What Makes Smile Coffee Werks Pods Truly Sustainable?
Sustainability In Beans & Roasters...
We source our beans from Rain Forest Alliance Certified farms and collaborate with a variety of roasters, right now based in Germany. Stay tuned for additional US Partnerships coming soon!
Sustainability In Pod Manufacturing...
Our pods are manufactured in Germany where they produce our capsules exclusively with energies from wind, sun, hydropower and biogas.
We hold a huge list of certifications such as BPI certified and OK COMPOST according to TÜV Austria / Vincotte since December 2017 (Nespresso® compatible pods), BPA & PFAS Free, Certified BPI Commercially Compostable (Certificate #10528936).
The bio capsule material is biodegradable according to DIN EN ISO 14855.
The sealing ring is compostable according to supplier's declaration and certified according to DIN EN 13432:2000-12.
Sustainability In Product Packaging...
Our product’s outer packaging is made from recycled paperboard without added plastic bags, wrappers or seals and is fully recyclable.
Sustainability In Fulfillment...
Our entire supply chain is certified Climate Neutral through Climate Partners (ID 1442-2003-1001)
We contribute to seven of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals for ending extreme poverty, reducing inequality and protecting the planet by 2030.
Sustainability For Our Customers...
The outer paper board box can be recycled.
Our pods are Certified BPI Commercially Compostable in just 12 weeks without having to remove lids or clean containers. Just pop the pod right in your compost bin after enjoying a great tasting cup of coffee.
Is Your Coffee Certified Organic?
Our coffee isn’t “Certified Organic”, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t organic. This decision was intentional when we were choosing how to source our beans, as part of our sustainability mission we wanted to make sure we offered opportunity to the smaller local farmers that may not be able to afford expensive Organic Certifications. The farms we source from do utilize top notch environmental practices and adhere to sustainability practices set forth by the Rain Forest Alliance. They are review by third party agencies and need to adhere to standards set forth by RFA’s 3 pillars of sustainability: social, economic and environmental.
Where Does Your Coffee Come From?
Our coffee comes from what we consider to be the best farms in the world from Peru, Honduras, Guatemala, Ethiopia, Sumatra, India, Colombia, Nicaragua and Brazil. We source all of our beans responsibly from Rain Forest Alliance certified farms. These farms do produce organic beans, however they do not hold the “Certified Organic” seal.
Does Your Coffee Contain Flavor Enhancers?
No, our coffee is full of flavor, but does not contain any flavor enhancers.
Is Your Coffee Free Of Harmful Substances?
Yes, it is free from any additives or harmful substances. Our product does not contain PFAS.
Who Roasts Your Coffee?
We work with a variety of roasters, right now based in Germany. Stay tuned for updates on our US Partnerships!
What Coffee Blends Do You Offer?
In our Nespresso® Original machine compatible pods we offer Espresso, Ristretto, Lungo, LaCrema and Decaf.
In our Keurig® machine compatible K-Cups we offer Werk Day, High Country and Woke Up.
Are Your Pods Really Compostable?
Yes, they are. All pod materials are tested and certified as meeting the ASTM D6400 standard (compostable in aerobic municipal and industrial composting facilities.) Take a look at our certifications on Our Story Page by clicking here.
How Long Do Your Capsules Last?
Our capsules are oxygen-tight and have a shelf life up to 12+ months.
Does The Pod Come With Excess, Unnecessary Bag Packaging In Addition To The Box?
Isn’t the number 1 rule of sustainability "Reduce”? Smile Coffee Werks thinks so, and has reduced the need for a carbon-generating bag, while still providing the longest shelf life and maintaining our best-in-class compostability.
*Please be careful when ordering any pods on-line. Most sites trick you and do not show the excess carbon bag packaging with their pods, nor claim the correct OTR rating.
Does Your Pod Contain Any Plastic?
Smile Coffee Werks pods do not contain petroleum-based plastics. Instead, they made from sustainable plant-based materials.
Are Your Pods BPA OR PFAS free?
Yes, Smile Coffee Werks pods are tested and certified BPA and PFAS free.
Is Your Pod Climate & Carbon Neutral?
Smile Coffee Werks pods are certified Carbon Neutral through Climate Partners, which makes our entire supply chain a carbon neutral process.
Is Your Pod Certified By A Third Party Expert As Compostable?
All Smile Coffee Werks pods are certified commercially compostable by BPI (Biodegradable Products Institute), the North American leading authority on composability.
We are also pursing other compostability certifications as we speak.