WHAT IS A 4WKS POD MADE FROM?
Our pod has three main components:
1) A shell made from sugarcane waste (bagasse) and wood fibres,
2) A vegetable fibre lid and
3) an edible ink stamp.
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!
WHY IS IT CALLED 4WKS?
It’s called 4WKS (4 Weeks) for two reasons: 1) The coffee inside is fresh! And, following coffee’s cardinal rule of freshness, it should ideally be enjoyed within a 4-week window to enjoy ultimate flavour. 2) Our pod takes 4 weeks to start breaking down and, like an apple core, in 2 months, it’s gone!
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.
How to use it
ARE THERE ANY TOP TIPS TO USING 4WKS?
Yes! Here are our top 4 tips to getting the best out of 4WKS.
The 4WKS tilt: Our pod needs to “tilt back” slightly (bottom down) so that it can engage effectively with the machine. Made from a natural material, it could be crushed if not inserted correctly!
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 pods are not as strong as Nespresso™ pods. We recommend drinking them as short drinks, and, for extra strength, please use a double-hitter i.e. two pods to get a super-strong shot. Terbodore is our strongest-tasting pod, followed by Deluxe, then Naked (medium roast) and then Rosetta (light roast).
Once you’ve pulled a shot, eject the pod. As it absorbs water and ’swells’, please eject it (sometimes with a little nudge with your finger) into the used pods chamber.
If you home compost, have a bokashi or worm farm, please dispose of them there! Alternatively, our pod can be considered organic waste matter and is destined for the rubbish bin along with other food scraps.
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 pod. The coffee inside our Naked and Rosetta pods 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.
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.
WHAT IS UNIQUE ABOUT THE CONCEPT?
4WKS is unique for 4 reasons:
4WKS pods are home-compostable. Made from sugarcane pulp (a waste product), once used, it starts breaking down in 4 weeks and, like an apple core, in 2 months, it’s gone!
For the first time, we’ve made the best, local coffee available in an artisanal pod that’s as fresh as eggs. The coffee in 4WKS pods is roasted, ground and packed fresh — and is best enjoyed in 4 weeks. This means, pods are now off the shelf!
4WKS is a collaboration with Cape Town’s 4 top micro-roasters: Deluxe, Rosetta, Terbodore and Naked. Instead of roasting our own coffee, we approached the experts and our favourite local roasters who, for the first time, are working together to do better — for the planet and for the people.
4WKS changes and challenges the perception of how pods should be enjoyed — both in terms of enjoying them in a more responsible manner and by introducing a new way to enjoy and explore specialty coffee, sustainably and conveniently.
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.