Are Nespresso capsules safe?
Are the Nespresso capsules safe? They are made from aluminum with a food grade shellac coating, not sure if that is safe when hot water forces through it. Any plastic leaching issues?
As far as I know, there is nothing to worry about with the Nespresso capsules. Going on what the manufacturer tells us, the water and coffee comes into contact only with the shellac.
This is more than can be said for the various single-serve cups and discs used with other systems, which all appear to use plastics of some kind.
But wait, you’re not out of the woods yet!
While the capsules used by Nespresso may not be made of plastic, parts within the brewer itself almost certainly are.
To be fair, while I have used a friend’s Nespresso machine, I don’t have one of my own. But I’m guess that the guts of the machine contain plastics which come into contact with the hot water.
I know that with other brewers -including drip brewers and at least two single-serve systems - the first few cups of coffee you brew have an awful plastic taste. With one brewing system I have, I had to run hot water and vinegar through the system 20 times before I got rid of that taste.
Of course, just because I had flushed out the taste didn’t mean that I wasn’t still ingesting lower levels of chemicals which continued to leach from the brewer.
There are two ways of dealing with the issues of toxic plastics in coffee makers. One is to bury your head in the sand and just hope the ill-effects are not that serious. The second is to seek out more simple brewing systems that contain no plastic.
Other pages you might be interested in:
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