A Milestone For Coffee Pods?
Coffee pods have come on a long way in both quality and sustainability, providing you know where to look for the best Nespresso pods…
With the promise of freshness and convenience, coffee pods first came on the scene back in the mid 1990’s. From households to hotels, this method of coffee delivery became an instant hit, but the question over flavour quality remained. Despite the tidy little pods knocking out a mess-free hit of caffeine, coffee purists remained unconvinced. This is in large part due to the fact many big brands have remained reliant on lower quality, commodity coffee. But time has moved on, newcomers have entered the fray, and innovations in design & function have led to dramatic breakthroughs.
The new era for coffee pods
In recent years, coffee pods have been taken more seriously with the flavour profile and overall quality steadily increasing. Speciality coffee in pod form became more frequent and alternatives to mass market pods were now an option. What this is all building up to, is the fact that our Ethiopian coffee capsules were awarded a Two Star Great Taste Award 2020. This is in addition to our Which? Magazine Best Buy rating in their ‘Best compostable coffee pods‘ review in both 2019 and 2020, so does this make them the best Nespresso pods in the UK? We’re biased but we think so and to receive two such high honours give them an independent mark of excellence in the field of speciality coffee, but this stands for something much more than our own fair praise.
Until recently, even the best Nespresso compatible capsules just never ranked very highly in blind taste tests and competitions. Only a few short years ago, coffee pods just weren’t up to the quality to garner a Great Taste award. The fact industry-respected judges gave our Ethiopian pods Two Stars, heaping the below prais on them shows just how seriously coffee pods are now taken.
“The advance in the quality of coffee pod coffee is well demonstrated in this product – a single origin Ethiopian arabica.”
Great Taste Judge 2020
The sustainability conundrum
But even with better quality coffee now available in pod form, recent years have seen a rising concern over the sustainability of Nespresso compatible capsules. Most coffee pods are unrecyclable as they are mixed materials and require environmentally damaging processes & resources to manufacture.
At Blue Goose we use a plastic-free coffee pod made using a waste wood product from the European paper industry. These innovative capsules are also GM-free and can be placed in council food waste collections. Depending on local processing facilities, they are turned into compost or liquid fertilizer.
Of course, skilled home composters know the right mix of conditions will help our capsules break down in around three months. Especially if composting in hot compost bins or hot composting. All of this makes our eco coffee pods more sustainable than the plastic and aluminium pods omnipresent in this industry.
The Tipping Point
Until recently, compostable coffee pods carried their own stigma, seen to underperform against the aluminium and plastic varieties… or was this just the big pod producers trying to avoid reality?!
Either way, the evidence is clear and this award has helped us prove one of our original aims as a small business; that speciality eco-coffee pods can perform to the highest level and taste exceptional. So this is an important milestone for the humble coffee pod. It’s taking its journey into a dynamic new realm where quality, provenance and flavour reign supreme.
Experience best Nespresso compatible capsules for yourself!
We’re confident that the independent awards our Ethiopian coffee pods have received make them not only the UK’s best Nespresso pods but the most environmentally friendly coffee pods too as they are also compostable, underlining the fact that you no longer have to compromise on ethics, sustainability, convenience or, of course, taste when deciding on where to buy Nespresso pods!