Coffee capsules are very convenient and go well with the quick pace of our modern times. They're quick, easy to use, and consistently make a great cup of coffee. However, the environmental impact is a disaster.
Despite efforts to encourage recycling, hundreds of millions of plastic and aluminium pods are being thrown away every year in the UK and globally.
Over 300,000,000 aluminum and plastic coffee capsules are used in the UK alone each year. Most of them (up to 95%) go straight to landfill without a second thought, even with the recycling programs that are put in place.
So despite the efforts to encourage recycling, across the world billions of plastic and aluminium pods are just being thrown away each year. To make this worse, aluminium and plastic capsules can take over 500 years to break down.
Even when it does happen, recycling is at best it's a very difficult process (and sometimes it's completely impossible!) The plastic and aluminium capsules are made of several layers of specialized materials. This is necessary since the brewing process needs the pods to be strong enough to withstand immense heat and pressure.
But Moving Beans is coming to the rescue! Our fully compostable and biodegradable coffee capsules take as little as 5 months to fully break down - the same amount of time as it takes for an orange peel to decompose!
This was a difficult engineering problem to solve, mainly because the coffee capsules need to be made to withstand the heat and pressure from the machine, but also because it's difficult to create a biodegradable plastic that can create a full seal and keep the coffee fresh. But after months of planning, designing and testing, we've done it.
What's more is that they’re completely safe to throw out into your compost or domestic food waste bins.
But we haven't forgotten to the other vital component: great coffee. While the clever scientists on our team went to work on making a sustainable coffee capsules, the coffee connoisseurs went on a mission to source some of the World's best coffees. The result is the World's finest coffees packed in fully-sustainable coffee capsules that always keep the coffee fresh - and you can get it right here from Moving Beans!
We’re just helping the environment one cup of coffee at a time. We hope you enjoy!
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Originally published at the end of March 2020 in published in the journal Frontiers in Microbiology, a new strain of bacteria has been identified which is able to withstand harsh conditions, such as high temperatures or acidic environments, and is able to “eat” plastic. Yes, you read that correctly. This new strain of bacteria is able to feed on toxic plastic and, rather unusually, uses it as food to power the entire process.
Our third and final blog about our single origin coffees is on our new addition, the Indonesian Single Origin. As with the last two single origins, we did some long tasting sessions among the co-founders of Moving Beans and finally settled for the following description: cinnamon, nutmeg and chocolate. These are tastes we experienced at different times of consumption, i.e. the first impression, mid palate and the long-lasting taste.
Our second blog about our coffees is on our Kenyan Single Origin coffee. Again, we did some long tasting sessions among the co-founders of Moving Beans and finally settled for the following description: bright citrus / bergamot, lemongrass and rich berries. These are tastes we experienced at different times of consumption, i.e. the first impression, mid palate and the long-lasting taste.