La Jolla Mom

Recyclable Single Serve Coffee Capsules Are Finally Here

BY La Jolla Mom

Single-serve coffee via our Keurig or a luxury hotel room plays a part in my morning ritual regardless of where I am in the world. Waste generated by individual K-Cups and the mess of attempting to use a refillable filter has always bothered me. But now, there’s an even better solution that you’ll love, too.

Marley Coffee, a sustainably-grown, ethically-farmed and artisan-roasted premium coffee company is the first to bring a single-serve recyclable coffee capsule to the market (in partnership with Mother Parker’s Coffee & Tea). These EcoCups are compatible with most Keurig machines that use K-Cups and works swimmingly in mine. And, the coffee is really good.

(As a total aside, I took the above photo before boarding our plane to Denver, not realizing that the Mile High City is where Marley Coffee is based.)

Now that I’ve mentioned the name Marley, if you have Jammin’ or One Love floating through your brain, you were right to assume a connection to the great Bob Marley. Marley Coffee was founded by his son, Rohan Marley, with the same appreciation for nature and humanity that his father had.

About Marley Coffee’s EcoCup

Marley Coffee's single serve EcoCups can be recycled with #6 plastics

Starting in August, all of Marley Coffee’s single-serve capsules are transitioning to recyclable EcoCups (pictured above). To recycle them, all one needs to do is peel off the lid of the pod, compost the grounds and discard the lid and filter. Recycle the outer cup with other recyclables where #6 plastics are accepted. Right now, this is one of the only ways to enjoy single-serve capsules in an environmentally-conscious way.

Over 10 billion single-serve capsules are discarded in landfills annually in North America alone, which is equal to the weight of 167,000 cars. “If we can convince 1% of the market to switch to our recyclable EcoCup, we estimate we can keep 100 million capsules out of landfills in one year alone,” says Brent Toevs, CEO of Marley Coffee.

But How Does the Coffee Taste?

It’s awesome. There’s nothing worse than being stuck with a pack of sub-par-tasting single-serve capsules when trying to branch out into a new flavor. You don’t need to worry about this with Marley Coffee as they have light, medium, dark and espresso roasts to suit your style. There are 9 flavors available in single serve format, but they also sell bags of ground and whole bean coffee.

I’ve had a chance to try a variety of Marley Coffee roasts and since I prefer dark, I’m partial to the Lively Up! espresso.

Beans are sourced from around the world, including Ethiopia, Central and South America, and Jamaica. They are roasted to order. Marley Coffee products are certified USDA Organic, Rainforest Alliance Certified or Jamaica Blue Mountain. All coffees are Blue Ribbon Kosher Certified.

If Jamaica Blue Mountain coffee is your thing (it’s one of the best in the world), the Marley Coffee Estate farm, a 52-acre estate in the Jamaican Blue Mountains purchased by Rohan in 199, is the foundation of Marley Coffee. In fact, the Marley Coffee Estate was named Jamaica’s first certified organic farm in 2011.

Marley Coffee Supports Coffee Communities

Do you know where your coffee comes from? Do you know what kind of an impact it has on local environments? Did you know that coffee milling can pollute local water supplies?

If not, it’s time to find out. Take a few minutes to watch the well-done series of documentaries produced by Water Wise, a partner of Marley Coffee.

Marley Coffee donates 1 cent for every single serve coffee sold to Water Wise in order to keep the water clean in countries where coffee is produced, like Ethiopia. This amount is matched by Marley Coffee’s partners, up to $100,000.

But what I also like about Marley Coffee is that they know which individual regions and farms their beans are coming from, which I’ve learned recently can’t be said about a number of other coffee companies.

Have a Keurig? Finally, there are single serve coffee capsules that you can recycle. Plus, the coffee is from an eco-minded company founded by the son of Bob Marley.

Keep an eye out for Marley Coffee EcoCups, which will begin to appear in stores this month. I, personally, will continue to drink it.

What do you think? Will you try a recyclable capsule in your Keurig?


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