Coffee pods are such a cool idea for the manufacturer, it allows them to differentiate their product in ways that were previously unknown at such a level of granularity, plus you can make a whole lot more selling little pods for a buck than a big jar of the stuff for five.
Hence, the rise of the pods!
Now what happens if you buy a Dolce Gusto and also feel like you should do the right thing and recycle the spent coffee grounds trapped within that plastic shell? Well not much… you’re screwed actually.
The Dolce Gusto is a particularly tricky pod to get the grounds out of (yes with some of the pods you have a fighting chance), because the only way to get to the coffee is to pull off the thick double coated top and either scrape them out or rinse it in a bucket of water. Either way is less than ideal and it is going to take some time to get a decent amount.
So what does Nestle (AKA Nescafé) have to say about it?
NESCAFÉ® Dolce Gusto® capsules are made from different material and our volumes are too small to be recycled as a second material in the standard recycling streams, therefore at the moment the best solution for NESCAFÉ® Dolce Gusto® capsules is to be used to generate energy for other industries whenever local conditions allow or be recycled as part of mixed-plastics.
So there are a couple of things that you the consumer can do, if you feel that having no real option to reuse the perfectly good natural fertilizer trapped within the plastic casing is just not good enough:
- Don’t buy them!
- Give them back to the retailer, maybe they can collect enough to do something useful with them.
- Use a French press or good old fashioned copper pot to brew your coffee. That’s what I do with Greek coffee and it is STRONG.
- Tie a few with thick cord to replicate the beauty of the Bola – you too can catch running game or low flying birds.
- Stick a few in your gob and see how far you can spit them out.
- Or… repeat step 1.
Now if you happen to be mechanically minded and can come up with an easy way to extract the good coffee from the bad plastic, please do share with the group. And maybe there should be more than 2 steps – what do you reckon?