WHICH COFFEES FORM PART OF YOUR RANGE?
We’ve partnered with 4 of Cape Town’s best local micro-roasters: Terbodore Coffee Roasters, Deluxe Coffeeworks, Naked Coffee and Rosetta Roastery. In terms of strength and flavour, Terbodore and Deluxe both offer dark-roasted blends, with Terbodore being our darkest/strong-tasting Cap. The coffee inside our Naked and Rosetta Caps are single origins, with Naked Coffee being a medium roast, and Rosetta offering two coffees: a ‘Classic’ roast as well as ‘Progressive’ roast, with both coffees always being seasonal.
Roasted, ground + packed every WK, our Caps are as fresh as eggs and best enjoyed, like all great coffee, in 4WKS. Compatible with Nespresso® machines, our 4WKS Cap is 100% compostable, with zero plastic or aluminium. Made from an innovative plant-based bio-material, it’s sealed with a vegetable fibre lid, and branded with edible ink. When composted, our 4WKS Cap will break down in WKs but, even if it lands in landfill, it’ll break down hundreds of times faster than plastic or aluminium capsules.
In tandem with our partner roasters, we’re extremely excited to launch an innovative composting programme that will do not only less harm but more good in returning both our Caps back to Earth.
WHAT IS A 4WKS CAP MADE FROM? Our Cap has three main components: 1) a shell made from a plant-based biomaterial; 2) a vegetable fibre lid and 3) an edible ink stamp. Our Cap has been designed for consistency in strength and taste.
WHERE CAN I BUY A 4WKS CAP? Our Caps can be bought directly from our roasters cafés (i.e. Terbodore, Deluxe, Naked + Rosetta Cafés) OR can be bought online, via our website and we ship nationwide.
ARE 4WKS COMPATIBLE WITH A NESPRESSO® MACHINE? Yes! They have been designed to work specifically with Nespresso® machines. They are not however recommended for use in fully-automatic Nespresso® machines.
As of 11 November, we have sold out of our beloved sugarcane pods for the next few WKs. Our home-compostable pod is our 4WKS moonshot and we are working hard at fully cracking them and producing them - start to finish - here in SA. We will keep you posted as to when they are back in stock and online!
WHAT IS A 4WKS POD MADE FROM?
Our pod has three main components: 1) a shell made from sugarcane waste (bagasse); 2) a vegetable fibre lid and it's been branded with; 3) an edible ink stamp
Our pod has been designed with the planet in mind, and it is ideal for those who compost at home. The shell is made from a 100% natural product and therefore it is less forgiving than materials like plastic or aluminium.
IS IT HOME COMPOSTABLE, AND WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?
Yes! They have been designed specifically for use in your home compost heap, or worm farm. This means, like an apple core, it takes 4WKS to break down and, in 2 months, it is gone!
ARE 4WKS PODS COMPATIBLE WITH A NESPRESSO® MACHINE? Yes! They have been designed to work specifically with Nespresso® machines. They are not however recommended for use in fully-automatic Nespresso® machines.
Help us to help the planet!
ARE CAPS COMPOSTABLE? Yes, our capsules are 100% compostable. They can be turned into compost when entered into an commercial composting facility! At this facility, they use high temperatures to break down plant-based bio-materials into carbon or nitrogen, which can also be turned into nutritious soil full of life!
There is SO MUCH to learn about waste management and it has, excuse the pun, “organically” turned into a big pillar of 4WKS, and one we’re intent to crack in our mission to shift coffee, habits + culture!
How to use it
ARE THERE ANY TOP TIPS TO USING 4WKS?
Remember to store your Caps in an airtight jar. This will keep them fresh and please remember, they are best enjoyed within 4 weeks!
Short and/or a double-hit. Our darker roasts (Deluxe + Terbodore) blend well with milk, but we’d recommend enjoying our single origins (Naked + Rosetta) short and black! Our Caps are not as strong as Nespresso™ capsules. We recommend drinking them as short drinks, and, for extra strength, please use a double-hitter i.e. two to get a super-strong shot. Terbodore is our strongest-tasting Cap, followed by Deluxe, then Naked (medium roast) and then Rosetta (light roast).
WHY DID YOU START 4WKS?
We started 4WKS because we’re coffee snobs who love the planet. While recognising the brilliance of Nespresso™ machines and the need for great coffee at the push of a button, we were also acutely aware of two things. Firstly, the unsustainability of plastic and aluminium single-use coffee capsules which, in 2018 alone, resulted in 56 billion capsules landing in landfill — where they’ll remain for 450-500 years. Secondly, we challenged the coffee inside the capsules (also known as pods) and why they’re largely imported, mass-produced, and have a shelf-life of 18 months — when the best coffee should be consumed fresh. We wanted to make the best, local, micro-roasted coffee — which we love — available to people at home, the office, or on holiday with a pod that, freshly-packed, tastes delicious and, home compostable, does no harm to the environment.
WHERE DO YOU WANT TO BE IN 4 YEARS TIME?
In 4 years time, we would like to have 4WKS Pod Collectives in cities around the world: celebrating the best, local, micro-roasted coffee in a pod that’s fresh, sustainable and exists to shift coffee, culture and habits — for the better. Our ultimate ambition is to open-source and share all our knowledge, expertise and tools to not only replace single-use plastic and aluminium capsules but to do our best to reverse the damage and impact they have had on the environment.