October 17, 2013
Nespresso and Illy announced that they are working with retailers to recycle your spent espresso capsules; bring spent expresso capsules into stores from the Nespresso machine or the lilt iperEspresso machines, and recycle them with TerraCycle. Currently Sur La Table stores nationwide offer the service.
The capsules will be sent to TerraCycle, where the coffee will be composted, and the packaging will be recycled into other items.
In addition to the retail recycling option, Nespresso consumers can send their used capsules directly to TerraCycle by joining the Nespresso Brigade on www.terracycle.com.
Illy consumers can recycle directly through illy by using the pre-paid return shipping label provided to them when their capsule orders are shipped out.
So, if you're a total green, you probably won't have one of these machines, it you are sorta green, this might help.
In the "Sorta Green" camp, I use the Outpresso to compost my spend Nespresso coffee, and then recycle the capsules in the municipal stream.
Full press release below:
Continue reading: "Nespresso and Illy: Recycle at Retail"
October 14, 2013
Take a look at what may be the world's smallest espresso machine - one that after 30 seconds in a microwave, puts out a steam driven espresso.
This German inventor has worked through the prototypes to create a simple four piece device that with a scoop of espresso and a few ounces of water can make a quick espresso. The set-up of driving water down through an espresso pod or puck isn't new, but the concept of having such a small package in a microwaveable package is. It's a bit like the Handpresso
for the microwave.
More at Piamo
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Image and video - via Piamo.
October 6, 2013
Siemens has a new top end machine that boasts some luxurious capabilities to turn out coffee and espressos.
The super automatic machine grinds the beans, pulls the shot and will top your latte with steamed milk in one single move. Pretty simple, eh? Getting there can be fun though, as you are able to experiment with the machine to play with the grinding, and the extraction times. With a 2-stage adjustable brew setting, the extraction time can be extended to vary the flavor experience. Most baristas will experiment to figure out the right time and length of pull; you can too with this machine.
The stainless steel and blue-hue TFT display allows for intuitive controls that can make using it a breeze.
October 5, 2013
Target and Nespresso are teaming up to increase distribution of the single serve espresso machines. Recently, the machines started showing up online and in select stores.
It appears that they are selling the Nespresso U machine online and in stores, while they offer others online. Target is offering the "Plus Milk" versions too with sidecars of the Nespresso Aeroccino to appeal to those whole want a latte experience. Others include:
Prices are the same as the Nespresso Club online store, and there is no word on capsule availability in-store. the Essenza is only $99 right now, and an additional $30 for the "Plus Milk" version - a bargain considering the Aeroccino 3 as a stand alone item is $99 at Nespresso Club right now.
What's this mean for the upscale purveyor of espresso machines? Euro chic or white trash? The $99 entry point will probably dissuade casual users. Not sure if Americans will jump at espresso only configurations or jump to the "Plus Milk" versions with the Aeroccino.
Sadly for CBTL, this must be the epilogue to their launch and miss in Target about a year and a half ago. They have since disappeared from shelves at our local Target stores, and appear to be available online only.