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Nespresso has partnered with Swedish cycling start-up Vélosophy to create 1,000 bicycles in the same shade as their popular 'Arpeggio' coffee pods

After two years in development, RE:CYCLE, a stylish urban bicycle made from discarded Nespresso pods, is ready to roll. And it only takes 300 espressos to make one.

Developed by Swedish start-up Vélosophy in collaboration with Nespresso, the limited edition model retails for €1,290 ($1,446). It showcases the creative possibilities for the afterlife for the billions of single-use coffee pods discarded around the world every year.

What is otherwise looked at as waste is given new life as a bike. It’s a beautiful way to sustain our earth’s resources and just one of the ways to put life in motion. The result is called RE:CYCLE – a ride that’s a perfect marriage of sustainability and design. An instant icon of circular economy design. Recycling upcycled.

RE:CYCLE’s got all the finishing touches you’d expect from a bicycle – and then some surprise additions made by Vélosophy. The striking purple frame is inspired by arpeggio, one of the favourite Nespresso coffees, while the bell is modelled on the iconic shape of the capsule.

Jean-Marc Duvoisin, CEO of Nespresso, said that through their collaboration with Vélosophy, they are illustrating to coffee lovers the potential of recycling their coffee capsules.

We have teamed up with TerraCycle to enable a premium solution to recycling, ensuring a responsible option for a second life for used capsules.  TerraCycle is a multi-award winning company that provides a zero-waste solution for all recyclable coffee pods. All packaging, capsules and lids can be fully recycled.

As well as our efforts to reduce our company’s footprint on the planet, we also aim to give back to the community. We value the opportunity to help others as an active brand member of i=Change and we contribute directly through our store by donating $1 from every sale to life-changing projects.

We are also proud to be a participant in the climate initiative - “CO2 neutral websites”. This means the carbon emissions from both the website and the users of the website have been neutralized by the building of new renewable energy sources, various CO2 reducing projects and by the purchase of certified CO2 offsets.

 

Originally published by Espressorium/Espressorium is now known as EcoCaffe

Why Descale?

Descaling your Nespresso machine is necessary from time to time to remove hard water deposits and impurities. We recommend coffee machine descaling at least once a year

Descaling can be done in six easy steps and should take about 20 minutes.

Follow these steps:

Prepare your machine

  • Turn on your machine
  • Eject any capsule, empty the capsule container and the drip tray
  • Put in 1 liter of warm fresh water (4 cups) in the water container.
  • Mix in a sachet of descaling solution.
  • Place a container than can hold up to one liter of water under the coffee outlet.

Descale Mode

  • Pixie, Essenza, Citiz and Inissia – simultaneously press on two buttons for three seconds until the lights will start to flash quickly; this indicates the machine is in descale mode
  • U – simultaneously press all three buttons for three seconds.until the lights will start to flash quickly; this indicates the machine is in descale mode
  • Lattisima – put in the descaling nozzle, press the cappuccino button.

Descaling your machine

  • Press the Lungo button and wait until the flow has finished
  • Fill the water tank with the used solution
  • Press the Lungo button and let all the descaling solution flow through the machine again

Rinse

  • Empty and rinse out the water container.
  • Refill it with fresh water.
  • Press the Lungo button to empty the container of its content.
  • Empty and rinse out the drip tray.

Exit the Descaling Mode

  • Pixie, Essenza, Citiz and Inissia – press the two buttons simultaneously for three seconds. The lights will flash for 25 seconds during the preheating mode.
  • U – press and hold three buttons simultaneously for three seconds.
  • Latissima – take out the descaling nozzle.

Your machine is now ready!

Note: Be sure to use caution on countertops as this acid formula can have a similar effect as that of lemon juice.

