Swiss retailer rolls out ‘coffee balls’ to replace capsules

Tuesday, Swiss retailer Migros announced the launch of a coffeemaking system designed to replace capsules, which generate thousands of tons of waste annually.

The cooperative stated that its spherical capsules, also known as “coffee balls,” are fully compostable, unlike the plastic and aluminum containers popularized 36 years ago by its competitor Nestle under the Nespresso brand.

Migros claims that its coffee balls are encased in a thin, flavorless seaweed-based coating that can be discarded along with the used coffee.

The CoffeeB system, which includes a special coffeemaker, will be rolled out in Switzerland and France this year, followed by Germany in 2023, according to the company.

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