George Clooney made them popular, now almost everybody has at least used a Nespresso machine. Do you have one in your office or at home? Then you are probably familiar with the insane amount of empty coffee capsules that go into your garbage bin every day. What if you could avoid this and still enjoy great coffee? This is what Erwin Meier, the founder of Mycoffeestar, a Swiss startup, thought as well. His idea could revolutionize the way people use their Nespresso machines. Instead of buying the expensive capsules every week, Mycoffeestar suggests you use their reusable capsules and fill them with regular coffee. The capsule is made from high-tech steel, only weighs around 21 grams and is said to last a lifetime. You would have to buy the capsule which is a whopping 33 Euros and then buy the coffee of your choice to refill it every time you use your Nespresso. If this sounds expensive to you, then check this:
Using the Nespresso capsules, a kilogram of coffee will cost you around 87 Euros! For one kilogram, isn’t this a price out of this world? Just do the math yourself. Look at how many capsules you use each day, be it at home or at your company. A regular pack of coffee only costs a fraction and comparing to 87 euro, you could buy the tastiest organic coffee on the market for your Nespresso machine. And there is more advantages.
Nespresso capsules are made of aluminium. Estimates say you use on average 4 capsules per day, the refillable capsule can save around 2500 tons of garbage each year. The environment will thank you. Great idea to reduce waste and also save money, you may think. However, a few questions remain. Although it only takes about 30 seconds to change and clean the capsule, according to the founder, will you be willing to do this? It might sound like no time, but in busy office environments, will people be willing to take this time? I think this will be the decisive factor that will make this capsule a success or failure.
It would be a very nice experiment to try out the new capsule at your office or at home. One month without the regular capsules, how much do you save, both in waste and money? In any case, it will be very interesting to see how the food giant Nestle will respond to this innovation by Mycoffeestar.