Neo's new line of coffee pods is made of paper that can be composted at home and uses 70% less packaging than conventional capsules


Nestlé’s Nescafé Dolce Gusto Neo coffee system. (Credit: Nestlé)

Coffee capsule system maker Nescafé Dolce Gusto has rolled out its next-generation coffee machines and pods, dubbed Neo, for a coffee shop-at-home experience.

Developed over five years at Nestlé’s R&D Center for Systems in Switzerland, Nestlé’s Nescafé Dolce Gusto Neo uses high-quality, advanced technology, and sustainability to offer the brand’s best coffee quality and a sustainable system.

According to the firm, Neo’s new line of coffee pods is made of paper that can be composted at home and uses 70% less packaging than conventional capsules. It produces superior coffee in a compostable pod without sacrificing taste, the firm claimed.

The company’s patented SmartBrew technology uses three brewing methods so that customers can have espressos, americanos, and drip-style coffees in their own homes in one single machine, with a touch of a button.

Neo identifies the pod automatically, customising the brewing process for each chosen coffee.

TÜV Austria, an international certification organisation, has accredited Neo’s paper-based pods for industrial and residential composting.

Nestlé said that these pods are made from 1g of paper certified by Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) suppliers and lined with a biodegradable biopolymer. It maintains the quality and freshness of Nescafé Dolce Gusto’s Neo coffee.

Nestlé Coffee Brands head David Rennie said: “Nestlé is a relentless innovator in the coffee category. We are continuously looking to bring consumers new experiences, variety and quality in their coffee, in a sustainable way.

“With Nescafé Dolce Gusto Neo, we have created the perfect combination of a great coffee experience, new coffee system and packaging, all in one.”

Customers can even customise their coffee brewing remotely with the use of the machine’s smartphone connectivity. Every time coffee is made, Nescafé Dolce Gusto’s loyalty programme offers rewards and recommendations tailored to the consumer’s profile, Nestlé added.

The thermoblock, which heats the water, is made of 85% recycled aluminium, while the coffee maker itself is made of 50% recycled plastic. It has an A++ energy class rating, a switch-off eco-mode, and is made to be easier to disassemble and repair.

The firm aims to launch Neo in Brazil this year with plans to expand to more countries later.