Coffee capsules are great: quick, convenient, and great quality coffee in a little pod.
Asia’s love of coffee is on the rise and coffee capsules offer a convenient solution when it comes to taste and convenience. Asia's coffee capsule market has been growing enormously over the past 10 years - faster than all other regions in the world - and will continue to grow the fastest until 2025. But the majority of coffee capsules are made from plastic and aluminium, taking over 500 years to decompose, presenting a huge environmental problem.
According to research by AMI Consulting, the entire Asia-Pacific coffee capsule market, which includes Hong Kong, is valued at an enormous $2.646bn! It is the market with the highest growth rate of 10.6% per year. That means it will be reaching $5.92bn in value by 2025! That is a lot of coffee capsules.
Japan accounted for the highest share of the Asia-Pacific coffee pod market, with a 22% share of the total market. However, China is expected to lead the market by 2025, since it is growing at a rate of 14.0% per year!
It is closely followed by Vietnam, which accounted for 14.1% of the Asian coffee capsule market last year. This is interesting because Vietnam has a very unique coffee culture, with it's own traditional recipes and preparation. We think that this presents some great opportunities to cater to local tastes through coffee capsules in the future!
All this can mean great news for the coffee industry in Asia as a whole, especially its burgeoning craft coffee scene. But it is bad news for the environment if we continue to use coffee capsules made from hydrocarbon plastics and aluminium.
So what can we do?
It definitely helps to pick up habits like recycling, reusing, and reducing our plastic waste. But despite efforts to encourage people to recycle coffee capsules, more than 70 per cent of them never actually get recycled, even if people know they can be.
We certainly don't want to deny people's little luxuries, like a great cup of coffee. So being more aware of what the products we buy are made from definitely helps. Once we find out where the ingredients are from and what materials are used, we can make more conscious decisions. This is what we try to help people do with our coffee capsules.
How Moving Beans is trying to help.
Our Nespresso compatible compostable coffee capsules are made materials derived from sugar cane and sugar beet plants. The fibres of these plants are processed using simple mechanical techniques to extract the plant cell walls to make a material called PLA. The PLA is then used in an efficient and scalable manufacturing process called injection moulding. No nasty chemical additives are used, of course!
The plants we use also grow quickly and are the byproducts of harvesting, so they're fully renewable.
Unlike ordinary plastic and aluminium coffee pods, they can be used and then thrown in your organic waste. We encourage you to use the bins provided and collected by your local council for composting.
Here at Moving Beans, we're always continually improving our coffee capsules for our customers too.
Through our ongoing R&D work, we're continuously working on developing new materials and manufacturing processes for our biodegradable and compostable coffee capsules. We focus on improving the eco credentials of our materials by finding novel renewable materials to make high-quality capsules, while also reducing our carbon footprint from our manufacturing and distribution. Sourcing renewable materials for our coffee capsules is especially important.
More about Moving Beans Hong Kong:
Moving Beans HK distributes compostable & biodegradable Nespresso-compatible coffee pods locally from the Kowloon district of Hong Kong.
Just like its sister companies in the UK, Australia and EU, Moving Beans HK sells a range of Nespresso-compatible capsules and only uses the world's finest specialty coffees. Browse the range coffee coffees we have available in Hong Kong, as well as many other parts of Asia, right here.