The invention of the K-cup made coffee lovers everywhere rejoice, while environmentalists cringed. Yes, single serve coffees are a great idea, but where does all of that new packaging go?? In the landfills, that’s where, cluttering up the Earth even more. That is, unless you get your K-Cups from the Rogers Family Company and San Francisco Bay Coffee or the Organic Coffee Company.
You can drink your coffee and protect planet Earth, too, by choosing the variety of coffees from San Francisco Bay Coffee or the Organic Coffee Company, two brands that are both owned by the Rogers Family Company. These new K-Cups are 97% biodegradable, from a company with a commitment to living green and being social responsible. Just learning more about their company and values made be have goose bumps, because it’s so nice to find people doing good in the world who also have a great product to share!
As told in the great video below, “the largest consumer of coffee in the world is the kitchen sink.” Makes you think, huh?!? Because it’s true! So much coffee gets poured down the drain from bitter, cold coffee left in coffee pots in homes and offices around the world. The Rogers Family Company wanted to reduce environmental waste from discarded brewed coffee, and knew that single serve packages were environmentally sound. It sounds counterintuitive to protect the Earth by creating single serve packaging, but by creating a biodegradable cup, the Rogers Family Company did just that.
The ring, the lidding film (the top layer of the coffee pod), the bag that coffee pods come in and the box are all 100% biodegradable, as is the coffee itself, obviously. The box packaging is made from recycled materials. And though the packaging states 97% biodegradable, it’s actually more like 98.6% based on studies. Now, I have to say that biodegradable coffee cups are a GREAT thing, but only if you COMPOST them!! You cannot add these to your normal waste stream and think they will disappear. You need to dispose of the biodegradable coffee cups in a compost bin or a community collection process that will compost the materials for you.
The highly environmentally-friendly product in no way means that you’re skimping on taste or variety. San Francisco Bay Coffee offers 9 varieties in the biodegradable coffee pods, and the Organic Coffee Company offers 4 varieties.
What does it taste like? I’m not a coffee drinker, but I am so happy that share the mission behind the Rogers Family Company that I had my sister do a taste test of four varieties, and she was impressed! That’s because the Rogers Family Company isn’t trying to imitate other coffee brands, they are innovating coffee to create the best that they can be, redesigning the roasting process among other things.
Even better, in my mind, though, is the fact that Rogers Family Company is buying directly from the coffee growers, improving their quality of life in an industry where the people that are doing all of the hard work are paid peanuts and live in miserable conditions. By working with the growers directly, the company can reduce the costs of middlemen and help build infrastructure that benefits the workers and their families. As Jim Rogers said, “It’s pretty easy to do the right thing. You’re not there to make a quick buck and walk away.” Today, the Rogers Family Company spends roughly $1.7 million to improve schools, buildings and other aspects of life for their small farmers.
Check out their website, www.rogersfamilyco.com for great information about coffee, coffee humor, coffee trivia and so much more. Any coffee lover will enjoy browsing the website, but for those of us that demand great taste with great respect for the environment, you’ll be doubly pleased.
P.S.: Just as I was finishing up this blog post, I came across this great gem. As someone who supports soldiers by shipping much-needed items overseas, I am now SO impressed with the social mission of this company. If you know a soldier or have a family member serving, be sure to take advantage of this!