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So why do people even use coffee capsules?

I can only guess but it is my view that they either haven’t worked out the real costs, they have not considered the planet or, more likely, a bit of both.

We do apologise if we are being a little offensive but pollution is a major threat to the longevity of the world and each and every capsule, shopping bag or water-bottle is an added threat. This is how it works…you buy a capsule machine for say R 1000.

On the surface this is really cheap compared to the price of a decent bean-to-cup coffee machine which goes for say R 12000, yes 12 x more expensive!! This low price is quite clever because it creates the illusion that you are saving. But hey, lets do some maths. Forgetting for a moment that the pod machine doesn’t have a milk frother which you still have to buy if you want a cappuccino or similar, a typical reasonable or good quality pod costs you about R 8 versus he equivalent in good quality beans which costs you R 2 per cup. A saving of R 6 per cup. Now if you make say 4 brews per day, you will save R 24 per day or over R 17000 over only two years! If we factor in the net difference in machine prices of R 11000, you could buy a new bean to cup machine every eighteen months, get a free frother included and buy freshly roasted beans from your nearby roaster instead of a supermarket option.

If this is not yet sufficient reason to throw that pod machine away, consider the pollutants involved in every pod shell that you buy and then dispose of? Without sending you on a guilt trip, yes, if pods were cheaper and/or better, I’d say you should go for it but they are neither cheaper nor better so why? Recommended reading from the BBC on the pollutant power of coffee pods.

Coffee pods or coffee capsules are not only extremely expensive, but are also absolute pollutants which contribute to pollution throughout the world.

Stale supermarket coffee

Let me first say that it’s not all stale. The coffee on your supermarket shelf that has been roasted within the last few weeks or perhaps a month is not stale, it is fine. This said, how much of it is locally roasted? How long can coffee take to get from Italy, on a container, via ship, to Johannesburg? It is then sorted in various warehouses and shipped to your local supermarket by truck? If you’re really fortunate, the pack you pick might have been roasted within the last two months, if you’re unlucky, the last two years! So why take the chance? Coffee is a foodstuff and as such, the flavour and quality deteriorates. I don’t care about the packaging methods, some are better than others but none are 100% effective.

Rule 1: Buy from a local speciality roaster (off the shelf is fine if available).

Rule 2: “Local is lekker” for your own taste and quality benefit and that of your own local economy.

Rule 3: Don’t get fooled by expiry dates, coffee never really expires, it just fades away. I saw a pack of ground coffee in a local upmarket-supermarket which had an expiry day of 18 months from the current date!! Really? Ground coffee loses flavour extremely quickly. No matter how it is packed….18 months!! I didn’t believe what I saw but it was indeed real!