Posts Tagged ‘Nespresso’

Nestlé chocolate

March 27, 2022

With added bitterness of Putin’s war crimes.

No surprise Nestlé refusal to pull out of Russia, Nestlé ranks as one of the world’s most evil corporations.

Nestlé not the only Western corporation refusing to pull out of Russia.

  • M&S
  • Burger King
  • Subway
  • Total

Find Nespresso shops in your locality. Leave 1* review on Google maps that Nestlé trading in Russia, complicit Putin’s war crimes.

In Russia, find Nespresso outlets on Google maps, leave a 1* review of Putin’s war crimes.

Note: Please do not review Putin’s war crimes on indie business in Russia, it will endanger them. The Truth in Russia a criminal offence, fifteen years in prison.

For Total, a French oil company with major stake in a Russian oil company, write a 1* review on TrustPilot.

If have a friend using vile undrinkable Nespresso, treat them to coffee from Mad Heads, excellent coffee.

Chocolate, treat yourself to bean-to-bar craft chocolate.

The Odd Coffee Company

February 1, 2022

Fruit and vegetables, odd shapes, too big, too small, rejected by supermarkets on cosmetic grounds, an appalling waste, but things are slowly slowly starting to change, ugly fruit and veg find their way on to market stalls.

Can we do the same with coffee, with coffee beans, coffee capsules?

Yes, says The Odd Coffee Company.

You’ve probably heard of wonky veg and broken biscuits – well, rescued coffee follows the same premise. All of our pods are produced by premium manufactures and deemed not pretty enough to sell – that’s where we come in. We rescue the pods from never making it to the cup, repackage them sustainably and sell them at a fraction of the price.
Here at Odd Coffee Company, our motto is Let’s Save The Planet, One Coffee at a Time. We rescue perfectly tasty coffee pods from going to waste, repackage in sustainably sourced cardboard and provide it to you at a much cheaper price than buying from the big names brands. Also, our coffee pods are aluminium and 100% recyclable!

I beg to differ.

Buying a pig in a poke. Would a reputable coffee roastery wish their defective coffee capsules to be shipped out the back door?

One hundred capsules of unknown origin, known to be defective.

A defective capsule, risk of jamming the machine, poor flow. If the capsule defective, run the risk of oxidised stale coffee. A deformed capsule will impact how the water passes through the capsule.

I accidently stood on a capsule. One badly deformed capsule. I tried, with difficulty, restoring to correct shape. I noticed a faint aroma of coffee. I no longer had an oxygen free environment, the ground coffee would very rapidly oxidise. I tried brewing. It dropped straight through the machine. I tried again, with reluctance had to force it in. It brewed OK.

The capsules are shown dropped in a recycling bin. No, would contaminate the bin, risk a fine. The spent coffee grounds require a gadget to extract, then stack the capsules, drop in recycling bin, the spent coffee grounds drop on a compost heap or scatter on the garden.

Defective coffee beans? Surplus coffee beans?

Surplus is created in every industry, coffee is no exception. Commercial roasting of coffee generally creates a surplus of up to 4% of the total yield. With 95 million cups of coffee being drunk in the UK every single day, a surplus can equate to up to 3.8 million cups of coffee that never make it to the customer. This surplus is created because of excessive commercial production to avoid supply and demand issues. For example, If a roaster supplies a coffee shop with 100kg of coffee, they will produce enough for 107kg to avoid common roast complications like bean shrinkage.
This is where we come in, we buy fresh surplus coffee off of the speciality roaster, repackage it and sell it to you for a fraction of its normal price. Saving all of that unnecessary waste.

A reputable roastery would not ship defective beans out the back door, these would be destroyed.

Burnt, over roasted broken beans. These are already available from cowboy roasteries.

Nor do reputable roasteries have a surplus. Will usually roast to order. And once past optimum, what to do with the coffee beans? A reputable roaster will supply freshly roasted coffee beans.

Claimed to be specialty coffee, yet no mention of q grade or origin. Transparency and traceability is very important in coffee.

