CoffeeB’s single-serve coffee machine brews without capsules

Keurig’s single-serve coffee makers and single-serve K-Cup pods have revolutionized coffee drinking at home (and at work), making the idea of ​​brewing a single cup of joe ubiquitous. But while Keurigs have always been praised for their convenience, they’ve also been criticized for being wasteful. It wasn’t until the end of 2020 that all K-Cups finally became 100% recyclable, and even then several steps are required for the consumer to properly dispose of beverage-making pods.

Now, a new Swiss company is looking to solve the inherent waste problem of single-serve coffee makers with a new system that does away with pods altogether. It’s called CoffeeB – a company in European supermarket chain Migros – and instead of plastic or aluminum pods, the brand uses pressed coffee balls.

The balls are produced by pressing finely ground coffee into a sphere, then coating it with a protective layer made from 100% vegetable raw materials, locking in its freshness and aroma. The resulting product is 100% compostable, with no packaging waste to worry about.


To brew one of these coffee balls, you can’t just throw them in your Keurig — you’ll need CoffeeB’s Globe coffee maker. The machine’s patented brewing system works by first wetting the ball to soften it, then puncturing and swelling it with water before finally extracting the coffee at 7-12 bar pressure. The coffee used by CoffeeB, it is worth mentioning, is also sustainable, with all current offerings carrying Rainforest Alliance certification, the Fairtrade label or the EU organic label.

According to CoffeeB, 70% of coffee capsules and pods are thrown away, which represents more than 100,000 tons of waste produced each year. With zero aluminum or plastic reaching consumers in their coffee balls – they are packaged in recyclable cardboard – CoffeeB hopes their product will lead to a zero-waste lifestyle.

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The CoffeeB Globe machine is priced at CHF149 (~$155), with coffee balls starting at around five dollars for a pack of nine. At the moment, CoffeeB’s products are limited to Switzerland and France only, but hopefully the brand will soon bring its sustainable means to the rest of the world.


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