I love coffee. I’ve tried to give it up. I know caffeine’s not great for you; your liver doesn’t like it; blah blah blah. But every time I just find myself longing for that warming, sweet yet bitter nectar. I don’t believe in doing anything in extremes, you just find yourself resenting what you’re missing and giving up. I still limit myself to one or two cups a day, but I’ve accepted my coffee habit and decided if I’m going to do it, I’m going to do it guilt free.
When I moved in with my partner he brought with him his Nespresso coffee machine (yay!). For anyone who owns one of these machines you know how easy a half-decent coffee is to make. They’re perfect for us who don’t want to muck around with grinding coffee or forking over $4.50 to a barista each day. But I started to look more closely though at the capsules.
The low down on the pods
Composed of plastic and aluminum, traditional coffee pods can take more than 500 years to decompose, and in some cases, need to have the lids removed and be emptied of coffee grounds in order to be recycled.
Suddenly my morning cop of bliss was a source of resentment.
There is an alternative
I searched around for an alternative and discovered the Ethical Coffee Company. Ex-Nespresso chief Jean-Paul Gaillard founded this company to produce cheaper, greener coffee pods. The company now distributes its coffee pods worldwide.
Ethical Coffee Company capsules are biodegradable and made from plant fibres and starch – which means they can be disposed of with the general household rubbish, or added to your compost or worm farm. The capsule is designed to break down within six months after use, biodegrading 1.5 years earlier than an orange peel. The pods are compatible with all Nespresso and similar pod machines.
I initially ordered a Discovery Pack (10 boxes) to sample the range and I’ve been impressed. There are a variety of strengths to choose from, depending how you prefer your coffee. They all produce a nice crème and result in a smooth coffee. I especially love the Mandheling Supreme.
The Ethical Coffee Company has spent nearly a decade researching and developing their product and you won’t believe just how delicious their coffee is. Particular attention has been paid to the quality of their blends using traditional roasting methods to create a product that not only is great for the planet but also delights your taste buds.
I’ve read reviews online by coffee connoisseurs who say they prefer Nespresso for flavour and conversely there are people that argue the opposite. Obviously how well the coffee compares to other brands will come down to your personal preferences.
There are 10 varieties to choose from though, so no doubt you’ll find a type you will love.
Whilst they are more expensive than the pods available at the supermarket, they are comparable to Nespresso pod prices.
A box of 10 will cost $6.90 AUD (+P&H), roughly equivalent to $0.69 AUD per capsule.
Nespresso pods are around $0.68-89/capsule.
Unfortunately, biodegradable products do currently tend to be more expensive than their non-renewable counterparts. (My economics teacher told me though, the more people buy things the prices should come down, thanks to economies of scale)
Where to buy them from
- Ecocaffe now stocks Ethical Coffee Company pods in Australia. Yay!
- Honest Coffee Co supplies to New Zealand
- Find other suppliers around the world here
Ethical Coffee Company pods really are worth trying if you want a coffee that’s as kind to the environment as it is to your tastebuds.
I don’t receive any endorsements or payments for my reviews. The opinions expressed are entirely my own.