Cutting out waste
Boughton’s Coffee House has been reporting the recyclability of coffee capsules for several years now, and we think Nespresso’s new collaboration with Victorinox is a unique way to recycle capsules. The limited edition Pioneer Livanto Swiss Army knife is produced using 24 melted-down capsules to create its handle.
Nespresso has been criticised for creating a huge environmental disaster, with billions of capsules ending up in landfill each year. To its credit, the brand has responded by partnering with both collection and recycling companies, and approached the maker of the famous multi-tool knife last year. The sample product used 24 melted-down capsules for its handle, and became sufficiently popular to go into production. It costs £49 and is available online at www.victorinox.com
A fascinating scare story from America’s NBC suggests that it is unhealthy to drink tea or coffee on a plane. The channel’s Business Insider programme reports that flight attendants will never drink hot water, plain coffee or plain tea while in the air. The reason, said the channel, is that the water for inflight tea and coffee comes from a tap, not from a bottle, and in a sample of water from 158 planes, 13 per cent contained unwanted bacteria, two had E.coli in their water, and one in every eight planes fails the American environmental protection agency’s standards for water safety. There are regulations covering water-testing by airlines, but an airline staff association says they are neither followed nor enforced… which is why the cabin attendants don’t drink their own coffee.
The secret to Tim Hortons’ successful opening in Glasgow
The reason the giant Canadian coffee chain Tim Hortons chose Glasgow for its first European cafe is that the chain’s chairman comes from the city. But with this being the first European opening in the company’s 150th anniversary year, what will make it stand out among the Scottish coffee scene? One patron has given a unique opinion on the matter.
When the Glasgow store opened at the beginning of June, it offered a prize to the first customer through the door – one chap camped outside for 15 hours, and won a year’s worth of free coffee. Coffee trade marketeers might not be entirely impressed with that customer’s assessment of why Horton’s could do well in Scotland, which may be thought accurate if a little damning: “they will do really well in Glasgow because the type of food that they sell is really popular here. Everyone knows how well Krispy Kreme has done, which shows that people really like the whole junk food and coffee dynamic.”