Claim to be from big name brands. Big name brands do not ship quality via the front door let alone the back door.

But let’s assume willing to buy a pig in a poke, order one hundred capsules, with no idea what will be shipped, try a capsule, will have no idea what it is, try the next capsule, again no idea what it is, where it is from. This is not the way to treat coffee, to show respect to every one, from the farm, the processing station, the roastery.

To buy, the subscription scam, lure in with what seems to be a good deal, then find impossible to cancel.

Can we compare a coffee capsule with a latte?

January 20, 2022

The simple and definitive answer is no.

I was going to say occasionally but sadly all too often I come across crass comments on coffee.

John Christophé Pearson (commenting on Impresso coffee capsules from Stokes on High Bridge):

Bought some of these alongside a latte from the high bridge cafe. Really impressed with the comparison! One of my favourite coffees ☕️👍🏻

The comment makes no sense, did he take in a Nespresso machine to make a comparison? Maybe Stokes have a Nespresso machine to try Impresso, try before you buy cf Nespresso stores.

When questioned, became defensive, read the comment (no matter how often read makes no sense), then goes on the explain bought capsules and tried later at home.

This raises even more questions? Does he have incredible sensory memory, most people lack sensory skills?

To make a comparison, it would have to be a side by side comparison.

There is though another objection, this is like comparing apples with oranges. We are not comparing like with like.

And that aside, there is a more fundamental problem, as Scott Bentley founder of Caffeine magazine empasises in an Adventures in Coffee podcast (and with which I fully agree) a Nespresso machine does not produce espresso, even Nestle do not make that claim (though are happy to let consumers labour under that false impression. [see Coffee Pods: The Espresso Killer?]

Impresso, coffee capsules from Stokes on High Bridge, a long established tea and coffee company.

The Eco Press

June 2, 2021

Coffee capsules come in two varieties:

  • compostable
  • aluminium

Compostable we can throw on the compost heap, where hopefully will breakdown on a well made compost heap.

Aluminium we can recycle, but first we have to extract the spent coffee grounds.

There is a third variety, those from Nespresso, nigh impossible to recycle, and cheap low quality coffee, therefore best forgotten. [see Coffee capsule recycling greenwash]

Always buy coffee from reputable roasteries:

  • Kiss the Hippo — compostable
  • Colonna — aluminium and compostable
  • April — compostable

A couple of week ago Hotel Chocolat launched their Rabot Estate Coffee range of coffee beans and coffee capsules, plus The Eco Press, a gadget for extracting used coffee grounds from aluminium coffee capsules (essential when recycling aluminium capsules).

My first attempt using The Eco Press was a failure, the capsule collapsed in from the sides, spent coffee grounds not extracted, though I found when dry,  tapped, the spent coffee grounds fell out.

Trying again a few days later, I noticed the bottom half of The Eco Press has a circular ridge surrounding a hole. The capsule must be placed inside this circular ridge, flat side down. This needs to be made explicit in the instructions.

Pressing down with the upper half of The Eco Press, the result was not what I expected. I expected a flattened, crushed capsule. To my surprise the capsule turned inside out, the contents deposited in the bottom chamber. Very clever.

This also explained what had me baffled. How to stack flattened capsules.

Now rinse the capsules and stack. But be very very careful, tiny shards of aluminium. Another omission from the instructions.

Note:  I found it was not necessary to rinse the capsules, tap on a hard surface and any remaining coffee is dislodged. It may prove necessary to rinse if wet.

A tiny gasket, what do with? Hotel Chocolat state compostable. These are the only capsules where I have seen stated the gasket may be composted. Other capsules need to state, of what material the gaskets, what to do with.

The instruction leaflet needs improvement:

  • clearly state place capsule within the circular ridge
  • describe that the capsules turn inside out
  • take care with the shards

The base has a bad design feature. Detach and coffee grounds everywhere.

