As part of its mission to address the problem of waste plastic, the Eden Project has unveiled its own range of fully biodegradable Nespresso coffee capsules. The new capsules, which can be placed in your home composting bin, compost heap, or food recycling bin when finished, are available now in Waitrose stores and online. While they’re not the first compostable Nespresso pods we’ve seen, they are one of few to claim to fully break down in home compost waste in a matter of weeks.
The card packaging is printed with vegetable-based inks and can also be recycled, making for a guilt-free espresso experience. The Eden Project says that the coffee is ethically sourced, too. There are four flavours to choose from, all are single origin coffees:
- Columbian – described as bright and crisp with notes of lemon, grapefruit and caramel
- Guatemalan – delicate with notes of almond, hazelnut and chocolate
- Costa Rican – complex with notes of toasted barley, spices and black walnut
- Italian Espresso Decaffeinated – delicate, smooth and rich with notes of caramel, nuts and citrus
The Eden Project capsules are compatible with Nespresso coffee machines and are due to be sold at Waitrose, the Eden Project shop and on Amazon.
They cost GBP3.50 per pack of 10 at Waitrose. At 35p per pod, that’s roughly on par with Nespresso’s own capsules. Best Nespresso-compatible capsules – see the top picks selected by our expert tasting panel
The rise of capsule coffee and why it matters for the environment
Capsule coffee systems such as Nespresso are extremely popular as they allow you to make quick, easy and mess-free espresso at home.
However, the pods are difficult to recycle, as they are usually a mix of plastic, aluminium, foil and coffee grounds. Nespresso has its own recycling scheme, as do some third-party Nespresso compatible pod brands. We’ve seen a number of compostable capsules launch in recent years too, but these usually need to go in your kerbside food waste recycling bin, for collection by the council, as the materials require higher temperatures and industrial recycling methods to break down.
If you don’t have the facility to recycle food waste via your local authority, or simply want a home composting method, these new capsules could be just the ticket. We haven’t tested these capsules yet, but in the meantime you can get our expert verdict on other popular pods, including some compostable versions, by checking our list of the best Nespresso-compatible capsules.
Other compostable Nespresso pods
Here’s a round-up of the other main compostable Nespresso-compatible options available.
Home compostable coffee pods
These are thin on the ground, but Novell and Oquendo both sell fully compostable Nespresso-compatible pods, which can go straight into your home compost bin. Novell’s pods come in two flavours – Intenso (with aromas of cereal and vanilla) and a decaf alternative.
A box of 10 capsules costs GBP3.30. Oquendo’s Natura pods come in five variations and cost GBP2.99 for 10 capsules, excluding any postage costs.
Compostable Nespresso pods (via local authority)
Dualit NX pods
Dualit makes a range of pods that are compatible with both Dualit and Nespresso coffee machines, including a selection that are compostable via your local authority food waste collection. You can try Dualit’s ‘bold yet creamy espresso’ Sumatra Mandheling beans, or the Indian Monsoon ‘dark roasted espresso with a spicy finish’.
At the time of writing, a pack of 60 capsules costs GBP12, which at 20p per capsule is cheap compared to Nespresso. See how Dualit’s Nespresso-compatible coffee machine fared in our coffee machine tests – read the full Dualit Classic review.
Percol compostable pods
Percol has a selection of pods that are fully compostable via your local authority. Made of plant-based materials, they are said to completely break down within 12 weeks.
You’ll find an Americano lungo, Organic Ethiopia espresso and Supremo ristretto in the range. You can see what our coffee experts made of the Ethiopia espresso in our full Nespresso taste test results.
Colonna compostable pods
Colonna’s plastic Nespresso pods are recyclable via your local authority. However, it’s worth noting that before you throw away a used capsule, you’ll have to peel off the foil lid and clean out the coffee grounds, which is a time-consuming job.
The brand has produced a limited run of compostable capsules – Las Galeras Columbian espresso and Wegida Blue Lot Ethiopian espresso – which, like the others above, can be recycled via your local authority food waste scheme.
Coffee pod recycling schemes
While the big-name coffee capsule brands have yet to bring out compostable pods, most have their own recycling schemes to tackle the used pods piling up on your worktop. Here’s a look at some of the better-known options:
- Nespresso – you can get your used pods picked up when your new ones are delivered by Nespresso. Alternatively, you order recycling bags on the Nespresso website and send the pods back via CollectPlus.
