October 27, 2023

Can you use wholesale coffee pods more than once?

Around the world, more consumers than ever use Nespresso and Keurig brewers to make their coffee at home. In addition to homes, these machines are perfect for many foodservice and hospitality businesses – which means wholesale coffee pods and capsules are a popular option.

However, many businesses understandably have questions about the waste that wholesale coffee pods and capsules generate. They rightfully ask: do espresso capsules have to be single-serve? Or can you reuse Nespresso original line-compatible capsules after brewing?

The answer is simple: No. Sorry. You can only use wholesale coffee pods and capsules once. Read on to learn why.

Wholesale coffee capsules in a hand.

What’s the difference between wholesale coffee pods and capsules?

Before we talk about reusing coffee pods and capsules, it’s important to understand that they aren’t the same. People often use the terms interchangeably, but they differ in several ways. 

The machine that brews each product is the first difference. We usually associate coffee pods with Keurig and K-Cup machines, while manufacturers designc offee capsules for Nespresso systems. 

This means that coffee pods can’t brew espresso – they’re much closer to drip coffee. Some manufacturers even premix K-Cup pods with extra ingredients like sweeteners, creamers and flavorings.

On the other hand, coffee capsules brew espresso-style coffee with a pronounced layer of crema – perfect on its own or as the base of a cappuccino or a latte.

Some other differences include:

  • Design: Pods and capsules are manufactured in different shapes to fit their respective brewers.
  • Dose: Capsules contain between 5g and 7g of coffee, while pods contain two to three times as much.
  • Materials: Pods often have self-enclosed paper filters and are made from plastic or metal. Capsules are made from aluminum, plastic, or plant-based materials with a foil, plastic or plant based lid.
  • Brewing: Nespresso original line machines pierce one end of the capsule and force pressurized, heated water through, breaking the seal as the coffee extracts. Conversely, Keurig coffee pod brewers puncture the pod with a needle and fill it with hot water which drips through the coffee into your cup.

    At Metropolis, we manufacture espresso capsules that are compatible with Nespresso original line brewers. We offer these as wholesale capsules, as well as private label and co-packing options.

    Brewing wholesale coffee pods.

    Can you reuse wholesale coffee pods and capsules?

    No. All manufactured wholesale coffee pods and capsules are single-use only.

    There are several reasons for this, but the main factor is that there simply isn’t any coffee left to extract if you try to brew your capsule again. When you brew a cup of coffee, you extract the majority of the soluble flavor and aroma compounds. Trying to brew it again will yield a weak, flavorless beverage.

    The shell and seal design also makes this an issue. Once the machine ruptures a capsule or pod, it won’t function properly in the machine again.

    What if you want to reduce your single-use waste? 

    For businesses that are concerned about ecological sustainability and waste, there are more environmentally responsible alternatives: compostable coffee capsules.

    For example, Metropolis espresso capsules are commercially compostable, meaning you can dispose of them at commercial composting facilities across the US.

    These facilities generate the perfect conditions to turn plant-based sustainable capsules into usable compost, which farmers can use to fertilize and condition soil. Our espresso capsules are also BPI and CMA-certified, meaning they meet the highest standards for commercial composting in the US.

    Metropolis Coffee wholesale coffee pods and packaging.

    Metropolis Coffee wholesale espresso capsules

    At Metropolis, we offer commercially compostable espresso capsules that are compatible with Nespresso original line brewers. You can dispose of our plant-based sustainable capsuleseasily at any commercial composting facility across the US.

    We offer our own blends at low MOQ in our packaging or yours:

    However, in addition to our own blend we also offer co-packing and private label services. For private-label espresso capsules, we work with customers to design a signature blend suited to their specific requirements. We then grind, fill, flush, and seal the capsules using our state-of-the-art Italian filling machine, before packing in your packaging with any relevant certifications like organic, Fair Trade and more.

    With co-packing, meanwhile, you provide the coffee and we handle the rest – grinding, filling, and sealing. We ship the packaged capsules to you, complete with your branding.

    Interested in learning more? Check out our wholesale co-packing and private-label espresso capsule solutions today.

    Certified compostable facilities may not exist in your area. To find a composter near you, visit www.findacomposter.com or www.compostnow.org on all packaging and marketing materials.

    Metropolis espresso capsules are made under license from Smile Beverage Werks, P.B.C.

    Metropolis Coffee is not affiliated with, endorsed, or sponsored by Nespresso. Nespresso is a registered trademark of Société des Produits Nestlé.

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