Contrary to the misleading claim by Hotel Chocolat, The Eco Press is not the only such gadget, Dualit on sale in Lakeland and UPress from Colonna Coffee.

The Eco Press not price competitive, that from Lakeland cheaper.

The Eco Press is a very useful gadget if using aluminium capsules, indeed a must have gadget if wish to recycle the aluminium.

Do not be swayed by the nonsense peddled compostable v aluminium, little more than marketing hype and greenwash. Compostable can go on the compost heap, though may take time to break down, aluminium can be recycled but need a gadget to extract the spent coffee grounds.

Irrespective if compostable or aluminium, provided dispose of intelligently, will help reduce your carbon footprint and reduce the waste you generate. Of course the same could be said if using a French press, V60 or AeroPress.

Real Coffee

May 26, 2021

Really, or just another example of real life bullshit?

This is unfortunately typical of the garbage I receive every day.

Exclusive new aluminium capsules

It’s your lucky day. You’ve just stumbled across the only recyclable, Fairtrade and organic coffee capsule in the UK!

WTF is real coffee? Or do we now have fake coffee like we have fake meat?

We have bad coffee, which this probably is, typical of what we find in the corporate coffee chains, for example tax-dodging Starbucks et al and the vile undrinkable coffee peddled as luxury by Nespresso.

Then we have independent specialty coffee shops serving excellent coffee.

There is nothing exclusive about the offer.

No, it was not my lucky day, and no I did not stumble across. It was an unwanted intrusion into my personal timeline.

Do not diss compostable.

I assume they mean the contents of their aluminium capsules are organic, not the aluminium which is what they misleadingly state.

It is only possible to recycle aluminium capsules, if obtain a tool (not mentioned) to first extract the spent coffee grounds.

FairTrade scam pays tiny premium above commodity price, maintains growers in poverty as no incentive to improve quality.

Facebook directs to a website, no information, other than told the world’s best coffee, another false claim. Nothing on origin, variety or Q grade.

There is quality coffee in Nespresso compatible capsules, but not from Nespresso:

  • Kiss the Hippo — compostable
  • Colonna — aluminium and compostable
  • April — compostable

Note: The video that appeared on my timeline does not appear to exist and yet it does exist. Very odd. I have posted a different video (but it too does not exist).

Note: The video that appeared on my timeline does not appear to exist and yet it does exist. Very odd. I have posted a different video (but it too does not exist). I have therefore posted the links (may need to be signed into facebook to view)

http://www.facebook.com/realcoffeeUK/videos/480234379723628

http://www.facebook.com/717503798352990/videos/961238294281270

Halo compostable coffee capsules

May 20, 2021

An e-mail from Halo, ELLE Winner: Best Compostable Coffee Pod! Really, well let’s check it out. And compared with what?

I found an article, 10 Best Coffee Pods To Buy 2021.

Elle, that well known magazine with expertise in coffee. Er, I think not, and it shows.

In their Top 10, Grind, Lavazza, Eden Project, which says it all, their lack of knowledge of coffee.

When we see magazines and newspapers promoting the Best Coffee, Independent recently had a similar list, just ignore.

With great reluctance placed an order with Halo, recommendation by Elle sufficient reason not to.

  • hype
  • meaningless environmental claims
  • pods porous to oxygen
  • pods jam machines
  • pods made of paper

Crass environmental claims, comparing compostable pods with aluminium. Aluminium can be recycled, but first extract the spent coffee grinds and put on the compost heap.

Compostable, home compostable on a garden compost heap or an industrial biodegrader? How many have a garden compost heap? Even fewer access to an industrial biodegrader.

Do I really wish to jam my Opal One?

April highlight the problem of paper tainting the coffee. With a V60, always first rinse the paper.

If the pods are not an effective barrier to oxygen, somewhat self defeating as the coffee will not be fresh.

When we buy coffee, we should not lose sight of what we are buying, coffee. The packaging is important, its role is to keep the coffee fresh. If the packaging can be recycled or composted or recycled, an added benefit.