- Tassimo – The coffee brand has partnered up with TerraCycle to create a free recycling service for used Tassimo T-DISCs, L’OR capsules and Kenco Eco Refill packs.
Head to terracycle.co.uk to find your nearest drop-off point.
- Starbucks – You can get rid of your used Starbucks capsules by requesting a recycling bag in-store.
Fill up the bag, print a recycling programme shipping label from the website and return to your nearest postal drop-off location.
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We’ve pitted the biggest names in capsule coffee machines against one another in our latest coffee maker tests, to find out which makes the best brew. Which triumphed and which trailed behind – Nespresso, Tassimo or Dolce Gusto? Each brand launched new models towards the end of 2017, but not all are worth splashing out on.
One model came in near the top of our coffee machine scoreboard, while another languished nearer the bottom with a mediocre 51% score. Also in the ring are compact coffee makers from other popular capsule brands, such as the Illy Y3.2 coffee machine, and an ultra-compact traditional ground coffee machine from DeLonghi. Find out which coffee machines we recommend by checking our coffee machine reviews.
Battle of the capsule brands: how the new models compare on spec
Here’s a brief overview of what each model offers.
Nespresso Vertuo coffee machine, GBP199
There are three machines in the new Nespresso Vertuo range, all of which use a completely new capsule system known as Vertuo.
You won’t be able to use original Nespresso or compatible capsules in these machines, but at the touch of a button you can get four different coffee sizes, ranging from a standard espresso to a Monday morning worthy extra-large mugful. There are two models to choose from: the Vertuo or Vertuo Plus. The only difference between them is that with the Vertuo Plus the water tank isn’t built-in and can be moved to either the side or back of the machine, depending on your worktop space.
Its capsule lever is also automatic, so you can swap capsules with a light touch. Does this Nespresso machine really offer enough to warrant its higher price tag? Find out by reading the full Nespresso Vertuo review.
Bosch Tassimo My Way, GBP140
The Tassimo My Way lets you personalise your drink; allowing you to customise the size, temperature and intensity of your brew.
You might also find its auto-clean function particularly handy, as it will allow you to keep your machine clean with minimal effort. Unfortunately, as with the Vertuo, you’ll only be able to use own-brand Tassimo capsules in this machine. There are lots to choose from though, so you’re bound to find a favourite – it’s worth trying them out before committing to the brand, though.
Nescafe Dolce Gusto Colors, GBP60
With a stylish design and three different coloured backing panels included, you can easily customise the Colors to suit your kitchen decor, or switch it up when you fancy a change. Like the Tassimo, it lacks the milk-frothing accessory many other models have; instead, when you want to make a milky drink like a cappuccino, you need to use a second special capsule which contains long-life UHT milk.
It’s the cheapest of the three, and can often be found on offer for around GBP60, but does it offer the best value? Find out if this model can really deliver coffee full of flavour by reading our full Dolce Gusto Colors review.
Compact coffee machines put to the test
In recent years there has been increasing appetite for smaller, more compact coffee machines to fit onto already cramped kitchen worktops, and many brands have now released models in response to this. The Illy Iperespresso Y3.2 coffee machine, for example, is smaller than a kettle.
This means that it can fit snugly on your counter without taking up as much space as other coffee machines, some of which are nearly as big as a microwave. Other compact coffee makers we’ve just tested include:
Choosing the right coffee machine for you
When choosing a coffee machine, it’s best to start with what you like to drink and work backwards, rather than committing to a particular type early on. Not all machines can make every type of coffee.
More basic machines will only be able to make espressos, but if you prefer drinks like lattes or cappuccinos, you’ll need to make sure the coffee machine has a milk-frothing attachment included. Our reviews have all the information you need to know before buying. For example, if you’re looking at capsule machines, the Nespresso Vertuo and Illy Y3.2 are well suited to those who like longer coffees over espressos, as they both can make larger mugfuls of coffee with dedicated capsules.
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Nespresso’s latest pod coffee machine, the Lattissima One, is an ultra compact model with an integrated milk frother that aims to put an end to milk waste. You fill up just the right amount of milk for the drink that you want, such as a cappuccino or latte, and the machine uses it to make your drink. With other automatic coffee machines, you usually fill a larger carafe of milk, which the machine draws from for each drink.
On models with separate milk frothers, you need to gauge how much to make to fill your mug. In both cases there’s the potential for wasting milk – either by frothing too much, or leaving the half-full carafe out of the fridge for too long. Find out more about the new model and how it measures up to other Nespresso machines below.
