Retailer Hopes 'Coffee Balls' Will Replace Plastic Capsules

The coffee is encased in a flavorless, seaweed-based cover.

Coffee capsules in a Coffee B machine from Migros brand Cafe Royal, Zurich, Sept. 6, 2022.
Coffee capsules in a Coffee B machine from Migros brand Cafe Royal, Zurich, Sept. 6, 2022.
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BERLIN (AP) β€” Swiss retailer Migros said Tuesday that it is launching a coffeemaking system designed to replace capsules that produce thousands of tons of waste worldwide each year.

The cooperative said its spherical capsules β€” described as β€œcoffee balls” β€” are fully compostable, unlike the plastic and aluminum containers popularized by its rival Nestle under the brand Nespresso 36 years ago.

Migros said its coffee balls are encased in a thin, flavorless, seaweed-based cover that can be discarded with the spent coffee after use.

The company said the CoffeeB system, which also features a special coffeemaker, will be rolled out first in Switzerland and France this year, followed by Germany in 2023.

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