Changing the Planet One Coffee at a Time
Hi, my name is Victoria and I’m the founder of Alpaca Coffee! When I decided to start selling coffee after a trip to South America last year, I knew I wanted to bring delicious coffees to people’s homes. But there was one problem. It quickly became clear that the use of plastic packaging to package coffee was still commonplace. Sustainable materials were simply not as accessible and harder to source.
“Global coffee production creates in excess of 23 million tons of waste per year, according to sustainability researcher Gunter Pauli, from the pulp of fresh coffee cherries through to the packaging.” — Daily Coffee News
That’s when I knew there was an opportunity to do something a little different. I decided at that moment that I wanted to run a sustainable coffee business, and help pave the way towards making sustainable packaging the new industry standard. I also wanted to create a consumer product that would decrease the global plastic crisis, not add to it. And so Alpaca Coffee was born.
After months of searching and negotiating, we finally found plastic free, home compostable packaging that met our sustainability standards. It was certainly a challenge since most coffee companies by demand opt for the cheaper option — plastic.
We are happy to say that our packaging is fully compostable — that includes everything from the lining to the zipper to the labels.
The innovative material that we use for the lining and labels of our coffee bags is made from wood pulp, an exciting replacement to plastic in the F&B industry. The zipper is made from bioplastics, otherwise known as “bio PBS”, a bio-based succinic acid derived from natural substances, such as sugarcane, cassava and corn. The outside of the bag comprises of natural kraft paper.
We also wanted to make sure that our customers were having a better coffee experience not just because of our sustainability stance, but because of the coffee itself. Our first range of single origin, South American coffees span from Brazil, Peru and Colombia. We’re especially proud of our Brazilian beans from the Guima Estate in Brazil as they are grown solely by women passionate about their craft, which empowers female coffee growers to own their own land and coffee businesses.
And to those of you who may ask, “Why is it called Alpaca Coffee?”. Well, the alpaca is a native animal from South America— it was a perfect name for us!
So here’s to changing the planet one coffee at a time! We hope you can join us on our sustainable coffee journey!