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I cannot get up on a morning without reaching for coffee. It is absolutely the first thing that I need to set me up for the day. Furthermore, I love my Nespresso machine, with its incredibly convenient coffee pods. But – although I know that the aluminium pods Nespresso make can be recycled, it’s a pain to drop them off. I currently have 3 bags waiting to go! And I am not alone. It was recently reported that 95% of all coffee capsules end in landfill, which is both astonishing and appalling. Because of this, I have wondered for a long time if there was a more eco-friendly and sustainable alternative. Well, there is. Eco friendly compostable coffee pods are available quite widely these days.
#AD – We were gifted 3 sets of coffee pods for this review This is a collaborative post. Do see my Disclosure Policy All opinions are our own.
Eco Friendly Compostable Coffee Pods
The Rejuvenation Water brand make clean, plant based nutritional drinks, and specialise in keto coffee pods that are fully compostable. This ketogenic coffee is an instant form of energy, great for starting your day.
Coffee And Kin
The Coffee & Kin Brand was started by two sisters and their Aussie husbands. Primarily, they had a love of coffee culture. But they also wanted to bring high quality ethically sourced speciality coffee to the market.
As a brand, they are passionate about ensuring that their coffee farmers get a fair price, so each of the coffees they produce can be traced back at each stage of the process.
Coffee & Kin do stock coffee beans and loose teas, and even have subscription packages for tea, coffee and chocolate. But I was most interested to learn about their range of eco friendly coffee capsules.
“The World’s Kindest Coffee Capsule”
Claiming that they are producing “The World’s Kindest Coffee Capsules”, Coffee & Kin produce 3 blends of eco friendly compostable coffee pods.
Why are they ‘kind’? Because –
- they are totally plastic free and biodegradable – designed to be composted after use.
- the capsules contain ethically sourced coffee
- from the sale of each capsule 1p is donated to the Blurt Foundation, which helps young people and adults with depression.
They are even produced using energy generated from sustainable sources, such as wind, sun, hydropower and biogas.
We were kindly gifted a box of each of the capsulated blends. Each come with tasting notes almost akin to those of fine wines. I cannot pretend to be such a connoisseur, but I did try each blend both as an espresso, and with cream added.
With tasting notes of toffee, chocolate and hazelnut, the escape pods were the first that I tried. For me this is a light tangy blend that was best with cream or milk added.
This was my favourite of the three. The tasting notes promised chocolate, almond and maple syrup, and the chocolate definitely won through in this blend for me. A smooth coffee, which seemed more robust and had a better crema from my machine.
Finally I tried the Explore blend. And this seemed a great middle ground between the other two blends. Not too robust and yet not as light as the Escape blend. A definite raspberry note as promised.
These certainly are such a brilliant alternative to aluminium pods. And at a comparable price to standard pods, they really are the eco friendly answer to the problem of so many coffee pods going to landfill. We really need to make these small changes to our lifestyle, and embrace zero waste.
PLEASE NOTE HOWEVER
***Update 2 years after this post was written. ***
These pods DO NOT compost in your own domestic compost heap. They will probably need picking up or composting in a specific local authority facility. I only found this out once I had tried to compost them in my own bin. So do be aware of this.
So to try them for yourself, do go to the Coffee & Kin Website. You can either buy a box on its own, or why not sign up to their subscription service to ensure you never run out again?
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