Nespresso Lattissima One – what you get
The Nespresso Lattissima One has a much smaller milk container than previous models, designed for making a single drink. Other Lattissima machines have a larger milk carafe, which you can remove and keep in the fridge between uses. At GBP219, it’s cheaper than other Lattissima machines, but pricier than most other Original Nespresso machines.
Markings on the container specify the amount of milk you need for different drinks, and it’s dishwasher safe for easier clean-up. There’s also a cup holder for days when you just want a quick shot of espresso.
Automated coffee making combined with automatic milk frothing means that the Nespresso Lattissima One has the potential to be fuss-free. It’s also nice and compact – great if you want to save some counter space. Its available in two colours, white and brown. The white version is currently exclusive to John Lewis, whereas the brown model can be bought from John Lewis or Nespresso direct.
Nespresso Lattissima machines compared
Nespresso Lattissima coffee machines have a distinctive cube look and are designed for those who love a milky brew such as a cappuccino.
Unlike most other Nespresso machines, they have an integrated milk container which automatically froths milk and deposits it directly into your mug, for a one-stop coffee making solution. They sit at the more premium end of the Nespresso range, as they allow you to make milky coffees at the touch of a button, rather than having to set up and use a separate frother. Below we compare the specs to help you find the right model for you:Model Size Milk capacity Capsules Water tank capacity Price Lattissima One EN500 26cm x 15cm x 32cm 0.12 litres Nespresso original 1 litre GBP219 Lattissima One Touch EN550 26cm x 18cm x 33cm 0.35 litres Nespresso original 0.95 litres GBP200 Lattissima Pro EN750 28cm x 19cm x 34cm 0.5 litres Nespresso original 1.3 litres GBP270
We’ve tested the older Lattissima models and have found they they are a bit of a mixed bag. Some make excellent coffees while others trail behind, turning out disappointing cappuccinos. Read the full reviews of the Delonghi Lattissima One Touch EN550 and the Delonghi Lattissima Pro EN750 to see how we rate their coffee-making abilities.
Other Nespresso models with milk frothing options
If you fancy a machine that makes milky drinks the good news is there are plenty of other compact capsule models with milk frothers, including cheaper options.
The Aeroccino frother can be bought as a bundle with most older machines, and usually costs about GBP50 more. Here are three more from Nespresso to consider:
Nespresso Krups Essenza Mini with Aeroccino, GBP120
- 21cm x 8cm x 33cm
- 1 litre capacity
The Essenza Mini is tiny and with the addition of the Aeroccino automatic milk frothing accessory, you can create cappuccinos, lattes and more. The main difference to the Lattissima is that you need to pour the milk out yourself to create your drink, but the smaller size and separate frother could make it easier to squeeze into a tight spot.
Krups Nespresso CitiZ and Milk, GBP170
- 28cm x 37cm x 22cm
- 1.07 litre capacity
The Krups Nespresso Citiz and Milk is another slimline model designed to fit into packed worktops. On this model, the Aeroccino frother base is integrated with the machine, keeping all your coffee-making bits tidily together. Find out what we though of the Citiz’s cappuccinos in the full Nespresso CitiZ review.
Sage Nespresso Creatista, GBP299
- 17cm x 39cm x 30cm
- 1.5 litre capacity
This Sage by Heston Blumenthal Nespresso machine aims to give you fine control over your frothing, for demanding coffee drinkers who also value convenience.
The automatic steam wand has multiple froth settings for different drinks, and automatically self-cleans after use too. Find out how this pricey Nespresso machine fared in our tests in the full Nespresso Creatista review.
Is Nespresso right for you?
Whether you want your coffee milky, short, or long, Nespresso has a machine tailored to you. It has probably the largest and most diverse range of machines of all the capsule brands, covering everything from super-compact espresso machines to high-end capsule machines that let you dictate the level of froth, temperature and length of your drink.
But is the Nespresso pod system your best option? Before you commit, read our handy guide to the different coffee capsule brands, which summarises the pros and cons of each to help you choose. You can also check our 120+ coffee machine reviews to see which models our independent coffee tasting expert rated best for flavour.
*Prices correct as of 19 February 2018.
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- ^ Nespresso Essenza review (www.which.co.uk)
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- ^ Nespresso Creatista review (www.which.co.uk)
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