Our strongest coffee yet, The Purple Hatter is an eccentric blend that exhibits all the qualities of high grade Indian Arabica - peppery spice with notes of cardamom, nutmeg and clove. A little 'mad', it is the perfect addition to your next 'tea party'.
Made with the finest Arabica beans, the Purple Hatter is a small-batch roast that is strictly on a limited edition release due to the scarcity of the beans. We've been hard at work perfecting for some time now and we really hope you like it! Get it before it's gone!
Purple Hatter is available in both the compostable and recyclable range
Here are few changes to our Family Packs that is important information for all Tripod Coffee lovers:
ALL NEW COMPOSTABLE FAMILY PACK
We have been fielding daily emails asking for a compostable family pack, and finally it is here. The Compostable Family Pack has 6 boxes of each of the four coffee blends available in the new compostable capsule (Blue, Grey, Black and Green). It represents amazing value - 240 coffee capsules for $120 (including free shipping). You may as well save money while saving the planet.
BIGGER AND BETTER FAMILY PACK
Our existing Family Pack (recyclable capsule) has been reformed to create better value.
Instead of 4 boxes of each of our coffees, we have increased this to 6 to be in line with the new compostable offering. The good news is that this has allowed us to reduce the price per capsule to you (now 45c/capsule)! You will now save over 20% off RRP when you buy the whole family, and with 300 capsules for just $135, it will be hard to find better value.
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.
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.
Tripod Announces Australia’s First Certified Compostable Coffee Capsule
After working towards it for over 18 months, Tripod have perfected a coffee pod that you can throw straight into your GREEN BIN after use.
Called the “Green Gatsby”, the latest Tripod Coffee variant breaks down in an industrial composting facility and returns to the earth in just 90 days.
These fully compostable capsules are made of a bio polymer with a paper lid so they are fully biodegradable, while the nitrogen-rich coffee grounds actually act like a fertilizer.
So it’s not just the drinker who gets a buzz.
No more landfill problems
Last year, Australians spent $215 million on coffee pods. Equating to more than 3 million capsules daily.
Enough to fill one Olympic size swimming pools every, single week.
Tripod has always maintained that a coffee could not be considered ‘great’ unless it was great for the environment as well. Thus, the relentless pursuit of this green capsule.
Tripod vs. Nespresso
In the green corner, Tripod’s new capsules can be used then popped straight into your green waste with your leaves and grass clippings. That’s it. Nature does the rest.
While in the red corner, Nespresso® capsules have to be brought back into the store to be ‘recycled’. A process that entails transporting the aluminum capsules away to be shredded, rinsing the coffee away with heated water, burning off the varnish from the capsules before, finally re-smelting the aluminium again. That’s a lot of resources, effort, energy in order to recycle.
And what of the coffee?
Tripod’s new ‘Green Gatsby’ coffee is an ethically sourced, certified organic coffee grown in the highlands of Papua New Guinea and roasted by artisans back here in Sydney.
It delivers a beautiful, velvety crema and provides deep notes of plum, chocolate and honey on the palette balanced by a slight volcanic acidity on the finish.
If you love your coffee – and your planet – you’ll really love this certified organic roast.