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To deliver first-class enjoyment at the click of a button, Tchibo uses only coffee and tea from 100% certified sustainable sources for its Cafissimo capsules​. Tchibo not only sets high sustainability standards for Cafissimo coffee and tea, but also for the machines and capsules. Tchibo experts are continuously developing the Cafissimo system so that we can provide top-quality coffee long-term – for responsible coffee enjoyment today and into the future.

Cafissimo – Enjoy responsibly.

To be able to guarantee 100% sustainably grown coffee and tea, Tchibo works with internationally accredited labelling organisations. Together, Tchibo and the organisations help to promote environmentally and socially responsible farming methods, protect the environment, and preserve an intact habitat.

All raw coffees used in the Cafissimo standard range and the origin varieties are 100% from coffee farms that meet the certification standards of the Rainforest Alliance Certified™ or the UTZ Certified sustainability program.

What makes our capsules sustainable?

  • Inside: 100% sustainable coffee. We only use certified coffees from sustainable cultivation.
  • Outside: 100% recyclable capsules. Cafissimo capsule materials are a valuable material that can be recycled, serving as the basis for new products.

We are also careful to ensure the sustainability of our outer packaging, i.e. the folding cartons the Cafissimo capsules come in. Most of the cardboard used is made of recycled fibres. Customers can recycle the folding cartonsthrough paper and cardboard recycling schemes (blauer Sack / blaue Tonne).

Why does Tchibo continue to use capsules with Cafissimo, despite criticism from the media?

In developing our products, we always put our customers’ needs first. Nowadays, many more consumers live in small households, and are increasingly choosing to buy food in smaller units or in single portions – not just with a view to freshness, but also to reduce waste. Capsules make exactly this possible: a quick and uncomplicated preparation of a small and custom-fit quantity of coffee, always fresh tasting, without having to pour away leftover coffee.

And yet, we also strive to reduce waste, which is why we have optimised the production of our capsules in such a way that customers can now recycle the capsules their household recycling scheme (gelbe Tonne / gelber Sack).

How does a coffee become certified?

Coffee farmers can have their farm certified if they meet the requirements of a given standard (Rainforest Alliance, Fairtrade, UTZ or BIO). Once they have contacted the certification organisation, the farms usually begin by doing a self-assessment. Afterwards, an on-site audit is carried out by experts accredited by the certifying organisation, to determine whether the cultivation and other conditions are in accordance with the standard’s requirements. If the farmer has successfully demonstrated this, he can sell his crop as certified. The certifying organisation checks the certified farms at regular intervals.

What does ‘100% recyclable’ mean?

‘100% recyclable’ means that all Cafissimo capsules are reusable and can be recycled, so that new products can be created from them.

Has the capsule material changed?

No, the materials our capsules are made of have not changed. We continue to use plastic (polypropylene) because we feel that according to the latest state of knowledge, this material represents the most sustainable option. Therefore, we have now optimised our capsules for the recycling process, so that they can be optimally identified in the recycling companies’ sorting systems.

Which is the better capsule material? Plastic or aluminium?

Researchers are not entirely in agreement on this. Both are recyclable materials. However, the production of aluminium is very energy-intensive and consumes valuable environmental resources. In addition, aluminium is suspected of being harmful to human health. For these reasons, Tchibo decided against aluminium for Cafissimo, and chose to use recyclable plastic (polypropylene). Of course, we will continue to keep an eye on the subject of capsule material, as research is still ongoing in this field. It goes without saying that we will monitor all new developments closely, and test their practicability for Cafissimo.

Why are the capsules now white on the inside?

If you look closely, you can see that the inner layer of the capsule is now white (instead of dark as before). The switch to a white inner layer makes it possible for the sorting systems to identify the capsules. This is a prerequisite for the capsules being recycled into new products.

What is the recycling rate? Is it really possible for all the capsules to be recycled?

The average recycling rate for Cafissimo capsules, as certified by an external institute, is 81%. Compared with the competition, this is a very good value; our competitors don’t score higher than this, either.

How energy-efficient are the Cafissimo machines?

Cafissimo machines are an equally elemental component in the Cafissimo system – and we developed them with a view to eco-friendliness and energy efficiency as well. The Cafissimo TUTTOCAFFÈ automatically switches off after nine minutes. This saves energy and protects the environment.

Our Cafissimo LATTE is the fully automatic variety among capsule machines. Thanks to its automatic standby feature, it switches to standby mode after only nine minutes, making it particularly eco-friendly and energy-saving.

We were able to significantly reduce the standby time in our all-rounder, the Cafissimo CLASSIC. The machine automatically switches to energy-saving mode after seven minutes and consumes only 0.04 watts/h in this mode.

Our Cafissimo PURE switches to energy-saving mode after only nine minutes, making it particularly eco-friendly and energy-saving.

The Cafissimo MINI also works in a sustainable and energy-efficient way. After nine minutes of no activity, an integrated automatic shut-off function is activated.