Updated: Nov 9, 2020
A massive 350 million pods are consumed every year in the UK alone, with the majority being single-use/disposable plastic capsules, it's time to rethink the way we are making espresso coffee.
Eco-friendly coffee pods are now widely offered and compatible with most espresso machines. Never heard about them? No problem let's explore this exciting new possibility together.
Obviously, they're the most planet-friendly way to brew with your espresso pod machine but also work out to be cheaper than disposable capsules and give you the freedom to choose your own coffee (we offer this specific ground option to all our coffee orders).
There are three main types of reusable pods to consider: aluminium, stainless steel and compostable. Each one has its particularities when coming to the end of usable life so consider your own eco preferences and the recycling options near you for a green start.
Checking compatibility with your espresso machine is an important step as coffee capsules vary in size from brand to brand. Make sure to read and research the details on the pod of interest to avoid disappointment and risk of damage to your equipment.
To help you make a better choice for the planet, we’ve rounded up the best reusable capsules. We’ve focused our search on Nespresso and Dolce Gusto compatible pods as these are the most widely used.
Stainless Steel Capsule Pod & Lid:
1 Capsule, 1 Lid, 1 spoon, 1 brush and 1 Tamper
Capsule and lid made of durable food grade BPA free material that allows for extended lifetime of pods.
Stainless Steel Capsule Pod + Aluminium Seals:
1 pod, 1 fresh cover, 1 scoop and 100 sticker lids
Capsule is made with stainless steel 304 and can last a lifetime.
Foil seals that enable pressure to build in the capsule during brewing.
Food Grade PP material with Precision Filter and Water Inlet:
2 reusable coffee capsules, 1 plastic spoon and 1 cleaning Brush
Each capsule can be used over 200 times, made of Food-Grade material, which is 100% BPA free and recyclable.
Once you have picked the best option, having all ready to enjoy a great cup is easily done:
grind the coffee/grab your pre-ground beans;
fill up the reusable pod;
fit the lid as instructed;
pop the capsule into your machine as usual and brew that perfect shot.
If you are thinking it's still to much to do for a shot of coffee, here is a tip: pre-fill your capsules in advance and store them for later use.
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