For more detail, please watch the following demo videos from Nespresso:

 

Originally posted by Espressorium/Espressorium is now known as EcoCaffe

The first irrefutable proof that caffeine enhances memory and can enhance memory as long as 24 hours after consumption was published in the Jan. 12, 2014, edition of the journal Nature Neuroscience by a team of scientists led by Michael Yassa, assistant professor of psychological and brain sciences in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences at Johns Hopkins University.

The research is considered exclusive proof that caffeine improves long-term memory because all participants in the study received a 200 milligram pill of caffeine after they had seen a series of photographs. This change in experimental design eliminated the potential that the memory effect was due to increased effect on vigilance, focus, and attention that can be produced by caffeine.

The test participants were selected from people who did not regularly use any kind of caffeinated beverage. The test subjects were divided into two groups. Each individual watched the same series of photographs. One group received a 200 milligram pill of caffeine five minutes after seeing the photographs and the other group received a placebo. Caffeine levels were measured in each participant at one, three, and 24 hour intervals after taking the caffeine.

Both groups of participants watched a second set of photographs that had a few different photos and some very similar photos compared to the set of photographs that the participants viewed 24 hours earlier.

More members of the group that took the caffeine could distinguish the added photos and the similar photos. This behavior implies the involvement of a higher level of memory called pattern separation. The memory enhancement lasts as long as 24 hours after consuming caffeine.

All memory involves the hippocampus. The exact mechanism that caffeine has on memory retention has not yet been elucidated.

The researchers indicate that the fact that 200 milligrams of caffeine has been proven to enhance memory should not be taken as a license to consume extreme amounts of caffeine.

 

Originally posted by Espressorium/Espressorium is now known as EcoCaffe

Breaking down the ingredient ratios of 23 exquisite espresso-based drinks, this chart is a world tour of the purest form of coffee, from the straight-up varieties like the Doppio and Lungo to frothy drinks like the Cappuccino and Latte to less celebrated (yet no less delicious) concoctions such as the Galao and the Cafe Bombon.

  1. Espresso
  2. Espresso Doppio
  3. Ristretto
  4. Lungo
  5. Cafe Macchiato
  6. Cafe Creme
  7. Cafe Noisette
  8. Cafe Cortado
  9. Cappuccino
  10. Dry Cappuccino
  11. Cafe Americano
  12. Cafe Con Mielo
  13. Breve
  14. Mocha Breve
  15. Mocha
  16. Caffe Affogato
  17. Viennois
  18. Con Panna
  19. Flat White
  20. Black Eye
  21. Caffe Latte
  22. Caffe Au Lait
  23. Cafe Con Leche

 

Originally posted by Espressorium/Espressorium is now known as EcoCaffe

We are proud to introduce our new Dingo Republic range - the Ethical Series. This brand-new range of coffee is certain to satisfy both connoisseurs and the environmentally-conscious alike!

All capsules in the Ethical Series are plant-based and certified 100% compostable and biodegradable. That's right! No aluminium, petroleum-based plastics or other nasty stuff. Each capsule is packed to the brim with rich, fresh, aromatic, and 100% organic coffee that has been carefully selected for your enjoyment.

Keep an eye on your inbox for the official release date.

We're incredibly proud and excited to launch this new range, and we can't wait for you to try it!

Yours Sincerely,
Michele and the Espressorium Coffee team

Originally posted by Espressorium/Espressorium is now known as EcoCaffe

We are proud to introduce our new Dingo Republic range - the Ethical Series. This brand-new range of coffee is certain to satisfy both connoisseurs and the environmentally-conscious alike!

All capsules in the Ethical Series are plant-based and certified 100% compostable and biodegradable. That's right! No aluminium, petroleum-based plastics or other nasty stuff. Each capsule is packed to the brim with rich, fresh, aromatic, and 100% organic coffee that has been carefully selected for your enjoyment, freshly roasted and ground in Australia 🙂

We're incredibly proud and excited to launch this new range, and we can't wait for you to try it!

