Over the last ten years, coffee pod machines have enjoyed a stratospheric rise in popularity. In 2008, sales of them in the US alone stood at 1.8 million machines; fast forward ten years and that figure is now 20.7 million. And it’s not just across the pond where they’ve become hugely popular. In the UK, 30% of Britons owned one in 2016 and that figure can only have risen in the intervening three years.
While they are praised for their convenience and quality, critics have long bemoaned the environmental shortcomings of these machines. Specifically, it’s the generation of single-use coffee pods, which are seldom recycled due to their composition and the difficult process it takes to handle them, which has caused the most consternation.