My name is Lynda and I confess I am a polluter. As the happy owner of a Bosch Tassimo hot beverage dispenser I regularly use the disposable pods criticized by environmentalists for polluting our landfill sites. But I can explain. I chose the Tassimo over the Keurig beverage dispenser because it makes cappuccino and latte drinks which Keurig does not. Both manufacturers are under the gun for their disposable pods but only Keurig makes a pod that is refillable by the owner. This means you can put your own brand of coffee or tea in their refillable pod. Good corporate citizen. Tassimo does not make a refillable pod. Bad corporate citizen.
Both types of hot beverage dispenser are popular because they quickly and easily provide a single instant serving of a hot drink without having to boil a kettle or make an entire pot of coffee or tea. That’s an energy-saving in itself so the system isn’t entirely bad. I know there are other dispensers on the market but these are the two I am familiar with.
The solution to the landfill/environmental issue for these machines is simple. All KDP owners have to do is keep the container of their favourite brand of coffee handy and use the refillable pod, which is ultimately is less expensive per cup. Tassimo does not provide a refillable pod although there are many complicated suggestions on the internet for recycling them but it’s a major hassle. My favourite brand of tea is Red Rose and Tassimo does not carry this brand. I have used the Twining and Tetley pods but the tea is not entirely to my liking. If they would simply provide a reusable pod, I could pop a Red Rose tea bag into the receptacle and, voila, no more landfill. I have managed to get around the issue by running clear hot water through the machine and dropping a tea bag into the cup but then I get the tannins floating on top which we tea aficionados do not like.
The downside of refillable pods for the beverage dispenser manufacturers is that they make a s#$%load of money on their pods at fifty cents a cup, just like the toner providers for inkjet and laser printers. They have us captive. You can make a difference in the recycling issue by e-mailing Tassimo and help me put pressure on them to create a refillable pod. The fault lies with Bosch, the manufacturer of the machines. Send them an email at this link. Maybe the squeaky wheel will get some decent tea to drink and we can help save the environment.
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