How can I keep using or recycle a Nespresso coffee machine?

evil-coffee-podsWe’ve had an email from Roger:

Work as getting rid of a coffee machine it got free from a nescafe rep, and i thought of instead of letting it go to the bin i would rescue it and give it a home. I got it home and realised that it requires these expensive disposable coffee pods to work (the reason work got rid) so I am asking if any of the bloggers/readers of this page own one of these machines and if they have discovered methods of refilling these with filter coffee. Or if no one can help me with this nice ideas on how to reuse them, they are unfortunately made of many materials and hard to recycle. i don’t want to be tied to the evil nescafe brand so any hints or tips would be immense.

I don’t think I can put into words how much those machines annoy me – all the excessive packaging just to force you to keep buying their product. Seriously grrrr! Grrrrr! The one my last place of work had was even worse than the pod things (which seem to be aluminium) – it was a plastic bag thing with a plastic nozzle for attaching to the machine: two minutes of convenience versus an eternity in landfill, smashing, just smashing.

Anyway, there seem to be some reuse hacks out there for the pods but some people complain that the coffee isn’t quite as good and/or it might break the machine. If the machine is going to get ditched anyway, I suspect it’s worth a shot.

Any other suggestions?

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4 Responses to “How can I keep using or recycle a Nespresso coffee machine?”

  1. Rhiannon says:

    We have one at work and I use it just to get hot water for hot chocolate instead of using the microwave. Similarly I know some co-workers use it for tea.

  2. Olga says:

    Can as well use it to make herbal tea.

  3. Bobbie says:

    We have a Keurig coffee maker that uses the “k-cups”. We can’t afford the cups but we can afford to use the “Perfect Pod Maker” with pod converter and make our own pods. It gets our cost down from around .50 cents to .20 cents. Since my hubby and I like our coffee made differently it suits us (except for cost) Just google Perfect Pod Maker.

    Some smart cookie could probably figure out how to refill the k-cups

  4. Amy says:

    Yes, I agree with Bobbie about the Keurig “Perfect Pod Makers.” I don’t know if something like this works for the Nespresso machine, but it would be a great way to cut down on waste. I haven’t personally used one, but I’ve heard that they work just fine.

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