Smile Beverage Werks unveils compostable coffee pods for private brands

In three flavors and carton counts, Smile Beverage Werks has launched sustainable coffee pods for retail store brands that are carbon neutral, compostable and replace single-serve plastic options.
Dan Ochwat
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Smile Beverage Werks, a Delaware Public Benefit Corporation, has introduced commercially sustainable compostable coffee pods that can be used for retailer private brands. The pods are compatible with Keurig machines and are more eco-friendly than traditional, single-serve plastic and aluminum pods, according to the company.

The Darien, Conn.-based company’s pods are carbon neutral and made from renewable plant-based materials, making them commercially compostable, and the product carries a full-year shelf life.

“Single-serve coffee is hugely popular but creates burdensome waste to our environment. It's now super simple for any consumer or private label brand to have a compostable pod and start being more environmentally sustainable,” said Michael Sands, co-founder of Smile Coffee Werks.

The pods launch in three flavors: High Country, a 100% Colombian RFA coffee; Workday, a smooth-drinking, single-origin, medium-roast coffee; and Woke Up, a 100% Arabica bean, bold, velvety and full-bodied dark roast. 

With the pods, there are no grounds to clean and no lid separation required. Smile Beverage Werks makes the pods compatible with both Keurig K-cup brewers and also Nespresso coffee makers. The pods launch in 12-, 24- and 72-count cartons.

All of the coffee is responsibly sourced through Rainforest Alliance certified farms.