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Hawaiʻi Island company offers first locally-produced biodegradable coffee bags

Big Island Coffee Roasters
Big Island Coffee Roasters
Big Island Coffee Roasters created a sustainable single-serve coffee product. The coffee bags only require hot water, and they can be composted.

A Hawaiʻi Island company is making what it says is the first locally-produced biodegradable coffee bag.

Big Island Coffee Roasters is putting Hawaiʻi-grown coffee in a compostable single-serve pouch that looks similar to a teabag. The bags only require hot water.

The company partnered with Steeped Coffee to create single-serve coffee bags that can also be thrown in the compost bin.

Kelleigh Stewart, co-founder of Big Island Coffee Roasters, says she hopes to convert K-Cup and pod users to a more sustainable source.

"We also hope to attract hotels, travelers, campers, folks who come to experience our beautiful landscape," Stewart says.

The coffee bags come in a dark roast Kona coffee and a 100% Hawaiian blend medium roast.

Stewart says the quality of the taste can be compared to a French press style of brewing that also immerses coffee grounds in hot water.

Zoe Dym is a news producer at Hawaiʻi Public Radio.
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