Today I want to talk about one of my top 3 favourite things in life; coffee and coffee pods are the focus of discussion. There are so many reasons that we need to make better choices as consumers and the environmental impact of these coffee pods over the past 35 years has been horrifying.
I’ve been staunchly against coffee pod machines specifically because of the environmental damage caused, from greenhouse gas emissions to millions of them being dumped in the ocean.
Are Coffee Pods Safe For Environmentalists To Use Now?
Seriously, there’s nothing like the perfect cup of coffee to jerk you out of sleepiness in the morning. Finely ground, dark roasted coffee, is the perfect start to anyone’s morning. I’m a bit too delicate for an Espresso first thing but they’re the first ingredient in an Americano so it’s the first thing I make each morning.
Now with espresso machines and coffee pods, the guesswork is taken out of making espresso at home. Which is music to the ears of any night owl needing a morning pick-me-up!
The growing popularity of espresso means that we want an easier, fuss free way to make professional style coffee at home. No waiting involved. So now you can find espresso machines that help you create the perfect brew for you.
There is a wide range of models to choose from, but if you want to be more conscientious in your consumption of coffee, a Nespresso machine is probably best. I’ll explain why a little later.
A Very Brief History Of Coffee Pods
Nespresso, Tassimo and Keurig are probably the most popular brands of coffee machines available. The inventor of the coffee pod is a Swiss aerodynamics engineer who joined the Nestle packaging department in the 70’s with a mission to prove to his wife that he could make the ultimate espresso.
Éric Favre, father of coffee pods, is quietly “proud” of his achievement, which is in stark contrast to K-Cup creator John Sylvan who regrets inventing the Keurig Coffee pod system. If you’re interested, keep reading the history of encapsulated coffee by Halo Coffee .
It’s estimated that up to a billion coffee pods end up in the landfill every year and those same pod sales are increasing every year, so the number is clearly going to increase.
Our Job As Consumers Of Coffee Pods:
It’s our responsibility to take care of the environment. I like to think of all of my recycling efforts as me ‘paying rent’ to mother earth. It’s our job to actually switch to those sustainable coffee pods that are now available. The Government doesn’t seem to have a plan in place to tackle the immense waste and damage that has occurred thanks to these pods so it’s up to us.
Then they could maybe take a leaf from our book and start to back systemic change to the way we consume coffee in Britain. Supporting creators and innovators of environmentally friendly alternatives to the products that we consume A LOT.
Thankfully, There Is Good News In the World Of Coffee Pods
A growing number of smaller, independent coffee companies like Halo Coffee are bringing out compostable pods. Unlike other companies who use industrially compostable bioplastic, their compostable capsules degrade with no effort and don’t contaminate your compost heap. Which means Yes, it can be safe for an Environmentalist to use a Nespresso machine, as long as they use these compostable pods.
Unlike other compostable pods that use materials that mimic plastic and take quite a while to compost, the Halo coffee compostable pods can breakdown completely within 30 days.
Espresso coffee pods are a quick way for you to brew that perfect morning cup that gives you the kick up the butt you need to get started in the morning.