Coffee capsules: Composition

What does ‘’Plant-Based Compostable Capsules’’ actually mean?

“Plant-based“ means that our coffee capsules are made from the by-product of the sugar industry, namely sugar cane and sugar beets. Importantly, they are NOT a PRIMARY FOOD SOURCE, like some other similar products made from other beets or corn.

They are “compostable“, meaning that the capsules will decompose naturally within 12 weeks at a consistent temperature that remains above 60C (such as a home-composting system).

What are the capsules made of?

The capsule material is 100% non-plastic (not from fossil fuels), 100% non-aluminium (non metallic), 100% non-toxic emissions in their production. So, 100% sustainable!. Specifically, our coffee capsules are made from the waste production of the sugar industry, specifically sugar cane and sugar beets.

What is the packaging (box) made of?

We use paper for our capsule boxes also from sustainable sources – specifically PEFC Certified paper. This is one of the two main sustainably sourced certifications in Europe with the goal of protecting and promoting sustainable forest management around the globe. This feels good to us!

Coffee capsules: Compatibility

Are your capsules compatible with my Nespresso™ coffee machine?

Yes, all of our plant-based compostable capsules are fully compatible with the original line Nespresso™ machines for the home. However, they cannot be used in built-in machines like Miele, Gaggia, Saeco and Siemens, nor in machines with a capsule holder. They are not suitable for the Vertuo system either.

*Disclaimer: All Jones Brothers Coffee Capsules are compatible with the original line Nespresso™ capsule machines. But in no way is Jones Brothers Coffee affiliated to or licensed by Nespresso™. Nespresso™ is owned by Société de produits de Nestlé SA.

Coffee capsules: Quality

Will the quality or freshness of the coffee be affected by the new capsules and packaging?

Simply put - No. From the minute our coffee beans are roasted, to when it is ground and packed into our capsules, it hardly comes into contact with oxygen, the so-called “coffee-killer”. Our coffee beans are roasted and packed in an oxygen-free environment. Then at the capsule-filling plant, we use a system called ‘nitrogen flushing’ to make sure that no oxygen can get close to our beloved coffee after it’s ground. After the coffee is packed inside the capsules, it is protected from oxygen by what we call our “Stay Fresh Technology”, a complete barrier to oxygen.

All of this effort is to ensure that the final coffee in your cup is as fresh and delicious as it can possibly be.

What exactly is ‘’Stay Fresh Technology’’?

This is a technology in the material of the capsule that keeps the coffee inside the capsule fresher by creating a complete barrier to oxygen entering the capsule after it is sealed. Oxygen ‘kills’ coffee so we need to ‘protect’ our precious ground coffee. Fresh coffee just tastes better, right!

Coffee capsules: Disposal

How should I dispose of your compostable coffee capsules?

Our capsules can be disposed of in a ‘’home composting’’ system or by putting them in the organic or ‘Bio’ green waste bin, from where they are sent to an industrial composting facility. Keep in mind that composting at home comes with its difficulties. Finding the sweet spot where the microbes in your home compost pile can flourish can be quite tricky. The professionals at an industrial composting facility can do this with ease and, in their hands, it will take around 12 weeks for the caps to decompose.

What will happen with the waste in the industrial composting facility?

As the capsule enters the industrial composting cycle, the capsule is broken down into CO2, water and biomass/compost, which is then used to fertilise plants. In that sense, the lifecycle of one of our coffee capsules is circular: it starts life in a field, and ends in one too!

Can I dispose of the capsules in my own garden?

No. These capsules should not be thrown into nature. Remember, the temperature necessary for the capsules to decompose naturally should be above 60C for a minimum of 12 weeks. So, normally, we do not achieve the minimum temperatures necessary for natural decomposition. Not in Europe for sure!

How long does it take for the capsules to degrade?

It will take up to 12 weeks for the capsules to degrade in an industrial composting facility and in the home-composting system.

Coffee capsules: The Green Ring & Sustainability

What is the Green Ring?

The ‘Green Ring’ describes the circular process of production, use and disposal of our compostable plant-based capsules. The process itself starts when suppliers grow the sugar plants that are used to form the base material of the CAPSULE (Poly Lactic Acid - PLA). The sugar is collected and converted into PLA. This works through a process called microbial fermentation. The PLA is made into pellets, and is then ready to be moulded into a coffee capsule. The capsules are then filled with one of our Organic and Fairtrade coffee blends and packaged in sustainably sourced PEFC certified boxes. After you’re finished with the capsule, throw it in the organic “Green” waste bin and it enters into the industrial composting cycle. The capsule is then broken down into CO2, water and biomass/compost, which is used to fertilise plants. Wasted ground coffee is also great for the soil! In that sense, the lifecycle of one of our coffee capsules is circular: it starts life in a field, and ends in one too!

Why should I switch to plant-based compostable capsules?
  1. Our capsules are made from plants and are suitable for disposing of in the Green Bin and for home composting in a min. 60C temperature.
  2. All of our coffees are fully certified and sustainable.
  3. We use 70% less packaging than before, which is better for the environment and better for everyone.

We believe that everyone should contribute to preserving our planet. These compostable capsules are a start.


What does UTZ stand for and why do you like it?

UTZ is good because it promotes better farm management that in turn gives more efficient production and better sustainability. It also audits the Roastery to ensure good production management and tracability of the product all the way from crop to cup. We like it because we think it is fair and it focusses on improving quality, not just about manipulating the market price like other better known certifications. Read more about UTZ here.

What if I don’t like your coffee?

Well, after we have stopped crying, we will gladly either exchange what you bought for another variety, just tell us why you didn’t like it, or we’ll send you a refund, no questions asked.

I believe in better tasting coffee, so how can I help Jones Brothers Coffee succeed?!

First, tell your friends, then like or share us on Facebook, or send your best buddies a bag of coffee as a gift! Go order beans or capsules.

Where can I learn more about the world of coffee?

Try our blog at It's really good and full of interesting stuff to read!

What is Arabica coffee? Is it from Arabia?

Er... no it’s not from Arabia, although a lot of people do think that! It describes a particular variety of coffee bean which is generally grown higher above sea level, mostly above 1800ft, where the altitude, the climate and the ground conditions work in harmony to create a better quality, smoother tasting bean. That’s why we like it. It is more expensive than its lowland cousin, the Robusta bean, which sits in the shade a bit more, all bitter and sad... and not tasting that great.

So check all your coffee in the future and ask only for 100% Arabica coffee!

What are the differences between a filter and espresso coffee?

It’s a good question, but we think we are going to let our Founder, Richard Jones answer this one:

"Imagine an espresso shot as a filter coffee under a microscope - everything is hugely magnified… the body is thicker and heavier, and all the flavours, all the acids and sugars are now much much more intense. The job of our Roastmaster is to find the most sympathetic roast profile to the bean and to the espresso too. Alternatively, with a filter brewed coffee – it works from mere gravity rather than high pressured water – so the coffee has a lighter, less syrupy feel to it and the flavours are much less magnified – so I have to find a roast profile that can really showcase all the coffee's flavour in a filter brew..."

What does Roast Strength mean?

It generally refers to how the beans have been roasted, to what temperature and over what time. The longer the time and the higher the temperature, the darker the bean and the stronger, more acidic the taste you get at the end. We all like our coffees different ways, so the roast strength is a good indicator of where to start when thinking about what to buy.

What do I need to do to become a Roastmaster?

All Roastmasters will tell you the same thing: a lifetime of coffee passion and obsession that verges on being weird! You asked!

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