Nespresso, pioneer of portioned premium coffee, introduces new range of home-compostable paper-based coffee capsules

22 November 2022

For over 30 years,  Nespresso has been providing  consumers with unique coffee experiences in a sustainable way. Today, the company is reinforcing that promise by introducing a new range of home-compostable, paper-based capsules.After three years of research and development,  Nespresso has  developed home-compostable, paper-based capsules that offer the premium coffee the brand stands for - without compromising on the taste experience. Consumer demand for compostable packaging is increasing and around 45% of French people already compost one or more types of biowaste[1].

Guillaume Le Cunff, CEO at  Nespresso :  " In view of  Nespresso 's innovative spirit,  we have repeatedly redefined the possibilities of the coffee experience. Since becoming a certified B Corp™ business earlier this year, we're more committed than ever to expanding the sustainable offering for consumers. We are very excited to introduce our first paper-based, home-compostable capsule. This capsule joins our range of aluminum capsules which are recyclable and made with 80% recycled aluminium. With this we offer another sustainable solution – without compromising on quality. »

Several aspects of the capsule are the result of exclusive technology, including the lining of the capsule interior with biopolymer, which protects the coffee from oxidation.

Julia Lauricella, Head of Nestlé System Technology Center:  "With 40 years of experience in coffee systems, we have been able to work with the Nestlé Institute of Packaging Sciences to develop a paper-based capsule that can be composted at home and is compatible with existing  Nespresso ORIGINAL  machines. It also meets and exceeds the high expectations that consumers have of  Nespresso in terms of coffee aromas and taste  . We have combined a precision pulp molding process with a biodegradable protective layer against oxidation to protect our coffee during transport, storage and during high-pressure extraction in our machines.”

Nespresso 's coffee experts   have also created four new coffee blends, including an organic coffee, as part of the  Nespresso  AAA sustainable quality program, specially designed to work perfectly with the new home-compostable paper-based capsules.

Developed as an alternative for those who prefer to compost and have access to compost, this innovation extends the sustainable offering Nespresso already offers consumers with its aluminum capsules. Aluminum is almost infinitely recyclable and the capsules are made with 80% recycled aluminium. Today, Nespresso offers over 100,000 collection points for the recycling of aluminum capsules in 70 countries, giving convenient access to almost 90% of its customers.

The new home-compostable paper-based capsule has been certified by the international certification body TÜV Austria. In some countries, including France, where Nespresso is conducting this pilot project, these capsules can be disposed of in the public compost bin.

Huhtamaki, a global provider of sustainable packaging solutions, was a partner involved in the development of the new paper-based capsule.

Charles Héaulmé, CEO at Huhtamaki :  “We are delighted to be collaborating with  Nespresso  on the paper-based capsules that can be composted at home. Part of this groundbreaking innovation comes from combining wood pulp, a renewable natural material, which is pressed into a coffee capsule using our precision engineering to offer  Nespresso  fans another sustainable alternative.”

Nespresso  strives to educate consumers on how best to compost their capsules and will continue to advocate for the capsules to be included in the public biowaste management system in the future. In France, Nespresso has created the UAC (Union des Acteurs du Compostable), an advocacy group that brings together public bodies, companies, recycling companies and non-governmental organizations with the aim of jointly introducing solutions that help producers of bio-waste to improve sorting and raising consumer awareness of composting.

The new range will initially be launched as part of a pilot project in Switzerland and France for the  Nespresso ORIGINAL  machines. The offer will then be rolled out in several other European markets within a year.

About Nestlé Nespresso

Nestlé Nespresso SA is the pioneer and reference for highest-quality portioned coffee.  The company works with more than 140,000 farmers in 18 countries through its AAA Sustainable Quality™ Program to embed sustainability practices on farms and the surrounding landscapes.  Launched in 2003 in collaboration with the NGO Rainforest Alliance, the program helps to improve the yield and quality of harvests, ensuring a sustainable supply of high-quality coffee and improving livelihoods of farmers and their communities.

In 2022, Nespresso achieved B Corp™ certification - joining an international movement of 4,900 purpose-led businesses that meet B Corp's high standards of social and environmental responsibility and transparency.

Headquartered in Vevey, Switzerland, Nespresso operates in 81 countries and has over 13'000 employees. In 2021, it operated a global retail network of 802 boutiques. For more information, visit the Nespresso corporate website:


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