Ask the experts and many of them will tell you the same thing: the single-serve coffee category is hotter than freshly brewed java. Fueled by convenience, the time-saving system that lets users prepare drinks by the cup is gaining popularity worldwide. Yet, since their inception, single-serve cups and capsules have had to dodge the criticism that they’re inherently bad for the environment.
Since single-serve capsules are discarded after each use, the brewing method is not as green as preparing drinks with ground coffee or espresso. And, we’re talking about a lot of cups and capsules. According to the National Coffee Association, single-serve coffee is the fastest-growing sector of the home market, as well as the second most popular brewing method after conventional drip coffee makers.
So, what’s an environmentally conscious coffee lover to do? Must eco-concerns be set aside in favor of fast, convenient, and reliable drinks by the cup? Fortunately, leading single-serve manufacturers are addressing the issue head on. Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (GMCR), the maker of K-Cups for Keurig, conducted a life cycle analysis to assess the environmental impact of its single-serve packs. Highlights of the study are as follows:
According to the study, even though the end-of-life cycle -- when a K-Cup is used and discarded -- is the most visible, it actually only accounts for only 5% of the potential global warming output. Nevertheless, GMCR has put together a program to allow workplace customers in the contiguous U.S. to collect and return spent K-Cups for composting and energy from waste processing. The Grounds to Grow On program is estimated to have recovered 4.1 million K-Cup packs and composted over 85,000 pounds of ground coffee in the same year. The plastic from spent K-Cups saved approximately 139 kilowatt hours.
Want to take matters into your own hands, give the Keurig My K-Cup filter basket a try. It is a reusable filter that lets you brew with any ground pre-ground coffee you choose. No hassle, no mess, and no waste.
At Nespresso, the talk centers around recycling as well as developing more sustainable aluminum for their single-serve capsules. In the U.S., the company has capsule collection systems in place in cities with Nespresso boutiques including: New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. Nespresso has also launched the AluCycle, partnering with mining, refining, retrieval, recycling organizations to improve the sustainability of aluminum. The company has also teamed up with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) to promote environmentally sound aluminum practices.
Taking its commitment one step further, Nespresso has equipped some of its single-serve machines with an ECO button, which will automatically turn the machine off after 30 minutes of inactivity to conserve energy. The feature is available on the latest generation of the CitiZ machines. As an added bonus, purchase any Nespresso single-serve machine over $199 from now until June 17, 2013 and you can register for a $50 Nespresso Club credit good for free capsules.
Illy iperEspresso fans can take heart in knowing that their capsules are made from recycled plastic. The company is working on a method to allow consumers to open, clean, and recycle their capsules.
While single-serve systems may not be as eco-friendly as other more traditional brewing methods, the leading manufacturers are taking notes and continually making improvements to their products. Don’t write them off just yet.
From now until June 17, 2013, Nespresso is running a promotion offering $50 of credit for their Nespresso Club program when you purchase a machine of $199 or more. You can find a link to Nespresso’s promotion page on any of the eligible machines we carry; alternatively you can follow this link here to register your machine with Nespresso. If you’re not already a member of Nespresso’s club program, you’ll have to register with them. After you click “CONTINUE” the next page will be where you enter the serial number of your new machine, upload your receipt, and select where you purchased the machine. To find Whole Latte Love, first, select the “Internet - Others” option from the “Store Name” drop down menu. Next, select “Whole Latt, Rochester, 14623 (2200 Brighton Henrietta Townline R)” from the “Store Location” drop down menu. See the image below for more details. Click it to reveal a bigger version of the screen.
After that, simply complete the registration process to enjoy your $50 of Nespresso club credit!
Green coffee beans are usually shipped in 132lb bags, (60 Kilograms) and world-wide production statistics are compiled on the number of bags.
World production for 2012 includes 88,818 bags of Arabica and 62,440 of Robusta.
To give you perspective on worldwide coffee production and the rarity of some highly prized regional coffees like Hawaiian Kona and Jamaican Blue Mountain that make up a tiny fraction of all coffees, here are statistics for 2012 compiled by the US Department of Agriculture.
