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We have a full house

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Following on from our recent news post in regards to production, we are pleased to let you know we now have a 'full house'. That is not only availability of all coffee in our recyclable range, but also the release of both Gold Sombrero and Red Fedora in the compostable range. A coffee for everyone! 

This will mean there will be some changes to the Family (and Sample) packs, so be sure to check the website product description before ordering.

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New Coffee Release: Purple Hatter - Our Strongest Blend Yet

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We are beyond excited to introduce our newest coffee to (temporarily) join the family! 

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
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Better value Family Packs - exciting new changes!

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Here are few changes to our Family Packs that is important information for all Tripod Coffee lovers:


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.


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.  

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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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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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