Single Serve Espresso Just Got a Little Greener
The very concept of single serve coffee is not very green, and frankly, I don't really understand it. What's a K cup? I've only tried it once, and that was in a hotel room. I have to admit, it was one damn good cup of coffee, but what about the disposable waste?
Outpresso the Nespresso Capsule Recycler makes single serve espresso a little greener. Single Serve Espresso reports:
Outpresso was recently started by veteran web-entrepreneurs who fell in love with Nespresso. It wasn't until after a relative's trip to Europe where they saw Nespresso machines "everywhere", did the owners of Outpresso USA get one as a gift; a Red Nespresso Citiz. Fans of espresso, and keen on being green, the new machine presented a dilemma that a lot of single serve coffee/espresso users have; how to balance the convenience and quality of the single serve coffee brewer with the environmental impacts of the packaging, like the aluminum coffee capsules in the Nespresso system. Avid recyclers already, Andy and Beth, owners of Outpresso USA, the Outpresso recycler was the answer. Amazed by the quality and ease of use, bringing it to the US market was the obvious next step...
Each Nespresso capsule contains 2 grams of aluminum making it a small amount that adds up over a lifetime of espresso drinks. You can't just throw the spent capsules into the recycling stream because the ~7 grams of coffee contained in the capsule won't separate, and won't create that pure metal stream that is easy to process. So, in order to recycle the capsules, separating the aluminm from the coffee is a big step in making it more recyclable. While Nespresso runs a recycling effort in Europe, urging consumers to bring capsules back to recycling points, they don't yet do that here. Given the general sentiment here about the environment and the lack of market penetration in the US for Nespresso, I am not sure we will see that happen for a long time.
Good news if you are a Nespreso junkie!
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Posted by Jennifer Lance at March 29, 2011 1:21 AM