Yours Sincerely,

Peter Laube
CEO, Eco Caffè

Our Decaf will not only satisfy your taste buds, but you can also rest assured knowing that what you are putting into your body is free of any chemicals! From the mountains of Mexico comes our ‘Mountain Water Washed’ Organic Decaf Coffee. Not only is it decaffeinated but it is also 100% certified Organic.

Our Mexico Organic Decaf uses a premium decaffeinated coffee bean and is one of the rare decafs that only applies the mountain washing process which uses only pure water mountain to separate the caffeine from the beans. The process is difficult and tedious, the production staff must be incredibly fastidious about how they handle the beans, the water that they use - making sure it isn’t contaminated with other chemicals - and the length of time to retain the full flavours of the Mexican mountain beans whilst achieving the highest extraction of caffeine (99.9%)

Review: The best decaf
"I have struggled to find decent decaf coffee pods for my Nespresso machine until now.....Espressorium decaf is the best by far."
John, Mount Waverley

The coffee is expertly roasted and packaged in Sydney, Australia from premium imported coffee in 100% Nespresso® compatible hermetically sealed and 100% recyclable capsules.

Have you tried Decaff before? Did you know that consumption of decaffeinated coffee appears to be as beneficial as caffeine-containing coffee with regard to all-cause mortality, according to a large prospective cohort study?

 

Originally posted by Espressorium/Espressorium is now known as EcoCaffe

So we've talked about the best organic, fair-trade, vegan to go with your coffee but now we have something even better...

Not only is this recipe more delicious than any you could find in store, it is most likely quicker to make than the purchase and best of all CHEAPER (in the long run)!

Oh and did we mention this chocolate is cane sugar free (can be entirely sugar free based on your specific ingredients).

The flavour I went for was coconut and nut but I will include some variations at the bottom if you want to add or subtract an ingredient.

Here's what you'll need...

3 HEAPED tblsp Cacao Powder (or cocoa powder if that is what you have. Find benefits...)

3 tblsp Coconut Butter (soft)

1-2 tblsp Coconut oil (soft)

3 tblsp Nut Butter (I used 2 tbls of cacao spread by Mayvers and 1 tblsp Coco2 cacao, hazelnut and coconut by Pure Harvest.)

1 cup coconut shreds

1 cup nuts (I used almonds)

Pinch of Salt (use sea salt or pink Himalayan)

Method

Soften Coconut Butter and Coconut Oil by heating then in a microwave or thaw in the sun or bolting water. (I try to thaw in order to ensure the substances are soft but not liquid).

Chop nuts into small pieces.

Combine all ingredients in a bowl until smooth and even.

Spread evenly in a long container or tray on a baking sheet.

Leave in freezer to set for 1-2hrs.

Break into small choc pieces and enjoy.

Best stored in freezer.

Alternatives and add ons

Cacao Butter- cacao butter is often expensive but if you have it you can substitute it for coconut butter or in conjunction.

Nut butter options- Use whatever you have, try to ensure the ingredients are all natural and do not contain processed sugars or additives. Some good options could be Mayvers  almond butter, peanut butter or another combination of theirs.

Nut options- Use your favourite nuts. Some good options would be walnuts, pecans, hazelnuts or macadamia ( you could even use seeds such as sunflower or pepita for a healthier crunch.)

Dried Fruit- Think cranberries, goji berries (I used these in half my batch and they were delicious. Find benefits here.) or any other sugar and preservative free dried fruit you have.

Protein Powder- if you want to make these choc bites into more of a snack or feel like you need to add more protein into your diet feel free to add your favourite flavour of vegan protein. Be aware you may need to play with the consistency and liquidity of the ingredients to ensure the powder gets soaked in.

Cinnamon- I didn't add this incredible ingredient list as I forgot to add it to my recipe but I definitely think it will work! Just a pinch can do wonders for your health. Find out its benefits...

As you can tell you can really play around with this recipe. I just wanted to prove that you can make healthy vegan chocolate that tastes amazing in your own kitchen with ingredients you probably already have.

