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Compostable Coffee pods by Black Insomnia - Nespresso compatible

A quick look at Black Insomnia 100% compostable Nespresso compatible coffee pods

I recently received a selection of Black Insomnia products to review and one in particular caught my eye - the Black Insomnia Nespresso compatible coffee pod.  

Why? Because it is 100% home compostable. That's right - this is a completely eco-friendly alternative to the standard aluminium and plastic capsule. Made from 100% corn starch, these coffee pods can be thrown directly into your home compost along with your vegetable scraps. 

Wow, really? Yes, there is no need to faff about with rinsing out pods or driving your used pods to your local collection point. According to Black Insomnia, simply throw the pods (lids and all) directly into your compost bin and it will breakdown in six weeks. 

Can I throw them into my food waste bin that the local council picks up?

Yes, you can! 

An aside: My compost bin is seen here filled with my homegrown Chioggia beetroot scraps - aren't they just the prettiest candy coloured beets? And they match the compost bin! 

Did you know? 39,000 capsules are produced every minute, 29,000 end up in landfill (Source: BBIA article, read here).

How about freshness, taste and quality? So, a lot of coffee pods are made from aluminium and this is primarily to protect freshness and taste. And you may wonder whether packaging made from corn starch is up to scratch - according to Black Insomnia, after years of research and testing, these pods have been designed to keep the coffee fresh for up to 15 months.  Want to know how? This is achieved by using shells from sunflower seeds which provide natural protection against light and oxygen, both of which are damaging to coffee - and are therefore ideal to protect the ground coffee in each pod. This is a very strong, medium roast coffee.  The company uses traditional barrel roasting techniques to create a smooth, rich taste from a mix of Arabica and Robusta beans. How much are they and where can I buy them? Black Insomnia home compostable coffee pods for Nespresso© Machines are £19.95 (for a box of 50), including free shipping.  You can buy them directly from Black Insomnia.   A little bit about Black Insomnia Coffee:

  • Their product range includes ground coffee, coffee beans, coffee drip bags, coffee pour over bags and coffee pods

  • Their coffee has been independently verified as The World's Strongest Coffee with 1105 mg of Caffeine per 12 fl. Oz cup, equating to more than four times the strength of Starbucks or other typical high street brands.

So, now you can enjoy your morning coffee knowing that it isn't going to end up in landfill! 


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