With capsules an additional criteria. The capsule forms part of the brewing process, it must be neutral and not effect the flavour of the coffee.

Quality is inversely proportional to hype. excellent coffee does not need hype.

Service reasonable, order placed on a Monday and confirmed, Tuesday notified had been dispatched, delivered in the post early Thursday afternoon.

A long black box. Not impressed. Follow the example of Grind and Kiss the Hippo or Riverford, plain cardboard boxes, well designed, minimal impact on the environment. So much the Halo claim packaging minimal impact on the environment.

Open the box, two long boxes shrink-wrapped in what is claimed to be compostable plastic. We will see.

Inside the lid, told

  • The world’s best coffees, in a way that’s best for the world.
  • THIS BOX HAS BEEN A BOX BEFORE AND WOULD LIKE TO BE A BOX AGAIN. PLEASE RECYCLE.

If the world’s best coffee, then specialty grade, high Q grade, high 80s, low 90s. No mention of Q grade. Nor mention of origin other than country.

Kopi Luwak is not the world’s best coffee, far from it, it is to support a vile trade in animal cruelty. Had I known Halo was involved in this vile trade, I would not have ordered from Halo. Any company that supports this vile trade should be driven out of business.

If wish to recycle the box, then ship in a plain cardboard box.

Opening the box, a faint pleasant aroma of dried fruits, maybe dates or figs. The two boxes inside with the capsules is supposed to be an oxygen barrier, but the aroma suggests not effective and that the capsules are porous.

Capsules limited shelf life, use by December 2021, which again suggests the capsules do not provide a very effective oxygen barrier, the world’s best coffee, far from it, marketing bullshit without specifying origin, variety or Q grade. 

Halo recommend once the box has been opened, use the capsules within three weeks, which once again implies the capsules are porous, not an effective oxygen barrier, in other words completely useless as capsules.

And the coffee?

  • Daterra Moonlight
  • Pacamara

A bag of coffee when opened, often even before opened, a wonderful aroma of the coffee, a promise of what is to come. With capsules nothing, which at least shows the capsule is functioning as it should, an oxygen-free environment for the coffee.

With Halo, stripping off the outer oxygen barrier, open a box of capsules, Daterra Moonlight, an interesting, not unpleasant smoky aroma that I cannot quite place. But, unfortunately shows we do not have an effective oxygen barrier to keep the coffee fresh.

A porous capsule is to miss the plot. The advantages of capsules

  • optimum grind
  • optimum freshness
  • oxygen-free environment

The capsules, made from rice and paper, is of the look and feel of an egg box or the compressed card sometimes used for tomatoes. mushrooms and strawberries . 

Dropping a capsule into the Opal One, usually no problem, it hesitated, I thought it was going to jam, then dropped through. 

No information on brew. I chose roughly 25g as I have brewed other capsules. 

Fearing it may swell and jam, I immediately ejected the capsule on completion of the brew.

The brew, not as I expected. Lacking in crema, weak and insipid for an espresso, more like a not very good V60 pour over. 

On examination of the capsule, it had the same malfunction as I had experienced with Grind house blend compostable capsules, a couple of tears and not the matrix of hole, but worse, two layers were lifting up.

Comparisons are with an aluminium pod and Kiss the Hippo George Street blend compostable capsule

Dropped on compost heap with capsules from Grind and Kiss the Hippo. 

The following day, I tried a second capsule to see if experienced the same problems of capsule failure and poor quality brew.  Unfortunately yes, if anything the tear in the surface was worse and the brew as bad, a watered down espresso or poor quality pour over. 

Batch failure, design failure? 

One day on from removing the plastic outer wrapping, aroma was now more pronounced on opening the shipping box, far more pronounced, very strong aroma, when opening the capsule box.  The capsules are porous, not acting as an oxygen barrier. A serious design failure.

My findings are what have been reported by others, but without realising the significance for the freshness of the coffee. 

Unspoken question, was the Opal One at fault?

