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At PODiSTA, we believe if you can get the very same, rich, full-flavoured intensity – and that heady, dreamy aroma of a coffee from a capsule – why wouldn’t you?

And one other thing, we don’t like emptying our bank account every time we have a coffee, just so George Clooney can build another wing on his pad at Lake Como.

It’s not often you’ll hear this, but we offer the world’s first – one more time – world’s first, multi-beverage range of pods…4 varieties of coffees, 5 flavours of hot chocolate, and even a range of sugar-free Poddies for kids.

That’s why we're here. PODiSTA is a wholly Australian owned and operated company – with a vision to change the way the entire world uses Nespresso®* coffee machines.

The term ‘state-of-the-art’ is thrown around so glibly these days, so when it comes to our production line, let’s just say – if it was any more advanced and it would be scary.

We chose our name PODiSTA very carefully – you can probably see where we’re going with this. Using next generation pod technology – we give you nothing short of barista quality coffee – from a pod…get it?

And – we’ve only just begun…

We’ve developed these pods to suit your taste – literally. Around 90% of coffee consumed in New Zealand is with milk compared to 10% in Europe. This means a lot of pods taste weak to the Kiwi palate so we’ve specifically blended them with more intense roasts and chocolate flavours to suit your taste.

Meet the team

Toby Strong

Co-Founder and Managing Director

Founder and entrepreneur, Toby was the first person in Australia to launch Nespresso compatible pods. Now known by many as the “Australian Podfather”, Toby started in business at preschool selling origami to his family friends when they visited. Never content with what’s happening now, he’s always thinking way ahead in multiple directions, treating business like a game of chess. A self-confessed workaholic he’s got a brain that never slows down, with the help of his own pods of course.

David Keelan

Co-Founder and Operations Technical Manager

If Toby is Ying then David is Yang, often bringing Toby’s grand plans crashing down with a stern reality check. With 35 years of engineering experience, and the last 20 years involved in food manufacturing, if you catch him on a good day he’ll share his wealth of knowledge with you. Catch him on a bad day and you might see some sign language (you know what we mean!).

Victoria Lewis 

Global Sales and Marketing Manager

Victoria is our pocket rocket, jack-of-all trades and master of many. She has a wealth of experience managing great businesses with big brands and keeps Toby and David on the straight and narrow. She is also our culture queen, recruiting people to join our business who are like us, having a passion for what they do and a desire to make a difference.

Sue Middleton

Quality Assurance Manager

Sue is our Paper Nazi when it comes to food standards and production processing. She dots all the I’s, crosses all the T’s, believing in the transparent communication of food safety standards. Highly qualified with over 25 years experience in the food industry, no product moves forward without the expert scrutiny of Sue’s eagle eyes.

 

More importantly, we can’t forget, the great team of people who work side-by-side these four to ensure there is truly pleasure in every PODiSTA pod.

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