• Nespresso launches a new recycling programme, with rewards

    To encourage recycling of the aluminium pods, Nespresso Australia is launching a programme called “Recycling Rewards”. Instead of just sending the used pods back to Nespresso to recycle them, as done so far, those who will send back at least 100 capsules will receive a reward: a notebook made of recycled coffee grounds a sleeve of Nespresso coffee flavours a washable beach towel One of them, not all. We don’t know yet how the choosing of the reward will work, neither the original source of the news tells us. It most probably will happen through the official Nespresso app or website, once logged in with your customer account. So far…

  • Nespresso to phase out their recycling system in UK

    That doesn’t mean they won’t recycle the used capsules anymore but instead they’re joining forces with Jacobs Douwe Egberts to have a common way to recycle the pods. This will be done through a non-profit organization, PodBack, with the aim to unify the different recycling systems currently existing and making it easier for customers to hand back the pods. Other than Nespresso pods, the change will involve Tassimo and L’Or ones. Local councils will take care of collecting the capsules, along with Yodel dropoff points and, eventually, hand back the capsules when their online shopping supermarkets’ orders have been delivered. Full article on the Guardian.

  • Illy Caffé to start recycling all their capsules

    A-la Nespresso, with a system where a courier will take the used capsules for you, directly from your home. They’ve partnered with TerraCycle for the recycling technical aspects. The official announcement came out a few days ago but we waited to inform you as Illy has a proprietary capsule system, Iperespresso, and we weren’t sure the recycling system would include their Nespresso compatible pods too. Fortunately, it does, as specified on the webpage for the initiative. So if you have one of the Illy Nespresso compatible capsules, you can recycle them through them from now on. We’re always happy to highlight when a company takes care of the environment and…

  • Plastic Capsules

    The Nespresso revolution = yet another myopic article

    From time to time an article bashing Nespresso and its business model comes along. Latest in this list is this one from the Guardian. Recently it made the rounds on social media and was shared to us (more than once actually). We read it and reflected on it for a couple of days before collecting our thoughts, before feeling ready to make some points about it. We are more and more convinced that often these articles are written by journalists that either don’t truly understand what Nespresso is or dislike the company, for whatever reason. Why do we believe this? Because all of them are myopic takes on Nespresso and…

  • Nespresso launches new capsules made of 80% aluminium

    The Colombia capsules being produced this year have the highest percentage of aluminium, a fully recyclable material, than any other Nespresso capsule. That was recently announced by Nestlé. The packaging is also being made of 95% material, with plans for both it and the capsules to be made of recycled materials, in these percentages, by the end of 2021. This plan stands for both the Original and the Vertuo line.

  • Plastic Capsules

    Can Nespresso capsules be reused?

    This is a common question we receive. Personally it’s one of the very first things I attempted to discover when I bought my first Nespresso machine years ago. On the internet there are plenty of reusable pods. Pods made of metal or sturdy plastic that can be opened, filled with ground coffee, and securely closed. That is surely a way to follow if you plan to routinely use ground coffee instead of Nespresso capsules. But the actual, original, Nespresso capsules can be reused? Well, yes. A bit. Why the single serve capsule systems preserve the flavours of coffee The single serve container, as Nespresso capsules are, is designed to preserve…

  • Thoughts

    Are pods good for the environment?

    A very interesting article on Wired about what impact have the various pods on the environment, plastic, aluminium and compostable ones. Comparing them with the older methods of brewing coffee like a moka pot or a pour over, turns out that the energy needed to brew a single cup of coffee with a coffee machine using pods, like any Nespresso ones, is inferior or very close to the other methods that produce less waste in materials but require more coffee (and thus more energy to harvest, roast and ship it) and energy to give you a cup of coffee. That sheds a different light on the much criticized coffee pods…