Brazil leads the world in total production again in 2012 with 40,200 bags of Arabica and 15,700 of Robusta for a total of 55,900 bags or 7,378,800 lb.
Vietnam is second for total production with 850 bags of Arabica and 24,150 of Robusta for a total of 25,000 bags or 3,300,000 lb.
The United States, mostly Hawaii, (100/0) and Mexico (4,500/200) make up North American production of 4,600 bags of Arabica and 200 bags of Robusta.
Central America produces 14,605 bags of Arabica and 10 bags of Robusta from: Costa Rica (1,600/0), El Salvador (1,475/0), Guatemala (3,840/10), Honduras (5,800/0), Nicaragua (1,800/0) and Panama (90/0).
South American countries including Bolivia (4/150), Brazil (40,200/15,700), Colombia (7,500/0), Ecuador (415/190), Paraguay (25/0), Peru (4,800/0) and Venezuela (880/0) combined to produce 53,970 bags of Arabica and 15,890 bags of Robusta.
Caribbean countries produce 920 bags of Arabica from: Cuba (125), Dominican Republic (475), Haiti (300) and Jamaica (20).
Middle East coffee comes from Yemen at 150 bags of Arabica.
Papua New Guinea, 1,100 bags of Arabica and 50 bags of Robusta, represents Oceania’s total production.
South Asia contributes 1,650 bags of Arabica and 3,685 bags of Robusta from: India (1,640/3,660) and Sri Lanka (10/25).
Sub-Saharan Africa contributes 9,243 bags of Arabica and 7,580 bags of Robusta from: Angola (0/30), Burundi (225/0), Cameroon (100/700), Central African Republic (0/15), Kinshasa (200/165), Cote d'Ivoire (0/1,800), Ethiopia (6,500/0), Ghana (0/90), Guinea (0/425), Kenya (850/0), Liberia (0/5), Madagascar (25/500), Malawi (25/0), Nigeria (0/30), Rwanda (250/0), Sierra Leone (0/70), Tanzania (500/300), Togo (0/650), Uganda (650/2,800), Zambia 10/0) and Zimbabwe (8/0).
Happy Holidays From Nespresso - a $100 Club Credit!
Nespresso Rewards 2012 Year End
There are 3 things Nespresso requires of you to claim your $100 Nespresso Club Credit:
The form has 3 regions:
|1 - Your Info
Fill in your current membership number if you are already a Club Member, or fill in the personal information you want to use to set up a new Club Membership. Tick the “I have read Terms & Conditions” box and go to region 2.
|2 - Choose Your Machine
Here is where you will tick the box for your eligible machine model and then enter the serial number from the silver sticker on your new machine drip tray.
|3 - Store Info
Select “Other” for name of store, tick the “Purchased online” box, and enter “Whole Latte Love” for store name, the city is “Rochester” and the State is “New York”. Finally enter your date of purchase as shown on your receipt and click on Continue.
Terms and Conditions
1) Offer • $100 Nespresso® Club Credit on your Club account only with purchase of a Nespresso machine $199 or above made between 11/23/2012 and 01/21/2013, while supplies last. This is not an instant credit. Offer valid in the U.S. only and solely at participating stores. Upon receipt of supporting documents, $100 will be credited to the Nespresso® Club account specified and is valid towards the purchase of coffee, machines and accessories. • Offer is limited to one $100 credit per qualifying Nespresso® machine purchased. • Offer will not be processed without valid requested documents and cannot be used in conjunction with any other Nespresso® discount or promotion. • Not redeemable in-store. Void where prohibited or restricted. This offer may not be published without Nespresso® permission. • Fraudulent requests will be voided. Offer not valid for Professional account credit or products. • This is a Nespresso® promotion.
2) To receive Nespresso® Club Credit:
• Download and complete your voucher found available at http://www.nespresso-us.com/rewards • Submit your supporting documents via online or mail.
