It was a busy holiday for the men of Green Day. Not only did the group release a new song, "Xmas Time of Year," on Christmas day, it also announced the launch of Oakland Coffee Works, a java company owned by frontman Billie Joe Armstrong and bassist Mike Dirnt.
The book hook is that Oakland Coffee Works will be using compostable bags and pods for their products. Dirnt told the Financial Times that, "I've been drinking coffee all these years, I looked at the coffee bags and realized they're all landfill. It was astonishing to me. I hope that the big companies out there will step up to the plate too." The bags are made from starches and sugars. The airtight bags also have a special "degassing valve" that allow pressure to be released without air getting into them.
Dirt promised Oakland Coffee Works will keep prices down despite the extra cost of packaging.
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.