminium... it's ridiculous."

Councils lack composters

Planet Ark head of campaigns Brad Gray says there is a growing trend towards biodegradable and compostable pods, but points out that not all councils have commercial composting facilities.

"There is an awareness with some people within the industry who want to look at less impactful alternatives for the environment," he said. "Compostable presents something of an answer to that.

"The issue with them is that unless they go into a commercial composter they don't compost... most councils don't have a commercial composter."

Mr Gray said the most damaging pods were those that were plastic, or a combination of aluminium and plastic, which he said included Aldi's brand of capsules.

Globally, the coffee capsule market is estimated to be worth $17 billion. In 2015, Nespresso, a coffee business within Nestle, controlled 83 per cent of the fresh ground coffee capsule market, according to market researcher Euromonitor International.

In Australia, Lavazza is the second biggest coffee brand behind Vittoria and is sold in Woolworths, Coles, Metcash and Costco supermarkets. In 2015, Lavazza bought back the Australian business from the Valmorbida family, which introduced the brand to Australians in the 1970s.

Tripod sources beans worldwide, and roasts and packs them in Sydney.

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