Disclaimer- definitely don't take this recipe with a grain of salt test it, tweak it and mould it into your ideal flavour and consistency.

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Sometimes I feel as though coffee gets a bad wrap but honestly there are so many incredible benefits. We wanted to reassure you of some real facts that will make any coffee regret vanish.

1. Coffee Can Improve Energy Levels and Make You Smarter

Coffee can help people feel less tired and increase energy levels (12).

This is due to it containing the well known stimulant, caffeine, the most commonly consumed psychoactive substance in the world (3).

Caffeine is absorbed into the bloodstream and then travels into the brain (4).

Many controlled trials in humans show that coffee improves various aspects of brain function. This includes memory, mood, vigilance, energy levels, reaction times and general cognitive function (567).

2. Coffee Aids Fat Burning

Caffeine is one of the very few natural substances that have actually been proven to aid fat burning.

Several studies show that caffeine can boost the metabolic rate by 3-11% (89).

Other studies show that caffeine can specifically increase the burning of fat, by as much as 10% in obese individuals and 29% in lean people (10).

Caffeine stimulates the nervous system, causing it to send signals to the fat cells to break down body fat (1112)

However, it is possible that these effects will diminish in long-term coffee drinkers.

3. Caffeine Improves Physical Performance

Caffeine increases Epinephrine (Adrenaline) levels in the blood (1314).

This is the "fight or flight" hormone, designed to make our bodies ready for intense physical exertion.

Caffeine makes the fat cells break down body fat, releasing them into the blood as free fatty acids and making them available as fuel (1516).

Given these effects, it is not surprising to see that caffeine can improve physical performance by 11-12%, on average (1718).

So I strongly advise a strong cup of Ethical Coffee 30 minutes before heading to the Gym.

4. There Are Essential Nutrients in Coffee

A single cup of coffee contains (19):

  • Riboflavin (Vitamin B2): 11% of the RDA.
  • Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5): 6% of the RDA.
  • Manganese and Potassium: 3% of the RDA.
  • Magnesium and Niacin (B3): 2% of the RDA.

Although this may not seem like a big deal, most people are drinking more than one cup per day. If you drink 3-4, then these amounts quickly add up.

5. Coffee May Lower Your Risk of Type II Diabetes

Type 2 diabetes current affects about 300 million people worldwide.

It is characterized by elevated blood sugars in the context of insulin resistance or an inability to secrete insulin.

For some reason, coffee drinkers have a significantly reduced risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

The studies show that people who drink the most coffee have a 23-50% lower risk of getting this disease, one study showing a reduction as high as 67% (2021222324).

According to a massive review that looked at data from 18 studies with a total of 457,922 individuals, each daily cup of coffee was associated with a 7% reduced risk of developing type 2 diabetes (25).

6. Coffee May Protect You From Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia

Alzheimer's disease is the most common neurodegenerative disease and the leading cause of dementia worldwide.

This disease usually affects people over 65 years of age. Unfortunately, there is no known cure for Alzheimer's.

However, there are several things you can do to prevent the disease from showing up in the first place.

This includes the usual suspects like eating healthy and exercising, but drinking coffee may be incredibly effective as well.

Several studies show that coffee drinkers have up to a 65% lower risk of getting Alzheimer's disease (2526).

7. Caffeine May Lower The Risk of Parkinson's

Parkinson's disease is the second most common neurodegenerative disease, right after Alzheimer's.

It is caused by death of dopamine-generating neurons in the brain.

Same as with Alzheimer's, there is no known cure, making it important focus on prevention.

In studies, coffee drinkers have a much lower risk of developing Parkinson's disease, with a reduction in risk ranging from 32-60% (27282930).

In this case, it appears to be the caffeine itself that is causing the effect. People who drink decaf don't have a lower risk of Parkinson's (31).

8. Coffee Appears to Have Protective Effects on The Liver

The liver is an amazing organ that carries out hundreds of important functions in the body.

