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    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.

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    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…

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    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…