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New Zealand's great disposable coffee cup conundrum

Disposable debate

New Zealand's great disposable coffee cup conundrum

It’s 2018, and we’re still having a global debate about single-use, disposable items such as coffee cups, plastic straws, cheap wooden chopsticks, and more. Here in the Land of the Long White Cloud, the issue of what to do with disposable coffee cups – and how to get rid of them without polluting the planet – is burning as hot as ever.

On the grind

New Zealand is well known for being home to producers of high-quality coffee, but the team over at Supreme may have taken this to all new heights. The coffee roaster has branched into a niche retail market and engineered a pro-edition pair of ‘Barista Socks’, which promise the wearer will brew ‘cups of excellence’. Idealog investigates the dubious testimonials backing up this product. Plus: Read on to win a pair of Barista Socks and some Supreme coffee.

Good coffee, good design

Allpress Espresso may be doing well for itself with roasters in six countries, but to bring their brand into the digital world, they teamed with digital innovations agency Gladeye to launch a new website.

Sponsored

New Zealanders are quite the coffee connoisseurs and it’s a love that equates to $13.67 a week on average. And that’s spend in coffee shops alone. We are guilty of contributing to that average as we fulfil our flat white and cappuccino needs, but thinking it’s got to be easier than venturing out of the house every time, we borrowed the new Nespresso Creatista Plus and gave it a whirl. 

Pitch Circus

Coffee pods used in handy coffee machines are taking hundreds of years to decompose. This prompted university students Josh Cole and Jayden Klinac to start up The Honest Coffee Company that sells biodegradeable coffee pods.