Several common diseases primarily affect the liver, including hepatitis, fatty liver disease and others.

Many of these diseases can lead to a condition called cirrhosis, in which the liver has been largely replaced by scar tissue.

It turns out that coffee may protect against cirrhosis. People who drink 4 or more cups per day have up to an 80% lower risk (323334).

9. Coffee Can Fight Depression and Make You Happier

Depression is a serious mental disorder that causes a significantly reduced quality of life.

In a Harvard study published in 2011, women who drank 4 or more cups per day had a 20% lower risk of becoming depressed (35).

Another study with 208,424 individuals found that those who drank 4 or more cups per day were 53% less likely to commit suicide (36).

10. Coffee Drinkers Have a Lower Risk of Some Types of Cancer

Cancer is one of the world's leading causes of death and is characterised by uncontrolled growth of cells in the body.

Coffee appears to be protective against two types of cancer... liver cancer and colorectal cancer.

Liver cancer is the third leading cause of cancer death in the world, while colorectal cancer ranks fourth (37).

Studies show that coffee drinkers have up to a 40% lower risk of liver cancer (3839).

One study of 489,706 individuals found that those who drank 4-5 cups of coffee per day had a 15% lower risk of colorectal cancer (40).

11. Coffee is The Highest Sources of Antioxidants in The Western Diet

For people who eat a standard Western diet, coffee may actually be the healthiest aspect of the diet.

That's because coffee contains a massive amount of antioxidants.

In fact, studies show that most people get more antioxidants from coffee than both fruits and vegetables... combined (414243).

The human body naturally produces free radicals and the antioxidants to counteract their damaging effects.  (44).

12. Coffee May Lower The Risk of Stroke and Increase Heart Health

Researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) and Harvard School of Public Health, concluded that drinking coffee in moderation protects against heart failure. They defined 'in moderation' as 2 European cups (equivalent to two 8-ounce American servings) per day (45).

People who drank four European cups on a daily basis had an 11% lower risk of heart failure, compared to those who did not (46).

There is some evidence that women who drink coffee have a reduced risk of heart disease (47).

Some studies also show that coffee drinkers have a 20% lower risk of stroke (4849).

So coffee isn't as unhealthy as many people speculate. In fact it is really quite healthy.

*Disclaimer: Clearly many of these studies has limitations that must be considered and all evidence must be taken with a grain of salt as many of these claims are extremely hard to prove beyond any doubt.

We hope you enjoyed finding out about these health benefits. If you did please be sure to follow us on Instagram and Facebook for daily coffee information and eco hacks and be sure to check out the EcoCaffe range.

When thinking of a typical breakfast most of us will imagine smoothies and coffee. Sometimes we don't have time or the stomach to consume all that liquid... To combat this we combined the two into this deliciously sweet yet healthy Wake Me Up Smoothie.

Wake Me Up Chocolate Hazelnut Coffee Smoothie

Ingredients

1 (or 2) shots of certified organic, eco-friendly, Ethical Coffee
1 Whole Banana
1 tbsp Tropeaka Boost Powder
1 tbsp Cacao Powder
1 tsp Pure Harvest Coco2 Cocoa Hazelnut Spread
A hand full of Hazelnuts
A pinch of Cinnamon
A Sprinkle of Coconut shreds
and plant based milk of choice (to desired consistency)

(Check out our Superfood Chia Pudding Recipe to find out the benefits of these ingredients for your health!)

Method

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until liquified.

It is as easy as that!

Tips:

If you need to take your smoothie on the go KeepCups are perfect for on the go and are sure to keep the smoothie cool.

If you are using a straw, make sure it is glass or stainless steel. One-use plastic straws are a huge waste this planet does not need!

We hope you like this recipe and found it insightful. If you did check out our Instagram and Facebook for daily coffee goodness and be sure to check out the EcoCaffe range.!!!

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