The following day, Kiss the Hippo Bond Street house blend compostable capsule. No resistance dropping into the machine, crema, tasted like espresso, not a watered down espresso or poor quality pour over.

Examining the ejected capsule, perforations as would expect, comparable with aluminium capsules. 

Halo, maybe a batch problem. but looks like steer well clear of. 

Note: Will update sometime in the future with thoughts on the second box of capsules.  I do not wish  to open the box soon, due to limited shelf life of the capsules once the oxygen barrier breached. 

Opening the box Halo

May 13, 2021

It was with some reluctance and against my better judgement I ordered compostable coffee capsules from Halo.

Meaningless environmental claims, hype. Quality is inversely proportional to hype.

But, with low expectations, I may be pleasantly surprised.

Service reasonable, order placed Monday and confirmed, Tuesday notified had been dispatched. Delivered in the post early this afternoon.

A long black box. Not impressed. Follow the example of Grind and Kiss the Hippo or Riverford, plain cardboard boxes, well designed, minimal impact on the environment. So much the Halo claim packaging minimal impact on the environment.

Open the box, two long boxes shrink-wrapped in what is claimed to be compostable plastic. We will see.

Inside the lid, told

  • The world’s best coffees, in a way that’s best for the world.
  • THIS BOX HAS BEEN A BOX BEFORE AND WOULD LIKE TO BE A BOX AGAIN. PLEASE RECYCLE.

If the world’s best coffee, then specialty grade, high Q grade, high 80s, low 90s. No mention of Q grade. Nor mention of origin other than country.

Kopi Luwak is not the world;s best coffee, far from it, it is to support a vile trade in animal cruelty. Had I known Halo was involved in this vile trade, I would not have ordered from Halo. Any company that supports this vile trade should be driven out of business.

If wish to recycle the box, then ship as a plain cardboard box.

Opening the box, a faint pleasant aroma of dried fruits, maybe dates or figs. The two boxes inside with the capsules is supposed to be an oxygen barrier, but the aroma suggests not effective and that the capsules are porous.

Capsules limited shelf life, use by December 2021, which again suggests the capsules do not provide a very effective oxygen barrier.

The two boxes, each containing ten compostable capsules

  • Daterra Moonlight
  • Pacamara

shrink wrapped in compostable capsules to provide what is claimed to be an oxygen barrier.

At least once opened, I have found a use for the tin from Grind. [see Opening the box Grind]

A bag of coffee when opened, often even before opened, a wonderful aroma of the coffee, a promise of what is to come. With capsules nothing, which at least shows the capsule is functioning as it should, an oxygen-free environment for the coffee.

With Halo, stripping off the outer oxygen barrier, open a box of capsules, Daterra Moonlight, an interesting, not unpleasant smoky aroma that I cannot quite place. But, unfortunately shows we do not have an effective oxygen barrier to keep the coffee fresh.

A porous capsule is to miss the plot. The advantages of capsules

  • optimum grind
  • optimum freshness
  • oxygen-free environment

The capsules, made from rice and paper, is of the look and feel of an egg box or the compressed card sometimes used for tomatoes. mushrooms and strawberries .

Inside the lid of the box of capsules, a neat touch, an offcut of card, information on the coffee, that also serves as a bookmark.

Frescopod

April 28, 2021

A Kickstarter project, a solution to a problem that does not exist, hyped on social media with misleading claims.

When I get unwanted posts on social media for a product I do not want, I am wary. When misleading claims are made, I suspect a scam.

𝗙𝗿𝗲𝘀𝗰𝗼𝗽𝗼𝗱

  • ✅ 100% biodegradable & compostable waste
  • ✅ 10¢ – 22¢ per cup
  • ✅ Great-tasting fresh coffee
  • ✅ You choose ANY coffee, unlimited variety

𝗦𝗶𝗻𝗴𝗹𝗲-𝗨𝘀𝗲 𝗣𝗼𝗱𝘀

  • ❌ Non-biodegradable рIastic
  • ❌ 45¢ – $1 per cup
  • ❌ Mediocre “so-so” coffee
  • ❌ Limited to Pods

Let us look at these claims.