•If submitting supporting documents via online, scan and upload a copy of:
1. The store sales receipt onto www.nespresso-us.com/rewards. Gift receipts not valid.
2. THE ORIGINAL SILVER SERIAL NUMBER STICKER FROM THE MACHINE DRIP GRID.
• If submitting supporting documents via mail:
1. Make a copy of the store sales receipt. Gift receipts not valid.
2. REMOVE FROM MACHINE DRIP GRID, THE ORIGINAL SILVER SERIAL NUMBER STICKER.
3. Please send completed voucher, receipt copy, and requested serial number sticker to:
The Nespresso Year End Promotion
24-01 44th Road, 12th Floor
Long Island City, NY 11101
• Please note that the submitted documents will not be returned.
• SUBMITTED MATERIALS MUST BE POSTMARKED NO LATER THAN FEBRUARY 4th, 2013.
$100.00 Nespresso® Club credit can only be used at Nespresso.com, Nespresso boutiques, and on Nespresso telephone orders.
3) Receipt of your Nespresso® Club Credit • Please allow 2-4 weeks for processing your credit upon receipt by Nespresso. This credit is not instant and the Nespresso® Club will confirm this credit via e-mail or phone once available. • Your credit will only be valid for one year from the date it is issued on your Nespresso® Club account.
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For submission material inquiries, please call the Nespresso Club toll free at 877.776.6601
What I Like:
The Nespresso Citiz machine has a great look to it. Modern looks combined with an easy to use capsule system make this machine a great choice for any kitchen. I really like the looks of the machine, it almost has a retro/ classic look to it.
-Ready lights/ Brew Buttons
This machine features two programmable brew buttons which flash until the machine is up to temperature. This is a great feature to have because you will know when the machine is ready to brew. When the lights become solid all you will need to do is place the capsule into the machine and press the brew button.
-Programmable Brewing buttons
The Citiz machine features two programmable brewing buttons. This is a great feature which allows you to customize your shot of espresso. I found that for the best results I set one button for a double shot at about 2 ounces and the other for the lungo capsule at about 4.5 ounces.
-Adjustable Cup Tray
This machine accommodates a larger or smaller cup by folding it up or down. The machine will hold up to a 6 inch cup.
The Citiz machine has a large dredge drawer for catching the used capsules. I found that it holds about 10 spent capsules give or take depending on how they fall. It is very easy is remove the tray to dump the spent capsules and to clean.
What I would Change
There are two Nespresso Citiz units. One unit comes with an Aeroccino which allows you to froth milk . The other comes with just the espresso machine. It would be nice if there was a way to froth milk without purchasing the combo unit.
Because the Citiz is a capsule machine it takes several extra steps to get a full sized cup of coffee. You would have to use the lungo capsule and use 2 of them to get about a 10 ounce cup of coffee. It would be nice if they made larger lungo capsule so that you would only have to use one per cup.
I would recommend this machine to anyone who is looking for a convenient way of brewing espresso. Nespresso offers 16 different capsules varieties so that you never have to settle with one type of coffee. The capsule system does a good job with minimal mess. This machine would make a great fit for anyone who is looking for an easy to use machine. The Citiz would make a great addition to any home or office.
It wasn't pixie dust, but ingenuity and technological know-how that brought one of the world's smallest single-serve machines to our doorstep. The itty-bitty Nespresso Pixie is about eight capsules tall and as wide as the length of the average spoon. At only 6.5 pounds, the Pixie weighs less than most newborns. Think of it as the Thumbelina of the espresso world. The Pixie can fit in almost any nook and cranny; you can park it at home or your cubicle and kiss burnt office coffee goodbye. It's even available in 6 vibrant colors to suit your personal preferences and décor.
Lest you think otherwise, the Pixie doesn't just rest of its good-looking, space-saving laurels. Equipped with a thermoblock boiler that could, this single-serve espresso machine posts record-breaking warm-up times. On average, it takes the Pixie only 25 seconds to go from a cold start to ideal brewing temp. This means you can turn the machine on and prepare a fresh beverage in less than 60 seconds. You'll be able to brew a great shot and make it to the next department meeting with plenty of time to spare.
