Buzz Band: Green Day Starts Coffee Company

Oakland Coffee Works will sell compostable coffee containers
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 29, 2015 5:20 PM CST
Buzz Band: Green Day Starts Coffee Company
Billie Joe Armstrong and Mike Dirnt of Green Day perform at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremonies in April.   (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

Green Day wants to be able to say welcome to paradise to people beyond my generation. That's why sweet children Billie Joe Armstrong and Mike Dirnt are waving good riddance to wasteful coffee containers in favor of compostable ones, Modern Farmer reports. “I’ve been drinking coffee all these years, I looked at the coffee bags and realized they’re all landfill,” the Financial Times quotes bassist Dirnt. “It was astonishing to me." That's why Dirnt and guitarist Armstrong are coming clean about the launch of their new company, Oakland Coffee Works, this month. Taking a long view on pollution, Oakland Coffee Company will seek to be the best thing in town by selling coffee pods and bags that can composted with food waste.

Hold on, you might be saying. Isn't a punk bank caring about something a walking contradiction? Shouldn't they be more focused on blood, sex, and booze? Think again. Armstrong and Dirnt are having a blast with their new venture. "Aging punk rockers got to have a vice," the Financial Times quotes Dirnt, who says he's been drinking coffee all the time since he was 10. Oakland Coffee Works' bags are already on sale, but those wanting to buy the pods will be waiting until at least January, Modern Farmer reports. Hopefully the coffee doesn't taste like dookie. (More Green Day stories.)

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