• Capsules Part 5

    28 July 2017

    Singapore – Nespresso The Nespresso juggernaut rolls on. It’s hard to go anywhere these days without the ubiquitous Nespresso capsule following you. I was recently in Singapore and the gambit of Nespresso machines were proudly on display at my hotel. The Citiz , small footprint, incredibly short warm up time is found in every room.....

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  • Capsules Part 4

    30 June 2017

    Nespresso and Vitorinox In a lovely piece of sustainability marketing, Nespresso has teamed with Victorinox, the iconic Swiss knife maker, to create a gorgeous pocketknife. Each knife incorporates 24 Livanto capsules that have been melted and then recast to produce a striking and elegant textured bronze casing housing the blades. Livanto doesn’t actually mean anything....

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  • Capsules Part 3

    10 August 2016

    Illy Capsules The ubiquitous capsule machine is now standard fare in any hotel room.  One of the more stylish machines available is Illy’s Francis Francis Y3. Whilst its name is a little long winded, the machine certainly is not. It’s sleek, about as wide as an espresso cup and guest proof to operate.  Illy of....

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  • Capsules Part 2

    26 May 2016

    The growth of the coffee capsule market in the last two decades has been meteoric. Nespresso presciently identified the potential of the market and was the first global player to dedicate the R&D and marketing resources to exploit that potential. The numbers are now astonishing with Nespresso selling 6 billion capsules last year. The U.S.....

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  • Capsules Part 1

    10 May 2016

    The environmental impacts of coffee capsules are well documented yet those concerns have had little impact upon their popularity with sales and sales projections growing exponentially.  Nevertheless, responding to an emerging green refrain, the city of Hamburg has recently published a 150 page “ Guide to Green Procurement “. Not surprisingly, coffee capsules are now....

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    Starbucks – Singapore

    25 August 2017

    The city-state of Singapore is young having gained independence in 1965. It’s also very small, covering an area of 719 square kilometers; 23% of that land reclaimed since independence. In December 1996 Starbucks commenced operations in Singapore and in 2014 Starbucks opened its 100th store. The store is located in a beautiful colonial heritage building,....

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  • Starbucks – Milan

    16 March 2017

    Whatever you think about Starbucks coffee, you have to hand it to Howard Schultz. The founder and CEO of Starbucks coffee, set to commence operations in Milan at the end of 2018 has chosen Palazzo Delle Poste on Piazza Cordusio as the site of his first European Roastery. A beautiful turn of the 19th Century....

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  • Starbucks

    29 March 2016

    Starbucks is a global coffee behemoth. One of the world’s most recognized brands, its stores can be found in hundreds of countries and importantly thousands of airports; great if you are looking for Wi Fi and comfortable chair. CEO Howard Schultz was inspired after a trip to Italy in 1983 where he fell in love...

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