Of course, the main issue with the Ecolaboration program is that it requires Nespresso customers to actually collect their used capsules and bring them into a store, which unfortunately many people will be too lazy to do. For those who don’t want to trek it to a store, we did a little hunting to see if there were any options for home recycling of Nespresso capsules and found this nifty little device called the Outpresso, which separates the coffee grounds from the aluminum so that you can easily recycle it. Regarding the Ecolaboration program, our tip to Nespresso is why not give us an added incentive to bring in our capsules? Perhaps 10% off our next batch? It’s a smart way to sell more coffee too.
As for the taste of the coffee that comes out of the Pixie, we have to admit that joe made in our french press just can’t compare. Of course you can choose from Nespresso’s menu of different intensities, flavor notes and regions, which they call grand crus, but regardless of which one we tried (and we tried almost all of them), the richness, creaminess and quality of the product was superior to what we were able to replicate using other home brewing methods. And if you’re wondering about how Nespresso coffee is farmed, click here to find out more about their AAA sustainable quality program, which explains how the company pays premiums of around 30% to 40% above the standard market price for the highest quality coffee made using more sustainable farming practices. According to the site, the program “is about a long-term relationship and continued loyalty to the coffee farmers in the program. This approach enables Nespresso to safeguard the future supply of the highest quality coffee, while paying farmers a higher income and protecting the natural environment.” As of now, they are “on track to meet our goal of sourcing 80% of their coffee from the AAA Sustainable Quality Program by 2013 and they are already sourcing more than 60% of their coffee from roughly 40,000 farmers who are part of the program.”
So if you’re a coffee or espresso lover who also cares about the environment, the Pixie is a smart alternative to bulkier, more energy-intensive machines. We’re glad to see Nespresso working on expanding its sustainability initiatives, but it’s also important to stress that ultimately, the greenness of the Pixie is really up to the end user – you. By shutting the machine off after every use and doing your part to recycle your used capsules, you can take its earth-friendliness much further than just its recycled side panels.
The Pixie is priced at $179-$229 and comes in Electric Indigo, Electric Red, Electric Titan, Electric Lime, Electric Aluminum and Electric Steelblue as well as Brown and Carmine, which feature recycled aluminum side panels made from Nespresso pods.