The single-serve Pixie uses proprietary Nespresso capsules to prepare your drinks. This is something worth keeping in mind, if you're interested in purchasing not just the Pixie but any Nespresso single-serve machine. Nespresso capsules are available exclusively through the Nespresso Club and are not sold through Whole Latte Love or any other retailer. There are 16 Grand Cru capsules to choose from, ranging from ristretto to espresso, regular, decaf and café lungo varieties. Ground coffee is sealed within the aluminum-coated capsules to protect against air and light exposure and guard against oxidation, flavor and aroma loss. By any standard, the Nespresso capsules and brewing system are some of the best in the industry.
The Pixie can accommodate all Nespresso capsules. Shot volume is programmable; you can opt to brew one, two or three-ounce espressos to suit your preferences. Even for the uninitiated, the Nespresso Pixie is easy to use. Simply insert a capsule of your choice and press the single or double-shot button. The Pixie will brew and dispense fresh espresso directly into your cup. Spent capsules are automatically discarded into the capsule container, which is capable of holding approximately 10 capsules.
If you want to brew into an espresso cup, leave the cup tray down; otherwise, the cup tray can be pushed up and out of place to allow you to accommodate a tall glass (up to 5.5" inches). The Pixie is also exceedingly energy efficient. It'll let you go green by using 40% less energy than comparable single-serve machines. Nespresso will even get you started on the right foot with 16 free capsules. If you've been waiting for a small, easy-to-use single-serve espresso machine, the Nespresso Pixie is just what the doctor ordered.
Here's your chance to catch up on the latest lineup of unique, strange and utterly unbelievable espresso machines. While I can't speak for their brewing and frothing capabilities, these machines will definitely stand out in the crowd.
While most espresso machines are made of ABS plastic or stainless steel, the Linje espresso maker prototype features a wooden frame. Created by three Norwegian design students, this earthy espresso machine is said to represent a "Nordic approach to coffee." The Linje is made of 1.5cm thick planks of Populus wood—which includes poplar, aspen and cottonwood species—layered together to create the machine's shape.
Israeli Designer Dror Goldblum's concept Nespresso machine may have taken a few cues from man's best friend. Standing on all fours, this espresso maker has a cylinder-shaped body that houses a water reservoir and accommodates single-serve capsules. Dubbed the "Espresso on Four Legs," this machine has a minimalist design that is also evident in its controls. There are only two buttons to choose from, one for a single and the other for double espresso.
What do you get when you cross a scooter and an espresso machine? The Vespeo Espresso Machine, of course. Created by German industrial designer Stefan Radev, the Vespeo has a unique display that bears a striking resemblance to a speedometer. This intelligent espresso machine will actually give you the proper water, coffee and steam ratio for your beverages.
These are the latest and greatest concept espresso machines to make their debut. Which one would you most like to have on your kitchen counter? If you've encountered an out-of-this world espresso machine, feel free to share; post a comment below.
In this video, we are introducing the Nespresso CitiZ in black and Aero 3. This compact espresso machine comes with 16 Nespresso capsule samples that you can choose from to produce a great latte, cappuccino, Americano, or espresso. I would recommend the Nespresso CitiZ and Aero 3, if you want an espresso machine that is easy to use with minimal amount of cleanup. Happy Brewing.
America may run on coffee, but at the Nespresso Austria espresso bar it’s the clocks that are powered by java. The eco-conscious Mischer’Traxler design firm has transformed the famous Nespresso capsules and ground coffee into electricity that is actively being used by the cafe. Think twice before you discard the byproducts of your morning coffee. Once man’s spent capsules are another’s electricity!
I had the opportunity to take the Nespresso CitiZ and Aeroccino Plus home; this machine comes with 16 different capsules. In this video, I’ll share my thoughts on the CitiZ and Aeroccino Plus as well as review their features. As you’ll see, the machine heats up quickly; it’s also very easy to use. The Aeroccino Plus makes ample foam with a push of the button. I would recommend the Nespresso CitZ and Aeroccino Plus, if you’re looking for a fast, clean way to make a latte or cappuccino.