Third party capsules from reputable roasteries will be high quality great tasting coffee in aluminium or compostable capsules.

  • Colonna – aluminium and compostable
  • Kiss the Hippo – compostable

If buy from Nespresso or cheap off the supermarket shelves, then yes, will be poor quality undrinkable coffee.

As with all things in life, you get what you pay for.

As anyone who has ever tried, if refill pods messy and waste of time.

The preparation shown is wrong and shows an appalling level of ignorance of coffee,  coffee ground who knows when, will be oxidised and stale, coffee not precisely weighed.

If filling a pod, need to invest in a quality grinder, digital scales. Why not then go all the way, a V60, Origami, Chemex swan-neck kettle or an Aeropress or French press.

The point is completely missed re capsules, and it is not convenience:

  • quality coffee
  • optimum grind
  • optimum freshness
  • accurate dose
  • consistency
  • oxygen free environment

To invest in this system, are reliant on the device, and for the pods to be filled.

Internally, Nespresso machines are the same, invest in the cheapest. Or better still, invest in an Opal One, roughly double the price of the cheapest Nespresso machine.

Opening the box Opal One from Colonna

March 27, 2021

Three boxes earlier this month from Colonna.

  • Peak water filter
  • Opal One
  • coffee

All boxes have remained untouched until yesterday.

Yesterday it was open the coffee, today it was open

  • Opal One

Inside large brown box

  • a bag of coffee
  • a smaller box with Opal One

My missing bag of coffee Yesterday, until I  double checked my order, I thought I was mistaken that I had not only ordered Nespresso capsules, but also a bag of coffee for comparison,

A read of the manual, use I will try for another day.

My initial impression on taking the Opal One out of its box was cheap plastic construction.

  • PHOTOS Opening the box Opal One from Colonna

— to be continued —

Three boxes from Colonna

March 2, 2021

This morning delivered by DHL three boxes from Colonna.

box one – Peak water filter

Coffee is over 90% water, water matters.

Cannot make coffee with tap water. Hopeless if trying to enjoy the pleasures of those delicate nuanced notes in a V60.

You may not realise, when drinking coffee in a speciality coffee shop, the water used has been filtered.

We have therefore a choice:

  • ask nicely for water in a coffee shop
  • buy bottled spring water
  • use a filter at home

If a filter, try Britta water filter jug. But far better a Peak water filter jug, designed for coffee.

box two – Opal One

It may seem unlikely, if not highly improbable, it is possible to brew excellent coffee with a Nespresso machine, though not using Nespresso capsules. Nespresso capsules brew disgusting undrinkable coffee.

Internally, Nespresso machines are the same, whether less than one hundred pounds or several hundreds pounds, therefore buy the cheapest Nespresso machine.

Or go one better with an Opal One superior Nespresso machine. Double the cost of the cheapest Nespresso machine.

Note: Not yet available outside Singapore, check out Morning machine, roughly double the price of an Opal One.

box three – coffee

Imagine if an optimum grind, peak freshness, sealed in an oxygen free environment. That is what a better designed Nespresso capsule offers. The capsule can be aluminium or compostable, one recycled the other composted.

A mix of capsules for Opal One, a gadget to extract spent grounds from aluminium capsules, plus a bag of coffee for comparison.

Hot tip: Sign up for a newsletter from Colonna. 10% discount off first order. Make first order a big order.

Part of series The Kitchen Counter Coffee Shop. Started last summer with Aeropress, V60, digital scales, Rhino hand grinder (since given away as a present) CrushGrind hand grinder, though sat dormant not used as coffee shops reopened following lockdown.

What I now require, Comandante hand grinder, 9Barsita espresso machine and Niche Zero single dose grinder. All three ludicrously expensive with long lead times or impossible to obtain.

Also require, top quality ceramic in which to serve. Maybe also add, a cocktail shaker for cocktails.


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